The Centre for Advanced Training (CAT) at The Place, also home to London Contemporary Dance School, is based in the heart of central London. Our programme is for young people aged 11-18yrs old who have energy, commitment, potential and above all, a passion for dance.
Our CAT Programme
Our classes run every Saturday (12.30-5.45) during term time and Tuesday (5.30-8.15) and Wednesday (5.30-7.30) after school, where you take part in fun yet challenging lessons in contemporary, ballet and creative.
Tuesday and Wednesday evening classes are for those students who can get to The Place after school. If you live outside of London, and cannot travel to the Place during the week, CAT will support you financially to attend a contemporary and ballet class in your local area. This will be pre-arranged with the CAT Management Team.
We hold three intensives per year to give our students a broad dance education programme and to experience other dance styles and genres:
The October Intensive in half term, brings in Hip-Hop, African Dance, Body Percussion, Masterclasses with Dance conservatoires and University’s, audition preparation classes and more!
The Easter and Summer Intensives are 4-6 day intensives where students come in every day and work with a professional dance artist or company to create a piece. These pieces are then performed at the end of each creation week, with the Summer Show being in the Robin Howard Theatre at The Place. The Summer Show is a big end of year celebration of all the students hard work over the year and a graduation ceremony for those who are going into Higher Education.
Additional enrichment activities
On top of our regular classes you will be offered Physical Health support; screenings and body conditioning classes, performance projects at The Place, collaborative projects with other CAT centres or youth dance projects, and organised theatre trips. We also devise a bespoke Individual Training Plan (ITP) with you to support you to get the most out of your training with us, where we can monitor and support your learning. As CAT is delivered outside of school hours, in half terms and school holidays, every effort is made to keep a balance between academic studies and dance training.
CAT aim to engage with anyone who has a passion for dance and are generously funded by the Department for Education Music and Dance Scheme (MDS). This means that the training can be fully or partially funded through grants that are awarded based on household income. This enables us to support any young person with the skills and confidence to be the next generation of future leaders in the field of dance and beyond. No previous dance experience is necessary, we look for energy, commitment, potential and passion, we actively welcome young people who have not had the opportunity to take any previous dance classes. CAT can teach you all you need to know.
Applications for September 2022 entry are NOW OPEN.
Visit The Place CAT website and make your application CLICK HERE
Deadline: Monday 20 June 2022, 12pm
Admissions Workshops are at The Place on Saturday 25 March and Saturday 2 July 2022
Download our prospectus here THE PLACE CAT PROSPECTUS