Your CAT Questions
How old do you have to be to apply for Dance4′s CAT?
We actively recruit students aged 11 – 17 years, you can still remain on the scheme once you turn 18 years but you must still be 17 when you start.
Does it matter if I haven’t had a lot of experience in dance?
Not necessarily. We are looking for potential, so it’s not necessary to have had lots of experience already. We do however, want to see if you can demonstrate the creativity, dedication and enthusiasm to pursue a career in dance.
What about school?
CAT is designed to fit around your schoolwork, and in the first year you will only need to attend sessions on Saturday’s from 10.30am – 4.30pm and intensive sessions that take place during school holidays and some weekends. This means you will still have plenty of time to do your homework.
What about the other dance classes that I already do?
CAT is a course in contemporary dance and you may want to continue with a range of other activities, including other dance styles. You will however, need to be able to attend all the classes and additional activities on the scheme so you may need to consider how you manage your time. We do monitor the number of hours of physical activity our students do per week as part of their Individual Training Plan. However the number of dance classes you want to do each week is a decision you need to make with your parents / guardians and you’re your CAT mentor.
I like dancing, but I’m not sure yet whether I want to pursue it as a career. Should I apply?
The scheme will give you information and training so that you can decide if a career in dance is for you. However if you don’t think you could commit the time and effort it takes to be a CAT student, this is probably not the right course for you – but don’t stop dancing – this is one of many pathways into a career in dance, and we will happily help you to find other opportunities to get involved in other youth dance projects.
What will I have to do at the audition?
The audition will consist of practical dance sessions containing a creative workshop and a contemporary technique class. The sessions are observed by a small panel of professionals. Some people may be asked to stay for an interview following the practical sessions.
What happens if I don’t get through the audition, can I try again?
You can apply to audition again the following year. In certain circumstances we may decide that you have potential but are not yet ready for the course. If this is the case we will advise you on a one to one basis.
What is covered by the cost of the course?
The cost of the course includes all activities on the CAT programme, such as regular classes intensive weekends and holiday courses, theatre trips, performance opportunities and medical support. More information can be found in the Grants and fees link on the right of this page or on the Music and Dance Scheme website.
How long does the course last for?
You would be assessed continually throughout your time on the course and we hope to be able to support you right through to the point that you go on to further vocational training. However, if you and/or the course leaders decide that the programme is no longer right for you, you will be positively supported off the course and directed to other progression routes. Places are offered on a yearly basis and if you chose to leave at the end of a year you will receive documentation to say you have participated in the course.
How will I travel to the venues in Nottingham each time?
Many of the CAT classes take place at The Djanogly City Academy. It is not in the centre of Nottingham but is easily accessible by public transport; information regarding this can be found with the directions in this pack. We have students travelling from all across the East Midlands, either on public transport to many of them share lifts with other students coming from their area. There are some travel bursaries available to help with the cost of your travel to CAT activities.
What if I need help to fill in the forms?
The CAT Team is available to help you as much as possible with any questions regarding the scheme and are happy to help you fill out the application form. Please call us on 0115 924 2016 or email cat [at] dance4 [dot] co [dot] uk.