Where we are based:


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 Exeter ContemporarySwindon 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.

Exeter Contemporary Programme

Nestled within DanSci Studio and Exeter University, the Exeter Contemporary programme operates bi-weekly from 11am to 5pm on Sundays during term time. Under the tutelage of industry-leading choreographers and artists, students delve into skills and techniques of:

  • contemporary
  • ballet
  • jazz
  • improvisation
  • choreography
  • performance



Catherine Lee (Coordinator)

Telephone: 07538 934840

Email: catherine.lee@swindondance.org.uk

Open Days and Auditions:

For prospective dancers, we strongly recommend attending our free Open Day or Experience Day as a vital introduction to our world of dance excellence. These are free to attend and must be booked in advance. Open Days take place in February, Experience Days in February and April. Auditions will take place between March and July. 


Apply online

If you have already attended an open day and/or are familiar with the CAT then feel free to apply to audition straight away. No previous dance experience is necessary but we do look for energy, commitment, potential and a passion for dance. For further information please visit www.swindondance.org.uk/cat


Katie Purcell

Programme Manager

Town Hall Studios,
Regent Circus,
Swindon SN1 1QF

01793 601702

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