Background: National Dance CATs

Helping young dance enthusiasts realise their potential.

National Dance CATs

The Dance CAT's have formed the National Dance CAT Group made up of representatives from each of the nine CATs, in order to develop stronger communication and joint working. They meet regularly, organise joint events, performances and training and have set up a website that contains information and resources about the scheme nationally.

National Dance CATs are supported through the Government's Music and Dance Scheme and operate from host organisations recognised for their excellence and commitment to the arts and vocational training.

National Dance CATs deliver accessible, non-residential, professional training programmes for young people aged 10 to 18 years who demonstrate exceptional potential in dance.

Official website

The CAT Programme

Trinity Laban is just one of the centres offering the CAT Programme - providing training and research, promoting best practice and offering exceptional and innovative tuition to young people, regardless of their personal circumstances.

Experts from the professional dance industry nurture and encourage CAT students through a broad range of dance activities; designed to maximise their learning and enable them to excel technically and artistically. At Trinity Laban the training aims to develop dance technique, fitness and health, while offering performance opportunities and creative workshops.

Each Centre maintains close links with influential dance companies and artists, creating opportunities for children to work with and build relations with future employers, and to gain an inspiring yet realistic insight into the profession. Regular one-on-one tutorials and mentoring offer valuable careers advice and help equip students with the skills to successfully audition for elite vocational dance schools at 11, 16 or 18 years.

Centres for Advanced Training assist young people in making informed decisions about pursuing their chosen discipline professionally. If they choose to do so, National Dance CATs are perfectly placed to set students on pathways to rewarding, self-sustaining careers in dance.

Department of Education

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