CAT - The Lowry Centre for Advanced Training in Dance

Are you aged 11-16 and love to dance? Then check out our Centre for Advanced Training (CAT) scheme.

Part of a family of National CAT Schemes across the country, The Lowry CAT is a part-time, pre-vocational course that gives young people access to high quality dance training.

CATS help identify, and assist, young people with exceptional potential, regardless of their personal circumstances, to benefit from world-class specialist training as part of a broad and balanced education.

Students train in the disciplines of contemporary, ballet, contextual, creative and performance studies. The programme provides them with a clear training foundation supporting them to be versatile technicians and artists, whilst giving them an understanding of what a dance career may look like.

The CAT is funded by the Music and Dance Scheme through the Department of Education, providing financial support for families through means-tested grants.

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How To Apply

We are recruiting for Autumn entry!

Our CAT Audition takes place annually in June. Applicants are encouraged to find out more about The Lowry CAT programme before you apply via our series

How to apply

Application Form

Weekly Open Classes

Looking for your first dance class or wishing to improve and build on a pre-existing foundation in dance with Contemporary Technique and creative exploration? 

Open Contemporary Dance Classes for 11–17 year-olds will be held at The Lowry on Thursdays commencing 30 September £3 per class.

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Open Contemporary Dance Classes for 6-11 year olds will be held at The Lowry on Wednesdays commencing 13 October 2021 £3 per class.

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A fun and insightful experience into the exciting world of dance taught by our excellent, engaging CAT Tutors. Our Open Contemporary Dance Classes allow young people to develop knowledge and skills in contemporary technique and the creative process, whether they are considering applying for the CAT at some point in the future, or simply love to dance. Email should you have any questions.


FAQs and stories

What is CAT?

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CAT Outcomes and Stories

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