CAT Auditions 2021

Are you aged 11-16 years with a passion for dance in either contemporary or South Asian styles?

We are looking to recruit talented and committed individuals who can train with us to reach their maximum potential.

Previous dance experience is not necessary as we are looking for young people with enthusiasm, potential and commitment to training as Contemporary, Bharatanatyam or Kathak dancers.

Please fill in an Audition Application Form to complete your application.

Financial Information

The CAT programme is funded by the Department for Education’s (DfE) Music and Dance Scheme (MDS). The DfE offer grants which are means-tested based on family’s annual earnings per tax year, with deductions and allowances made for dependents in accordance with their guidelines.

Students who are eligible and who make sufficient progress will be entitled to receive financial assistance until they graduate or exit from the programme.

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Frequently Asked Questions about CAT

It is an elite training opportunity for young people aged 11-18, who show exceptional talent and potential in Bharatanatyam, Kathak and Contemporary styles. The Contemporary strand, Dance Generation, recruits young people from the West Midlands, and the South Asian strand, Yuva Gati, is a national programme, recruiting students from across the country. The opportunity to study Bharatanatyam and Kathak at this elite level is unique to this CAT within the UK.

The CAT enables students to receive intensive high-quality dance tuition alongside their formal school or college education.

The aim of the CAT programme is to nurture and develop confident, highly skilled, creative and adaptable dance artists, with exceptional dance technique, who are well prepared for the rigours of professional dance training and future careers in dance.

Throughout the year, Dance Generation and Yuva Gati students will train in four core areas:

  • Technical Skills
  • Choreographic Development
  • Performance Enhancement
  • Dance Industry Knowledge, with a focus on professional training options

This will be complemented by supplementary training and students will also have an opportunity to complete their Arts Awards. Each student’s progress is supported and monitored through tailored Individual Training Plans.

The Centre for Advanced Training for South Asian and Contemporary Dance (CAT) is the West Midlands partner in the national CAT network.  Funded by the Department of Education Music and Dance Scheme, it is led by DanceXchange in partnership with Sampad South Asian Arts and Heritage.

We have an outstanding artistic team, and students have the opportunity to work with artists and companies from the UK and beyond. The CAT is championed by a broad network of dance tutors, community dance leaders, and teachers from around the country, who play a vital role in signposting their talented students to the programme and supporting their ongoing development.

The Contemporary course operates at DanceXchange on Sundays during term time, with intensives scheduled during school holidays.  The Yuva Gati programme operates at DanceXchange on a residential, intensive basis during school holidays, and is complemented by local teaching provision delivered by each student’s Home Tutor.

CAT is designed for young people aged 11-18 years, but you must be under 16 to join the programme.

To join CAT, you’ll need to audition first. Audition dates will be posted on our events page.

The Department for Education provides a limited number of means-tested grants for students. This is part of their national Music and Dance Scheme. Click here to find out more about funding and costs.

Once you’ve been accepted, you can apply for a grant-assisted place on the programme. Students who are successful at the audition but are too late or ineligible for grants can take up a place. However, this is on the basis that they pay the full fees. Grants can cover all or some of your tuition costs. You can also apply for bursaries towards extra tuition fees to support extra training.

Key Dates

Dance Generation

Open Days – 23 May & 27 June, 10am – 12pm

First Audition Dates – 26 June & 10 July, 10am – 12pm

Final Audition – 7 August, 10am – 1.30pm

Applications close on Friday 2 July 2021

Yuva Gati

Bharatanatyam Open Day – 1 August

Kathak Open Day – 1 August

Audition (both) – 14 August

Applications close on Wednesday 4 August 2021

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