Do you see your future in dance? Are you ready to commit to an intensive programme of training? Are you aged 13-16?
The Centre for Advanced Training (CAT) at Trinity Laban is an innovative scheme offering young people with exceptional talent and potential in dance the opportunity to access high quality dance training. The programme of classes provides intensive and rigorous dance training taught by a highly experienced team of professional dance teachers and artists.
The Centre for Advanced Training aims to:
- Actively seek out and identify talented and motivated young people who have the potential for a career in dance.
- Provide a challenging and supportive programme that nurtures the young dance artist as a reflective performer and creative artist.
- Develop each student's understanding of their own physical potential so they can work safely and with understanding as dance artists.
- Ensure that the students have the opportunity to work with and learn from established professional dance artists.
- Extend the cultural experience of the students through a range of visits to see professional dance work in a range of genres, theatres, galleries and concerts.
- Collaborate where appropriate with Junior Trinity to establish a vital link between dance and music students within the DCSF Music and Dance Scheme.
- Provide information about further dance training and higher education so that participants can make informed decisions about future career choices and pathways.
CAT is part of a national programme funded and developed by the Department for Education, Music and Dance Scheme. Centres exist nationwide, including one other in North London at London Contemporary Dance School. For more information about the national scheme, please visit National Dance CATs.
Here you will find a course content summary for the CAT programme including details on workshops, studies, health and technique.
Dance Technique and Performing Skills
Students will undertake classes in contemporary dance and ballet supported by other complementary dance forms in order to develop:
• Physical strength, flexibility, agility, co-ordination and efficiency of movement
• Correct posture, placement and alignment
• Spatial awareness, body line and design
• Articulation and clarity of movement
• Movement constituents of the movement vocabularies of the styles studied
• Projection / focus; clarity of intention; appropriate use of dynamics
• Sensitivity to musical phrasing and dynamics
• Use of different movement qualities
• Ability to respond / be present in the moment of presentation
• Ability to utilise and retain feedback
• Use of energy and sense of whole body engagement
Dance Fitness and Health
The aim of the Performance Enhancement (PEn) sessions is to support technical and creative training. The content focuses more on general physical functioning and less on particular dance styles or techniques. The approach is supported by current Dance Science research and knowledge.
Within the PEn sessions the following areas will be worked on:
• Stamina and fitness levels
• Muscular strength and conditioning
• Alignment and control
• Body and anatomical awareness
The PEn sessions will also provide and explain best practice strategies such as:
• Warm-up and cool-down
• Effective stretching
• Positive mental attitude
• Nutrition and hydration for energy giving purposes
• Use of psychological skills such as imagery, to support physical training
Creative Workshops and Choreography
Students will have regular creative workshops and experience with professional choreographers. Students will be encouraged to be imaginative, innovative and take creative risks through:
• Exploring dance ideas/concepts in response to a variety of stimuli e.g. kinaesthetic, literary, visual, auditory, contemporary issues, repertoire, styles and traditions
• Selecting, structuring, and refining movement material
• Developing initial movement ideas into final choreographic form through selecting and developing action, dynamic, rhythmic and spatial content
• Using choreographic devices, e.g. motif, variation and development, chance, unison, canon, climax
• Forming the overall shape of the dance
• Structuring appropriate relationships between content and form in the expression of a dance idea
• Considering the relationship of dance and music
• Communicating artistic intention and the expression of dance ideas/concepts
• Reflecting and evaluating throughout the choreographic process
In order to develop the student's practical experience of performing, there will be regular performance opportunities in a variety of settings and to different audiences, including:
• Termly informal sharing's of work for family and friends
• Contributing to the Youth and Community Dance Platforms
• Performances in Laban's Bonnie Bird Theatre
• Performing in theatres in and out of London
In order to support the dance curriculum, and ensure that each individual encounters a range of artistic and creative opportunities and is prepared for progression into further training, the following will be included either as part of the Saturday programme or in the additional study days or intensive courses:
• Practical workshops in a range of dance/movement genres e.g. African, South Asian, Hip Hop, Capoeira
• Visits to see professional dance work in a range of genres and a variety of cultural experiences available in London including theatre performances and art exhibitions
• Collaborative music and dance projects with Junior Trinity
• Careers information and advice
How to Apply
We are looking for enthusiastic, creative young people between the ages of 13 and 16 years to apply for the 2018/2019 intake onto the Trinity Laban CAT programme in Spring 2018. No formal qualifications are needed.
We welcome applicants with varying dance experience, gained in formal or informal settings. Applicants should be highly motivated, eager to develop new skills and ready for a long term commitment to an intensive programme of regular dance training.
Trinity Laban is committed to encouraging more boys and young men to get involved in dance. We have a high percentage of boys on the CAT programme and actively encourage them to apply for the scheme.
If you would like to apply for the Trinity Laban CAT programme we recommend you do the following:
- Attend one of our open days to find out more
- Fill out an application form
- Attend an audition (you don't need to have attended an open day to audition)
Attending an Open Day is the best way to find out if CAT is the right choice for you and experience taking a class in our building.
Open Days are free and include a practical dance class for the applicant with an opportunity for the parent/carer to find out more information about the programme. The open days are not part of the audition process and are not a prerequisite to audition for the CAT programme.
Our next open days will be in March 2019.
We hold a two-stage audition process. Everyone who applies will be invited to a first audition which includes group-based practical dance sessions and the opportunity for you and your parent/carer to find out more about CAT. We will then select individuals to attend a final audition which will have a similar format and an informal interview.
Auditions for 2018 are now finished and will reopen for 2019 in February.
If you would like to find out more information about our open days or auditions please email email@example.com
Fees and Finance
CAT is funded by the Department for Education as part of its Music and Dance Scheme. Financial support is available for each individual to cover the cost of tuition, and in some cases travel, subject to residence conditions and means testing based on family income.
The full amount of grant for the school year starting in September 2017 will be £3,686.
You will not have to make any contribution to the CAT fees if your total relevant income is £30,227 or less in the tax year ended 5 April 2017. If your family income is more than £30,227 you will receive a smaller grant and you may have to make a contribution to the cost of your child attending the CAT.
Parents/Guardians of pupils accepted onto the Centre for Advanced Training are requested to fill out the Music and Dance Scheme's means testing form to assess whether their child/dependent is eligible for a full or partial grant.
The process is straightforward and calculates the income and benefits received per household in order to determine the government's contribution toward each student's dance training.
For more information, please visit the Department for Education website.
The amount of grant and any subsequent parental contribution for academic year 2017/18 is set out in the following table:
Note: Assessable income is calculated after a deduction of £2051 per dependent child including the CAT child.
Total family income
Amount of grant
Amount of contribution
up to £30,227
£30,228 to £34,257
£34,258 to £38,288
£38,289 to £42,318
£42,319 to £46,348
£46,349 to £50,378
£50,379 to £54,410
£54,411 to £58,440
£58,441 to £62,470
£62,471 to £66,498
£66,499 or more
What Does the Fee Pay for?
The fee covers all of the student's dance training fees, including Saturday and weekday classes (if relevant), theatre trips and CAT merchandise.
Payments can be made in one lump sum or in three termly instalments.
If you would like any more information about CAT fees and finances please contact the CAT manager Katy Pearce via email: K.Pearce@trinitylaban.ac.uk
As part of the CAT, Trinity Laban is committed to delivering an extensive outreach programme in order to identify potential in younger children and guide them towards appropriate dance training to nurture their potential and help prepare them to audition for the CAT if they wish.
From October 2017, we will be offering London schools a free CAT taster dance workshop for up to 25 students in Years 8, 9 or 10 (the group we work with is your choice). This session will offer students the opportunity to experience high quality contemporary and creative dance, and give them information about the Centre for Advanced Training at Trinity Laban.
We are also offering the workshops to schools in Kent in partnership with Loop Dance company. Schools in Kent interested in a workshop can contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The workshop will be delivered by one of our CAT outreach team, who are practitioners for Trinity Laban's Centre for Advanced Training, and will last two hours in total.
We encourage schools to visit us so students can experience our award-winning building and dance in our professional studios. There will also be an opportunity for the group to tour the building and see the degree students training. However, if you would like us to visit your school, this is also possible.
We will be offering the sessions between October 2017 and March 2018 prior to our CAT Open Days in March, so any students who are interested may attend the open days and then audition if they wish.
For further information about Trinity Laban's CAT outreach programme or to book a workshop, please contact Emily Robinson on 020 8305 9419 or email email@example.com.
The Trinity Laban Centre for Advanced Training (CAT) programme is taught by a group of highly experienced professional dance teachers and artists. Staff biographies can be found below.
Will trained at London Contemporary Dance School where he gained BA Hons in contemporary dance. In 2004, he joined Transitions Dance Company at Trinity Laban, a programme that brings together the world’s most exciting choreographers & exceptional young dancers touring the UK, Japan & Singapore. After Transitions Will performed in Matthew Bourne’s 'Swan Lake' completing two International Tours, a UK tour and Sadler's Wells season. Will has taught at graduate and undergraduate level as well as many youth and community projects and more recently at Arts Educational Schools London. He is currently the lead teacher for the Centre for Advanced Training at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and has just completed the Dance UK Dance Teaching Mentoring Programme 2013-2014 where he was mentored by Kerry Nicholls and London Contemporary Dance School. Will still performs & choreographs professionally, recently co-founding his own company Anecdotal Evidence.
Katherine trained at Central School of Ballet (CSB), London and graduated in 2006, following a year touring the UK as part of Ballet Central. Since graduating, she has performed both nationally and internationally and worked with choreographers including Simone Forti, Lucy Hind and Gary Clarke. Katherine regularly teaches Classical Ballet on the BA and MA courses at Trinity Laban and London Studio Centre, and has delivered Classical Ballet, Contemporary, South Asian dance and creative movement workshops extensively across the UK, including for The Royal Ballet School and Central School of Ballet. Katherine has choreographed for several projects including the Philip Lawrence Awards, Design for Dance, The Royal Ballet School and CSB. She is also one half of Them Two Dance, who have toured ‘Oltre la Luna’, ‘Shiny Shorts’ and ‘Random Acts of Kindness’ to outdoor festivals internationally.
Lucy Evans trained at London Contemporary Dance School and Laban as part of Transitions Dance Company 2007 gaining an MA in Dance Performance. Whilst in Transitions, Lucy toured work in the UK and Europe by Henri Okguike, Jenni Kivela, Pablo Ventura, Aszure Barton and Cristian Duarte. Her career as a freelance dance artist has included performing with H2dance, La Fura del Baus, Cie. Willi Dorner, e.dance, Aletta Collins, DeDa and the Olympics Closing Ceremony under the direction of Kym Gavin. She has taught for TrinityLaban, The Royal Ballet School, Urdang, Arts Educational Schools London, London Children’s Ballet, The Academy for Theatre Arts and Darren Ellis Dance. She received the Lisa Ullmann Travelling Scholarship in 2008 to deliver dance workshops to under privileged children and young people in La Paz, Bolivia. In September 2014, she was awarded a place on Dance UK’s Teacher Mentoring Program. Lucy co-founded her own dance theatre company ‘Anecdotal Evidence’ with William Aitchison in 2013 making work that uses text and movement. Other choreographic commissions for young people include creating ‘Fair-e-Tale’, a professional work for e.dance that toured schools in the North of England, as well as receiving commissions to create work for young people from U Dance, PrimarySteps and the Unicorn Theatre.
Niamh has successfully completed a BSc in Sports Science and Health and an MSc in Dance Science. Since graduating in 2006, she has worked extensively with dancers. Work includes, lecturing on the BA undergraduate Dance Science module at the University of Wolverhampton, teaching dancers health and injury prevention workshops with Akademi, Centre for Advanced Training (The Place and Trinity Laban), Springs Dance Company apprenticeship scheme and D and B School of Performing Arts.
Niamh's research interests include; optimal warm-up for dancers and the biomechanical effects of fatigue in dance. She has presented her research internationally at the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science. Her current position as Healthier Dancer Programme Manager at Dance UK ensures that she keeps up to date with current thinking and research within the field.
Niamh is passionate about young dancer's health - providing young training dancers with sound injury prevention and performance enhancement training and advice means that they enter the professional dancing world with an understanding of their own bodies and a tool kit to keep dancing longer and stronger.
Kieran trained at the Royal Ballet School. Upon graduating, he toured with the Royal Ballet and went on to dance with New York Theatre Ballet, Los Angeles Ballet, English National Ballet, Northern Ballet, Scottish Ballet and The National Ballet of Ireland. As an independent dancer, Kieran has worked with Michael Clark Company, Chantry Dance Company, Alexander Whitley Dance Company and Yorke Dance Project. He performed in 'The Most Incredible Thing', a collaboration between Choreographer Javier De Frutos and Pet Shop Boys; 'Fusional Fragments', a collaboration between Choreographer Marc Brew and percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie; 'FLOW' at The Print Room; 'Rootless Dialect' at Wilderness Festival with Hannah Rudd of Rambert; and '4×4 Ephemeral Architectures' with Gandini Juggling. Kieran has worked on various TV and film projects, has been a guest artist with Westside Ballet California, Irish National Youth Ballet, and Teatre Principal in Palma de Mallorca. Kieran teaches at Sylvia Young Theatre School and the CAT scheme at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.
Since graduating from Northern School of Contemporary Dance in 1998, Stuart has toured nationally and internationally with companies including Wired Aerial Theatre, Motionhouse Dance Theatre, Panta Rei Dance Theatre (Oslo), Dansconnect, Attik dance, Cscape, Interplay theatre company and Barebones. This includes credits such as Henri Ougike, Sharon Watson, Helen Blackburn, David Massingham, Mike Ashcroft (RSC), Rui Horta, Yorgos Karamalegos, Katie Green, Lois Taylor, Yael Flexer, Kenneth Tharp and Scott Ambler. He collaborated with Protein Dance (Luca Silvistrini) in the creation of the award-winning LOL (National Dance Awards Best Independent Dance Company 2011; British Council New Connections Award 2012). LOL went on to to tour worldwide. Stuart was also involved in the creation and UK tour of Boardertales for Protein Dance in 2013-2014. Stuart enjoys self-development training and completed his MA in Dance Studies at the London School of Contemporary Dance in 2012. He was awarded the Lisa Ullmann fund to travel to New York to train with Susan Klein in 2011, worked with Janet Smith as his mentor for the Dance UK mentorship programme in 2014, and completed his Reiki practitioner training in 2016.
Stuart has started to moving into the area of making his own work with a successful GFA application in 2014 and a research commission, 'creation space' from The Hall for Cornwall in 2015. Stuart has created a total of ten commissioned choreographic works for CAT dance schemes around the UK and BA performing arts courses UK-wide, including Roehampton, Bath Spa, Chichester, Kingston and Edge Hill Universities.
Stuart also enjoys travelling. In 2009, he worked with Adnuga dance company, Addis Abab (Ethiopia), leading creative classes with the company and teaching at two local centres for children orphaned by HIV and a local school for disabled children. Stuart has since worked with young Tanzanian dancers as part of a dance festival in Dar Es Salaam (2011).
Charlotte trained at Central School of Ballet, graduating in 2006 after touring with Ballet Central. Charlotte then spent a year as an apprentice with Phoenix Dance Theatre, working with Javier De Frutos and Henrique Rodavalho completing a Post Graduate Diploma. After her time with Phoenix, Charlotte joined Springs Dance Company, performing and teaching extensively both nationally and internationally for 8 years. Working with Springs gave Charlotte the opportunity to work with choreographers such as Darren Ellis, Suzannah McCreight, Vicky Fox and Will Tuckett. A highlight of her performing career was performing a solo piece with a full Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall. Alongside dancing for Springs, Charlotte has performed in projects at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Resolutions, amongst other platforms. Charlotte now teaches across the South East, teaching ballet and contemporary techniques.
Students at Trinity Laban's Centre for Advanced Training have the opportunity to take part in various exciting projects throughout the year, working with leading dance companies and artists in world renowned-dance venues.
Professional Artist Commissions 2016/17
Each year, the Centre for Advanced Training at Trinity Laban commissions a number of professional artists to work with the young people on the programme. This exposure to the professional dance world is a key element of the training programme. The students are treated as professional companies in their own right, supplied with rehearsal directors, lighting designers, costume designers, producers and, of course, the artists themselves. The young people receive call sheets for the production days and rehearsals, and get to perform the work at some of the most prestigious venues in the UK: the Royal Festival Hall, White Lodge, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Clore Ballroom, Robin Howard Dance Theatre and the Laban Theatre. These works are developed to the highest production standards with acclaimed reviews.
The artists and companies that we worked with in previous years include: Arthur Pita, Bim Malcomson, Darren Ellis, Double Vision, Hofesh Shechter Dance Company, James Wilton, Kenneth Tharp, Lea Anderson, Lee Smikle, Lost Dog, Mafalda Deville, Nigel Charnock, Shobana Jeyasingh, Tavaziva Dance, Tina Krasevec, Sarah Linstra, Freddie Opoku-Addaie, Fernanda Prata, Sarah Dowling, Joss Arnott and Company Wayne McGregor.
Meet the Artists
The artists for our 2016/2017 professional commissions are Gianluca Vincentini, Rosie Kay, Antonia Grove, Mbulelo Ndabeni and Neil Fleming Brown for Studio Wayne McGregor.
Previous CAT Projects
- Dance and the Child International 2015
- African Summer
- Lila Dance: The Deluge
- The Royal Ballet Upper School
- The Sum of Parts
Trinity Laban CAT alumni go on to take diverse and exciting pathways after they leave us in the arts and other industries. Keeping in touch with us and other CAT Alumni means you will be part of a growing community who have shared the unique Trinity Laban CAT experience. It is an effective way to keep in contact, network and find out about dance industry opportunities.
The best way to keep in touch with other CAT alumni is by joining our Facebook CAT Alumni page.
Trinity Laban CAT alumni are able to have free reference access to the Trinity Laban dance library and archive-the biggest dance specific library in Europe. Find out more here: Trinity Laban Library
Recent CAT graduate Charlie Burt has written a blog about her experience at Trinity Laban and the difference the programme has made to her teenage years both personally and professionally. To read click here: Charlie Burt Blog
Parents, guardians and family also play an important role in the training of students on the Trinity Laban CAT programme. One of our supportive parents, who's daughter has recently graduated from us has written about her views on the CAT experience.
"From Day One my daughter had a new family. A group of talented peers to work alongside of, inspirational teachers and a fearless course director whose vision for her students saw them viewing and being trained by leading lights in contemporary dance, from Hofesh Shechter to Henri Oguike, Random Dance to Matthew Bourne.
I have seen my daughter perform at the Royal Festival Hall, the Bonnie Bird theatre and the Place. I have witnessed her grow from an enthusiastic dancer into a thoughtful, consummate professional.
Balancing the needs of academic demands with training 3 times a week instilled time management skills many adults would be proud of, alongside the emotional literacy that comes with belonging to a dance company. The training offered new and creative ways to interpret her academic subjects.
This September my daughter started dual honours in English and Philosophy. She will always be a dancer. Thanks to the CAT she has gone to university knowing what it is to be creative, to perform, to communicate through a medium other than words. Thank you to everyone involved with this remarkable scheme, may it go on and offer many more young people the opportunity to dance." - Helen Lefevre
We are keen to hear from all former students, so please get in touch. We will be delighted to hear from you.
Useful Links for Dance Industry Information, Auditions and Job Opportunities
- Article 19
- Arts Jobs
- People Dancing (Foundation for Community Dance)
- National Dance CATs
- Foundations For Excellence
Here is what some of the national dance CAT graduates have been up to recently -
- Tom Greaves (Trinity Laban CAT) went to London Contemporary Dance School and is now with Matthew Bourne New Adventures.
- Claudimar Neto (Trinity Laban CAT) studied at Urdang and is currently touring with the stage show Thriller.
- Jon Savage (CAT at The Place) studied at Central before joining Scottish Ballet and has recently joined Rambert Dance Company. (Sept 2011)
- Reece Richards (CAT at The Place) recently finished a season in the hit musical Thriller and can now be seen dancing on XFactor.
- Adam Park (Dance City CAT) is currently in his 3rd Year at Rambert School - he was selected to perform with the company as a student dancer, for their current tour and has subsequently been offered a permanent contract with the company.
- Sam Draper (Dance City CAT), went to Rambert School has been given the chance to understudy Adam`s student role for the tour with Rambert Dance Company.
- Lawrie Maclennan (CAT at The Place)is production manager for Hofesh Shechter Company.
- Carys Staton (Swindon Dance CAT) who graduated from Rambert summer 2011, was offered contracts with Bern Ballet and Russell Maliphant and is now working with Russell Maliphant.
- Joseph Poulton (Northern Ballet CAT) attended Rambert School and Central School of Ballet and is now dancing with Ballet Black.
Below is contact information for our management and faculty staff.
Centre for Advanced Training
Head of Learning & Participation (Dance)
Centre for Advanced Training
Projects Manager (Maternity Cover)
Centre for Advanced Training
Performance Enhancement Teacher (maternity cover)
Centre for Advanced Training
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Funders & Partners
The Trinity Laban CAT scheme is funded by and works with a variety of partners in the cultural and creative sectors.