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What does it involve?

Training Days

Core curriculum classes are held on Saturdays during term time. Students receive regular Contemporary, Ballet and Pilates classes where they develop their technique, body awareness, approach to dance and safe practice. They have the opportunity to explore these and other techniques alongside creative exploration.

All classes are taught by experienced tutors and artists, and many are accompanied by live musicians. In addition, the students work with visiting artists and dance companies to develop a range of skills including collaboration, performing, and adaptability.

Intensives and Mid-week Training

During school holidays students attend intensive projects to further enhance their training experience. These include working with dance artists and other performance practitioners in order to widen their exposure to current practices and artistic thinking.

Students are expected to commit to at least 1 other mid-week training session. Many students choose to access one of the associated youth companies across the region, so their mid-week activity is nearer to home.

Performance Opportunities

Students are given opportunities to perform both within the region and further afield as well as visit professional venues to see some of the leading professional performance companies touring the UK.

Individual Training Plans

Each participant has an Individual Training Plan devised in consultation with parents/ guardian and local dance teacher to support the student’s learning, and ensure a balance is maintained between the demands of school work and dance studies. This also allows dancers to reach their potential throughout their time on the programme.

Selection Process

Entry on to the Centre for Advanced Training programme is via audition only. Auditions are held annually, usually in the summer for entry onto the programme the following September.

The audition is your opportunity to demonstrate your potential by taking part in a practical dance session and creative workshop in front of a selection panel. Unfortunately, we are not able to offer places outside this process.

How to Apply

Programme Costs

Means-tested grants are available from the Department for Education. We help successful students to access the financial support available to them.

Find out more here

If you have any questions please contact

Where does training take place?

Training takes place in our state-of-the-art dance studios, at iC4C in central Nottingham.

Find us here:

iC4C, 2 Dakeyne Street

Meet The Team


Hayley Arthur

Senior Producer - Learning & Skills


Dwayne Church-Simms

Assistant Producer - Learning

Anita Harvey Warne

Anita Harvey-Warne

Centre for Advanced Training Administration Assistant

Natifah White

Natifah White

Centre for Advanced Training Teaching Assistant


Rickay Hewitt-Martin

Centre for Advanced Training Teaching Assistant

CAT has helped me prepare for full time training by letting me experience all sides and aspects of dance, opening my mind to new ways of approaching movement; not always seeing as a form of entertainment, but freedom, expression and internal feeling.


The most important thing that the CAT scheme taught me was to embrace all experiences and opportunities! I was lucky enough to work with such a variety of different artists whilst on the scheme at Dance4 that I am open to a lot of different work.


CAT helped me develop confidence as an individual (not just in dance). I have so many fond memories of working with other people during my time at CAT which means I always look forward to creative tasks where we work in groups.