Where we are based:
For young people aged between 11–17 years
The Swindon Dance CAT is a part-time, pre-vocational training programme that gives young people from across the South West who have a passion for dance, access to high quality dance training outside of their academic studies. The Swindon Dance CAT supports each individual student to develop the technical, creative and performance skills in dance as well as the knowledge and understanding that will prepare young dancers for higher vocational training and ultimately a career in dance if they decide to follow this pathway. The Swindon Dance CAT runs 3 programmes:
Swindon Contemporary Programme (SCP)
The Swindon Contemporary Programme is based at Swindon Dance and runs on Saturday afternoons. It follows a 6 term format each of 5 weeks, with intensive courses during the academic breaks; key dates are given at the start of each year. Students study; ballet and contemporary dance techniques, improvisation, choreography and performance skills, healthier dancer and dance contextual studies. There are weekly enhancement classes on Wednesday evenings in ballet and contemporary for all students that can make it to Swindon after their school day.
Amie Hawker (Coordinator)
Telephone: 01793 601702 option 1
Swindon Urban Programme (SUP)
The Swindon Urban programme is based at Swindon Dance and runs on Sundays. It follows a 6 term format each of 5 weeks, with intensive courses during the academic breaks; key dates are given at the start of each year. Students study a range of street styles including; popping, breaking, house and hip hop, also choreography, performance skills and contextual studies.
Alongside the regular term timetable of classes for each programme, the intensive courses during the academic breaks introduce students to guest choreographers and dance companies; there is a yearly end of year performance at Swindon Dance and other external performance projects. Each student is expected to attend other classes, workshops and performances outside of the Swindon Dance CAT to further enhance the work of the weekend training. The Swindon Dance CAT actively encourages and financially supports them in this endeavour. Students and parents meet with the team to discuss their personal training needs through an individual training plan (ITP).
The Swindon Dance CAT is delivered outside of school hours, in half terms and school holidays and every effort is made to keep a balance between academic studies and dance training.
Charlene Smith (Coordinator)
Telephone: 01793 601702 option 2
Open Days and Auditions:
The Swindon Dance CAT hold Open Days offering an opportunity to find out more about each of the programmes. Open Days are taking place in March and April:
- Sunday 10th March 2019 – Swindon Urban Programme at Swindon Dance
- Saturday 23rd March 2019 – Swindon Contemporary Programme at Swindon Dance
Access onto the programme is by audition only which are held in June on the following dates:
- Saturday 1st and Wednesday 26th June 2019– Swindon Contemporary Programme at Swindon Dance
- Sunday 2nd and Thursday 27th June 2019 – Swindon Urban Programme at Swindon Dance
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