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Age range:

For young people aged between 11–19 years

Core curriculum:

Swindon Dance’s Centre for Advanced Training (CAT) delivers world-class dance training to young talents aged 11-19. Our programmes cater to dedicated dancers with a passion for their art.

Comprising the Bournemouth Contemporary (pilot) Programme (starting Nov 2024), Exeter Contemporary, Exeter Street Dance (new for Sept 2024), Swindon BalletSwindon Contemporary and Swindon Street Dance programmes, we are one of nine National CATs across the UK.

Talented young dancers join us from the South West to embark on this transformative journey. Supported by the Music and Dance Scheme under the Department for Education, grants make our training accessible, often free or at a subsidized fee. We’re also committed to alleviating additional financial burdens, covering travel, class reimbursements outside of those offered by CAT, performance tickets, and physiotherapy sessions when necessary.


Bournemouth Contemporary (pilot) Programme 

Swindon Dance’s Centre for Advanced Training (CAT) is shaking things up with a brand new programme launching in November 2024, all about Contemporary Dance! Whether you dream of a dance career or just want to dip your toes into the world of contemporary moves, the Bournemouth Contemporary (pilot) Programme is here to spot and support talented 11-19-year-olds. No matter your background, get ready for top-notch training that could pave the way to a successful career in contemporary dance.

This 10-week pilot programme will kick off in November 2024 at Pavilion Dance South West. Get ready to fill your Saturday afternoons with contemporary, improvisation, choreography and ballet.


Katie Purcell
Telephone: 01793 601700
Email: Katie.purcell@swindondance.org.uk

Experience Days: 

Dive into the CAT and feel the buzz of our program up close and personal. Get a sneak peek into our top-notch training before you dive into that crucial audition moment. During your visit, you’ll get to mingle with our awesome teaching team and join in on two exciting classes. Get the lowdown on auditions, discover the sweet fully-funded spots we have, and wrap your head around what it takes to be part of the CAT programme. We welcome dancers of any skill level, with classes set at a friendly pace for everyone, ensuring a day full of fun and learning.

Thursday 30th & Friday 31st May 2024 at Pavilion Dance South West




You can only glide your way onto the Bournemouth Contemporary (pilot) Programme through an audition on September 21, 2024. Auditions are free, but you gotta fill out an app to snag a spot. Let’s see what the South West’s dance scene has up its sleeve!



Katie Purcell

Head of Programme

Swindon Dance
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01793 601700

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