Where we are based:

London – Covering London, Greater London, Kent, East/West Sussex, Essex, Surrey, Herts, Hampshire

Age Range:

For young people aged between 12-18yrs

Core Curriculum:

The Centre for Advanced Training at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance is based in the award-winning Laban Building in Deptford, South East London. Students attend every Saturday from 10.30-17.00 and take classes in contemporary dance technique, ballet technique and creative workshops (1.5 hours each), as well as a short morning conditioning class. Additional weekday classes in ballet and contemporary technique are offered and we also run practical intensives in October and February half term and the Easter holiday, providing the opportunity to work with visiting professional artists. Theatre trips are also organised to London dance venues.

The scheme aims to identify talented and motivated young people who have the potential for a career in dance and provides a challenging and supportive programme that nurtures the young dance artist as a reflective performer and creative artist. We teach the boys and girls separately for their technique classes, in order to meet their technical needs.

Open Days and Auditions

Open Days
Open Days are a chance to find out more about the Trinity Laban Dance CAT programme and include a practical dance class for the applicant, with an opportunity for the parent/carer to find out more information about the scheme. These are free sessions and dates are as follows:

Saturday 12 March 2022, 10.15-12.40h

Sunday 20 March 2022, 10.15-12.40h

We hold a 2-stage audition process. Everyone who applies will be invited to a first audition and we then select individuals to attend a final audition. We welcome applicants with varying dance experience, gained in formal and informal settings.

First round CAT auditions for entry 2022/23 will be on:

  • Wednesday 6 April 2022, 14.15-16.45h
  • Saturday 23 April 2022, 10.15-12.45h
  • Saturday 7 May 2022, 10.15-12.45h

Final Second round Auditions will be on:

  • Saturday 21 May 2022
  • Sunday 22 May 2022

Application forms for Open Days and Auditions will be available from January 2022 and more information can be found here.


Niesha Holder

Centre for Advanced Training Programme Manager

Laban Building,
London SE8 3DZ

020 8305 9366

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Joey Barton joined the Trinity Laban CAT programme in 2011. During his time on CAT he worked with artists such as Tavaziva Dance, Mafalda Deville, Aurtha Pita and Wina Burnett-Smith for Hofesh Shechter Company. How did you discover the CAT scheme? Through chance, I managed to find the CAT scheme. I followed friends to an after-school club which then led me onto a weekday class at the Laban building. I was very fortunate to have been at the Laban building when the auditions for CAT were on. What had been…