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Yuva Gati, meaning ‘Youth Movement’, is the national South Asian Dance strand of the Centre for Advanced Training (CAT) programme. It is delivered by DanceXchange in partnership with Sampad Arts and Heritage.

Centre for Advanced Training is looking to recruit talented and committed individuals who can train with us to reach their maximum potential.

Yuva Gati Summer Sessions – Register here                                      (Inspiring series of FREE workshops with international stars of dance)

Yuva Springboard Workshops – Register here
(For those who would are interested in starting to learn South Asian dance)

Yuva Gati Open Day: Sunday 1st August – Register here

CAT Yuva Gati is funded by the Department of Education Music and Dance Scheme, and assists 11-18 year olds with exceptional potential in Bharatanatyam and Kathak styles of dance, regardless of their personal circumstances, to benefit from world-class specialist training as part of a broad and balanced education.

Participants are supported in fulfilling their maximum potential, and are equipped with confidence, discipline and transferable skills for professional dance training or further education. Our Yuva Gati Team is led by Shane Shambhu with an incredible team of professional artists Mira Balachandran Gokul, Anuradha Chaturvedi Seth, Archita Kumar and Parbati Chaudhury along with a wide variety of nationally and internationally recognised guest artists and tutors. Through building a supportive and nurturing learning environment young talent will focus and grow through the primary aspects of the Yuva Gati programme:

  • Body Knowledge: Anatomy & Body Conditioning
  • Music Knowledge: Ragam, Talam & Composition
  • Abhinaya & Poetry: Facial, Gestural & Textual Clarity (Stemming from Emotions)
  • Nritta & Stamina: Technique & Performance Enhancement
  • Design & Production: Understanding Performance
  • Creative Development: Creative & Independent Thinking
  • Repertoire: Application Of Training

Development in these key areas raises the quality of dancing and performance ability of participants, and extends to their every day lives and education by:

  • Building discipline and rigour through deepened understanding of their artform
  • Improving physical well-being through heightened body awareness
  • Strengthening determination and will-power through a sense of accomplishment
  • Boosting confidence through performance opportunities
  • Achievement of Arts Awards, which can contribute towards UCAS points

Programme Structure


Residential intensives are delivered at DanceXchange. These are split up over the academic year during half-term/end of term breaks (October, February, April, June, and summer holidays), and amount to 14 contact days per year.

The Intensives balance technique training with repertoire, and participants work with national and international artists to develop their practice.

Home Tutors

Weekly training is provided by the ‘Home Tutor’ during school term time in the participant’s town or city. The Home Tutors work closely with the Yuva Gati Artistic Team, with regular communication ensuring that each individual receives valuable feedback and has continued and connected development and attention throughout the year.

Individual Training Plan

Each participant has an Individual Training Plan devised in consultation with parents/ guardian and the Home Tutor, to support the student’s learning, and ensure the balance is maintained between the demands of schoolwork and dance studies.

Selection Process

Students are selected in the programme via an audition process.

Their selection is based on their passion and commitment to dance, potential to develop as a high-quality performer, creativity, and the ability to follow and deliver the tutor’s instructions clearly.

Programme Costs

The Department for Education provides a limited number of means-tested grants for students.

More information about funding and costs can be found here:

Financial Information 21-22 Yuva Gati

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Hear from CAT Yuva Gati students

It has been an invaluable experience being part of this programme; it gave me the opportunity to learn from various internationally-renowned dancers and choreographers

Vidya - Yuva Gati Graduate and BBC Young Dancer Finalist

Allows you to explore dance in a new and exciting way!

Yuva Gati Student

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