FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS 

What is the CAT?

The Swindon Dance Centre for Advanced Training (CAT), offers a pre-vocational training programme for young dancers demonstrating exceptional potential and the commitment and passion for a career in dance.

The CAT is one of nine Centres for Advanced Training (CAT) across the country. These are a consortium of dance organisations that provide 11-17 year olds who have exceptional potential in dance, with access to the best available teaching at suitable facilities alongside strong links with the dance profession read more

What are the 3 different programmes?

The CAT currently runs 3 different programmes: Exeter Contemporary, Swindon Contemporary and Swindon Urban.

Exeter Contemporary

Dancers meet fortnightly on Sundays from 11:00-5:00pm during school terms with intensive training weeks in school holidays. Training covers technical, creative & performance skills in contemporary, jazz and classical dance. Past teachers have included Russell Maliphant, Liam Riddick (Richard Alston Dance Company) and Charlotte Eatock. This programme is based at Exeter University read more. 

Swindon Contemporary

Dancers meet weekly on Saturdays from 12:00-5:30pm during school terms with intensive training weeks in the school holidays. Training covers technical, creative & performance skills in contemporary, jazz and classical dance. Past teachers have included Russell Maliphant, Mark Bruce and Joss Arnott. This programme is based at Swindon Dance read more.

Swindon Urban

Dancers meet weekly on Sundays from 11:15-5:00pm during school terms with intensive training weeks in the school holidays. Training covers technical, creative & performance skills in various urban styles including Popping, Breaking and House. Past teachers have included Brooke Milliner, Robert Hylton and Chrybaby Cozi. This programme is based at Swindon Dance read more

How can I join the CAT?

Entry onto the CAT is by audition only. Please click here to watch a guide to the audition process. We encourage anyone who interested in the CAT to attend an Open Day before they audition. Its a great way to find out about the training we offer, to meet the teaching team and see current CAT students in action. However, you do not have to attend an Open Day in order to audition. Bookings for Open Days and Auditions are now available online.

How do I register on an Open Day?

All our Open Days have now taken place. If you are interested in joining the CAT please take a look at the latest Information Pack  and sign up to our mailing list so that we can let you know when the Open Day and Audition dates are releaseed for 2020. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions tel: 01793 601702 or email: cat@swindondance.org.uk

How do I apply to audition?

We accept paper applications and there is an online application facility. Please note that all our Auditions have now taken place. If you are interested in joining the CAT please take a look at the latest Information Pack  and sign up to our mailing list so that we can let you know when the Open Day and Audition dates are releaseed for 2020. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions tel: 01793 601702 or email: cat@swindondance.org.uk

Do I have to audition?

Yes. Entry is by audition only after which if you are are successful you will be invited to join the CAT. For further information on the audition process please click here

What are the course fees?

The CAT is supported by the Department for Education (DfE) via means tested bursaries. For those who qualify - training is FREE or subsidised read more 

What are the term dates?

Term dates for 2019-2020 can be found below. They are likely to be the same for the course starting in September 2020.
 

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