Do you see your future in dance? Are you ready to commit to an intensive programme of training? Are you aged 13-17?
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.
The CAT programme prepares young dancers for training and a career in dance, should they choose to do so. Therefore, it is important that our programme reflects the world around us and looks to the future dance industry that our graduates will become part of. For us at Trinity Laban CAT this means creating opportunities for young people to work with a diverse range of dance artists who teach a variety of dance practices using a range of approaches. Our aim is to create an environment where each student feels welcomed and represented, where they can bring their whole self to the studio and graduate from the programme with an open mind and exciting approach to dance.
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
Thank you for your interest in our CAT scheme. Applications for entry in September 2021 are now open.
We are looking for enthusiastic, creative young people between the ages of 12 and 17 years. 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.
Open Days are a chance to find out more about the CAT programme and include a practical dance class for the applicant, with an opportunity for the parent/carer to find out more information about the scheme. Open Days are free to attend and this year will take place on Zoom.
Open Days for entry in September 2021 have now concluded.
We hold a 2-stage audition process. Everyone who applies will be invited to a first audition and we then select individuals to attend a final audition.
Our scheduled auditions for entry in September 2021 have now concluded however we are hoping to hold an extra late entry audition. Please complete the application form and we will be in touch with further information.
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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 2020 will be £3,798.
You will not have to make any contribution to the CAT fees if your total relevant income is £31,139 or less in the tax year ended 5 April 2020. If your family income is more than £31,139 you will receive a smaller grant and you may have to make a contribution to the cost of your child attending the CAT.
Please go to National CAT website for fee breakdown.
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.
What does the fee cover?
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 eight monthly instalments between September – April
If you would like any more information about CAT fees and finances please contact Natalie Dickmann N.Dickmann@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 2020, 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.
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 2020 and March 2021 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 Katy Gawadzyn on 020 8305 9419 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Trinity Laban Centre for Advanced Training (CAT) programme is taught by a group of highly experienced professional dance teachers, artists and dance science experts.
André Fabien Francis
While successfully auditioning for the Council for Dance, Drama and Musical Theatre: Aspiring Dance Mentoring Scheme, under the direction of Liz Dale – Director of Dance at ISTD – and Hannah Dye – Head of Programming for Breathe Arts and Freelance Producer for English National Ballet – André was scouted to join the Centre for Advanced Training (CAT) Programme at The Place: London Contemporary Dance School. After nearly 3 years, André graduated from The Place: CAT accepting a fully funded place at London Studio Centre (LSC). During his time at LSC André took some time out to attend The Ailey School – the training ground for the world renowned Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre – Summer Intensive in 2013, before returning to LSC where in 2014 he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree.
Following graduation, André joined the ensemble of The Lion King, Germany where he was trusted with the responsibility of teaching Company Class. On Returning to the UK André joined the West End Production of Wicked in the prestigious Ribbon Boy Track before going on to play Paul in Kiss Me Kate at The Watermill Theatre choreographed by Oti Mabuse – for which André was nominated for the BroadwayWorldUK: Best Supporting Actor Award. Most recently André played Seaweed J Stubbs in Hairspray for The Grange Park: Pimlico Opera.
Having worked in the Arts industry for almost two decades, André has danced, taught, assisted, created work and been mentored both nationally & internationally. Working with world class artists, theatres and organisations including: Richard Alston, Denzil Bailey, Thea Barnes, James Bennett, the Southbank Centre, the Olympic Ceremonies, the Royal Albert Hall, Rebecca Howell, Richard Jones, Paul Liburd, Oti Mabuse, Mandy Montanez, Alex Parker, Joan Peters, Richard Roe, Jane Sanig, Judine Somerville, Christian Storm, the CDMT, Disney Theatrical Productions, Eric Underwood, Antoine Vereecken, Buddy Watkins, Nikki Woollaston and Sadler’s Wells. Which André continuously utilizes to inspire his work in the studio, on stage and off stage.
Carolyn Bolton is an American dancer, teacher, lecturer and choreographer residing in London. Born in Columbia, South Carolina, Carolyn began her pre-professional training at the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities before completing her Bachelors of Arts in Dance Performance/Choreography from the University of South Carolina. She later went on to study at the Martha Graham School for Contemporary Dance and Bejart Ballet Lausanne before joining Rambert Dance Company in 2013. Carolyn joined Shobana Jeyasingh Dance in February 2019 and has since had the privilege of working with L’Opera National du Rhin for their 2020 season. Carolyn has also worked with Julie Cunningham and Company as well as presented solo work for the Operaestate Festival in Bassano Del Grappa where she was previously an artist in residence. Carolyn is currently a lecturer of ballet and academic tutor for London Contemporary Dance School as well as a ballet instructor for Trinity Laban’s Centre for Advanced Training.
Charlotte trained at Central School of Ballet (CSB), London, beginning her professional training at the age of sixteen. She graduated with a BA (Hons) in 2006. Charlotte spent her third year of training touring the UK as part of Ballet Central and performed the solo piece ‘Futility’, choreographed by Sara Matthews, as part of the Ballet Central 2006 tour. She then spent a year with Phoenix Dance Theatre, working with Javier De Frutos and Henrique Rodavalho whilst completing a Post Graduate Diploma.
Charlotte joined Springs Dance Company in 2008, performing and teaching extensively both nationally and internationally for over 8 years. Working with Springs gave Charlotte the opportunity to work with choreographers such as Darren Ellis, Will Tuckett, Vicky Fox and Suzannah McCreight. A highlight of her performing career was performing a solo piece choreographed by Suzannah McCreight at the Royal Albert Hall. Working with Springs Dance Company gave Charlotte a great deal of teaching experience, teaching on the company’s apprenticeship course and annual summer school. Charlotte has led many educational projects and workshops in primary and secondary schools in a range of settings across the UK. 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 to students from a range of ages and including a professional course.
Kasper Cornish began his dance training at the age of 10 with Sara Phillips in 1984 and graduated from Central School of Ballet in 1993 after which he joined Ballet Wales, touring the UK in productions of The Swan and Cinderella. Performing work ranged from Ballet Dancer to Wrestler for the BAFTA award winning Channel 4 series Faking It to creating the title role in The Snowman (Birmingham Repertory Theatre, West End and BBC film of the stage show). Other credits include The Phantom of The Opera feature film and dancing the role of “Slavemaster” for the national tour of the stage show. He played the Prince of Transylvania in the National Theatre production of My Fair Lady at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, was a founding member of Just Desert Dance Co. and as a freelance principal artist danced popular ballet pas de deux as far afield as Japan. He was principal ballet dancer at Glyndebourne in 1996 as well as understudy to Zoltan Solymosi and toured France and Switzerland in Maurice Bejart’s Bolero with Sylvie Guillem.
Choreographic work includes My Fair Lady (PPA), The Classical Brits, Comedy Shuffle (BBC3), “Canvas Bag” for Tim Minchin, Shakespeare’s Happy Endings (BBC4), The Terence Higgins Trust, Nickelodeon TV, movement for actors in feature films, “Degas – A Passion for Perfection” (Exhibition on Screen) and over 30 small, medium and large-scale performance pieces for Students in vocational training.
He has taught Classical Ballet and Pas de Deux since 1997 for performing arts colleges, conservatoires, international summer schools, dance companies and open classes.
Kasper’s music compositions include 7 ballet class albums, music for dance, a full-length musical (The Trash Christ), The Makins & Cornish Songbook, a brass quintet, clarinet sonata, Oratorio for Baritone – choir & string orchestra, Christmas carols, a string quartet, song cycles and works solo piano.
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.
Lucy Evans trained at London Contemporary Dance School and Trinity 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 Trinity Laban, 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.
Otis initially trained in Music at the BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology, later moving to the dance strand to study for A Levels and a BTEC National Diploma. During this time, he also trained as a Ballet Black associate, going onto the Northern School of Contemporary Dance, completing his dance studies at the Central School of Ballet. Otis-Cameron is also a 2013 Finzi Scholar commencing intense study in Countertenor voice.
Upon graduation Otis performed with the Red Tape Dance Company as part of the Malta Arts Festival 2008 going on to further engagements with ACE Dance and Music for their Autumn Tour of SKIN and Turandot at the Royal Opera House 2008 & 2017. From 2009-2013 Otis danced with Rambert Dance Company working with choreographers including Henri Oguike, Henrietta Horne, Tim Rushton, Marguerite Donlon, Itzik Galli and Mark Baldwin as well as performing in works by Merce Cunningham and Paul Taylor.
2013-2014 included performing as a Signet and Medium Swan in Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake National and International tour.
2015 marked the start of a recurring working relationship with Barry Kosky and Otto Pichler creating both the Glyndebourne Opera’s Production of Saul and Royal Opera House, Covent Garden production of The Nose with Saul going on to be presented as part of the Glyndebourne 2015 Tour and the Adelaide Festival 2017. During this time Otis was also engaged with CIE 7273 (Geneva), performing Tarab in Europe, Serbia and the Middle East. Other notable work includes End of Line by Goshka Macuga preforming at the Lowry Gallery 2017.
Otis has presented work as part of the Rambert season of new choreography at The Place Theatre 2011 as well as assisting rehearsals with the Choreographer Mbulelo Ndabeni in subsequent seasons.
Otis is currently engaged with CIE 7273 (Geneva) and is a Technique Lecturer at Trinity Laban Conservatoire for Music and Dance.
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 2020/21
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 worked with in previous years include: Alexander Whitley, Ali Curtis-Jones, Arthur Pita, Bim Malcomson, Darren Ellis, Double Vision, Fernanda Prata, Freddie Opoku-Addaie, Hofesh Shechter Dance Company, James Wilton, Jess & Morgs, Joss Arnott, Kenneth Tharp, Lea Anderson, Lee Smikle, Lost Dog, Luke Birch, Mafalda Deville, Nigel Charnock, Patricia Okenwa, Russell Maliphant Company, Sarah Dowling, Sarah Linstra, Shobana Jeyasingh, Tavaziva Dance, Tina Krasevec, Uchenna Dance and Studio Wayne McGregor.
Meet the Artists
The artists for our 2020/2021 professional commissions are Ihsaan de Banya, Sarah Golding, Wayne Parsons and Kerry Biggin for Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures.
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. Trinity Laban CAT alumni also have free reference access to the Trinity Laban Library and archive – the biggest dance specific library in Europe.
Hear from CAT graduate Charis Crudgington about her experience at Trinity Laban, the difference the programme made to her personally and professionally, and the advice she would give for auditions.
Parents, guardians and family also play an important role in the training of students on the Trinity Laban CAT programme. Hear from Helen Lefevre, whose daughter has recently graduated from us:
“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.”
We are keen to hear from all former students, so please get in touch. We will be delighted to hear from you.
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