National Dance CATs

Dance4’s CAT is the Centre for Advanced Training for the East Midlands. We are one of nine National Centres across the UK.

The national CAT network delivers accessible, non-residential, professional training programmes for young people who demonstrate exceptional potential in dance. The National Dance CATs are supported through the Department for Education’s Music and Dance Scheme. Each CAT operates from a host organisation that is recognised for their excellence and commitment to the arts.

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Other CAT initiatives around the UK:

Dance City Advanced Training Programme for the North West

Location: Temple Street, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4BR
Contact: Carolyn Smail (Centre for Advanced Training Co-ordinator) 0191 261 0505 /carolyn [dot] smail [at] dancecity [dot] co [dot] uk (Contact Carolyn by email)

Dance East Academy for the South West

Location: Northgate Arts Centre, Sidegate Lane West, Ipswich, IP4 3DF
Contact: Sara Reed (DanceEast Academy Manager) 01473 639230 or 01473 295250/academy [at] danceeast [dot] co [dot] uk ( Contact Sara by email)

DanceXchange – Momentum CAT for South Asian and Contemporary dance for the West Midlands

Location: DanceXchange, Birmingham Hippodrome, Thorp Street, Birmingham B5 4TB
Contact: Louise O’Hanlon (Programme Manager) 0121 689 1096 / louise [dot] o'hanlon [at] dancexchange [dot] org [dot] uk (Contact Louise by email)

Laban London

Location: Creekside, London SE8 3DZ
Contact: Martin Collins (Programme Manager) 020 8691 8600

London Contemporary Dance School at The Place London

Location: 17 Duke’s Road, London WC1H 9PY
Contact: Alison Gee (Programme Manager, Centre for Advanced Training) 020 7121 1035 / alison [dot] gee [at] theplace [dot] org [dot] uk (Contact Alison by email)

The Lowry for the North West of England

Location: The Lowry Centre, Pier 8, Salford Quays, M50 3AZ
Contact: Jonathan Poole (CAT Manager)

Swindon Youth Dance Academy for the South West of England

Location: Town Hall Studios, Regent Circus, Swindon SN1 1QF
Contact: Viv Slayford 01793 463212 / yda [at] swindondance [dot] org [dot] uk (Contact Viv by emai)l

Young Dancers for Yorkshire

Ballet strand at Northern Ballet 

Location: Northern Ballet, Quarry Hill, Leeds LS2 7PA
Contact: Faye Cardwell (Classical Training Officer) 0113 220 8000 / faye [dot] cardwell [at] northernballet [dot] com (Contact Faye by email)

Contemporary strand at Northern Contemporary Dance School

Location: 98 Chapeltown Road, Leeds LS7 4BH
Contact: Tracy Witney (Head of Education and Community) 0113 219 3006 /yyd [at] nscd [dot] ac [dot] uk (Contact Tracy by email)