During these unprecedented times and in lieu of being able to hold Open Days we wanted to provide some resource and further information about the Programme. Hopefully what we have provided will give some insight into the training programme and the format of the course.

We have included:   

  • Programme Information
  • Dates at a glance  

  • Footage of two pieces created and performed by students    

  • Building Information   

  • Audition Information

Please get in touch with us via email if you have any questions at this stage. We are aware this is a lot of information to digest, so do not worry about asking any question big or small. At present we have suspended the Centre for Advanced Training Programme for the safety and welfare of students and families. Currently, we are hopeful that auditions will run as normal. If not, we will update those that have expressed an interest nearer the time.

Stay safe & best wishes, 
The Centre for Advanced Training Team

"Suppressed" created by guest choreographer Bartek Woszczynski and performed by the Swindon Contemporary Programme dancers

Programme Information

The Centre for Advanced Training (CAT) is a National scheme which identifies and assists 11-17 year old's with exceptional potential, regardless of their circumstances, to benefit from world-class specialist training. This programme will enable them if they choose to proceed towards a self-sustaining career in dance. Visit the National CAT website by clicking here

The programme runs alongside the academic year, starting in September and finishing in August. During term time the programme meets at Dance studios at Exeter University on Sundays at 11-5.00pm, during holidays there will be ‘intensives.   

In term time students will work with a group of core tutors developing technical, creative and performance skills. There are two groups of students, graduating students and non-graduates. Please refer to the dates at a glance (link below) to see the dates for 2020-21 and for an indication of which days your young dancer would need to attend. During intensives students get the opportunity to work with guest choreographers, these are professionals that are creating and performing works with renowned experience. Intensives are for all students.  

It is important to stress this is a training programme and not a performance opportunity. Although at the end of the term there is a Summer Showcase where families and friends will be able to see works created by students over the year. Occasionally there are opportunities to take part in performances but these are not guaranteed every year.  


  • Dates at a glance 2020-21 - these are the expected dates for the programme starting in September but please note they subject to change.
  • Information Pack - you can read more about course aims, areas of practice and course content. 


The CAT is supported by the Department for Education, this means that depending on the household income you may be eligible for a grant (monies that are not repaid). Further information about this can be found on page 8 of the information packs. Some circumstances effect grant eligibility, therefore if you have any questions or concerns regarding fees please do get in touch.

All students on the programme (regardless of grant eligibility) will have access to some financial support for uniform, classes dancers currently attend, travel and tickets to performances.

About the Building

Swindon Dance Centre for Advanced Training Exeter Programme takes place in The Universtity of Exeter’s Alexander Building (Thornlea, New North Road, Exeter, EX4 4LA). 

Swindon Dance has access to the two studios on the ground floor, toilets and changing rooms. Students can have lunch / breaks in the space outside of the studios where there are sofas and vending machines

Audition Information

You can sign up to audition now if you are interested in the programme, please click here.   

Audition Dates: Sunday 7th June 2020, 11:30-2:00 pm, Sunday 21st June 2020, 11:30-2:00 pm 

The audition will include an hour-long class, similar to one that could be expected on the course. The panel would also like to see a minutes solo, which will be performed to the panel. The team want to reassure any dancers that this is not something to be worried about, we want dancers to know that the solo doesn't have to be exactly a minute, it can be something that has been worked on in school / at a club / or choreographed by themselves. It presents a chance to see how prospective students prefer to move.   We are hopeful we will be able to hold some auditions. At this stage we are thinking about other options if this is not possible. Please express your interest by submitting an audition form and we will update you closer to the time if there are any changes.  

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