Join the Academy of Northern Ballet and Northern School of Contemporary Dance for FREE Taster Workshops in Doncaster. Centres for Advanced Training (CAT) offer outstanding and accessible training to young people with exceptional potential in dance and this is a chance to get a flavour of what it’s like to train on a CAT programme.


Ages 9 – 11 years
11am – 12.30pm

This free ballet class is a fantastic opportunity for aspiring dancers to find out more about the training technique used on our professional training programme. It will include body conditioning and a ballet technique class led by Cara O’Shea, Head of Lower Levels on the CAT programme.

These Taster Workshops are suitable for both boys and girls. To find the workshop content comfortable we recommend that participants already attend one regular ballet class a week.
Participants should be accompanied by an adult.
To book email academy@northernballet.com or call the Academy on 0113 220 8000


Ages 13 – 17 years
1pm – 3pm

Held at Doncaster Cast, Taster Workshops are a great opportunity to get a flavour of what it’s like to train at our Centre for Advanced Training. Those who attend may also be invited to audition. The NSCD taster workshop is FREE and no previous experience of dance is required.

*Ticket only required for participant of workshop

Book NSCD CAT Taster Workshop at Doncaster Cast

CAT Taster Workshop

16th February 2019

Held at Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Taster Workshops are a great opportunity for 13-17 year olds to get a flavour of what it’s like to train at our Centre for Advanced Training (CAT). Those who attend may also be invited to audition.

Workshops are free and no previous experience of dance is required.


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Audition process

Entry on to the scheme is through audition only. You may be invited to audition after a Taster or Outreach Workshop, or you can book a place directly for Stage One Audition

There are two stages to the audition process:

Stage One Audition (Open)

Tuesday 9th & Wednesday 10th April 2019

This session enables potential students and their families to learn more about the scheme. The half day session includes an introductory presentation to the scheme followed by a practical contemporary technique and creative class. Participants will then be notified if they have been selected to go through to stage two of the audition process.

If this audition is during your school term and you would like to attend, please email Cat@nscd.ac.uk to let us know,

Stage Two Audition (Callback)

Saturday 11th  & Saturday 18th May 2019

This second stage of auditions will focus more specifically on contemporary technique and improvisation followed by individual solo performances and group interviews. Successful auditionees from this round will be offered a coveted place on the NSCD CAT scheme.

Previous dance experience is not necessary as we are looking for young people with enthusiasm, potential and commitment to training as a contemporary dancer.


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If you have any questions about the CAT scheme please contact Molly Watson:
0113 219 3025

Visit the National CAT website for detailed information about the CAT scheme including finance and frequently asked questions.