Are you 13-16 years old and passionate about dance? Can your
moves rival Justin Bieber, Diversity or Strictly's finest? It
doesn't matter how much experience you've had, if you love dancing
and are interested in becoming a professional dancer, Trinity Laban
in Deptford wants you! The leading dance conservatoire is looking
for enthusiastic young dancers of all abilities to join its Centre
of Advanced Training (CAT), which offers top quality training to
those with exceptional talent and potential in dance.
Trinity Laban's CAT is part of a national programme funded by the Department for Education's Music and Dance Scheme, and students come from all walks of life. They work with top dance teachers and choreographers in weekly classes on Saturdays and one evening a week in term time, as well as taking part in special projects during the holidays. They study different types of dance from contemporary to ballet, choreography to health and fitness, and students have opportunities to perform, go to dance performances and receive careers advice. Previous projects have included showcases at big name venues like the Southbank Centre and Sadler's Wells.
CAT students also take part in workshops and performance projects with well-known dance companies and choreographers. From September 2011, CAT students will work with the critically-acclaimed Nigel Charnock, Sarah Linstra, Freddy Opoku-Addaie and Wayne McGregor | Random Dance. Trinity Laban's CAT team is always keen to encourage more boys and young men to get involved in dance and the programme includes activities just for boys.
CAT training has proved so beneficial that 95% of graduates who have auditioned for further training have been offered places at leading dance training institutions including Trinity Laban, London Contemporary Dance School, Northern School of Contemporary Dance and Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary. Each CAT student has an Individual Training Plan devised in consultation with their parents/carers and a teacher to help make sure that they get the right balance between school work, dance studies and other areas of their life.
Attending a free Open Day is the best way to find out if CAT is the right choice for you. The team is recruiting for entry in September 2011, and Open Days take place in late March 2011 followed by auditions (applicants can attend auditions without visiting an open day). Open Days include a practical dance class and an opportunity for parents and carers to find out more. To find out more or to book your place on an open day, please contact Bethan Peters on 020 8691 8600 or email [email protected]
Financial support is available for every CAT student on a means tested basis and Trinity Laban bursaries are also available due to generous support from The Leverhulme Trust.
Trinity Laban's CAT Programme Manager Martin Collins says, "Passion is the key to success so if you have bags of enthusiasm for dance get in touch and start dancing! It really doesn't matter how much experience you've had, some people join CAT having never taken dance classes before, and leave with a place at one of the country's top training institutions. CAT is designed to give budding dancers a foot up in the industry, and young people travel from all over London and the country to join - we have students from as far afield as Kent, Southampton and Essex."
For more information, please see www.trinitylaban.ac.uk/cat