The scheme is devised to prepare young dance artists for full-time professional dance training, university or to go straight into the dance profession and includes tuition in five key areas:
- Dance Technique
- Creative dance and choreography
- Dancers’ health and wellbeing
- Cultural activities such as theatre and gallery trips, workshops and volunteering opportunities
The curriculum is intended to give students a strong basic grounding in technical and creative skills, as well as an introduction to the wider dance profession.
Classes take place at the host organisation; some schemes also offer satellite classes within their regions especially the South Asian and Street Dance strands. Please look at the ‘Your Nearest Dance CAT’ to find out more information and for links to the hosts own website.
All students also take part in intensive projects which may take place over a weekend, Easter and summer holiday workshops, often with leading British and international dance artists.
All students receive an Individual Training Plan (ITP) to aid their development and highlight personal goals and needs. The scheme is delivered outside of school time and every effort is made to encourage a healthy balance between academic work, dance training and normal life. In certain circumstances it is possible to tailor a more individualised programme for those who may have difficulty travelling to one of the Dance CAT classes during the week.