Entry - Centre For Advanced Training

How to apply

Thank you for your interest in the Centre for Advanced Training (CAT) scheme at NSCD.

Extra Audition Date added! Applications for 2023 entry now close on 2 June


CAT Auditions for 2023 entry will take place on:

  • Saturday 20 May
  • Saturday 27 May
  • *Extra audition date: Saturday 10 June*

Our audition process consists of a single audition, designed to assess your potential as a dance artist and your suitability for our courses.  We welcome and audition all applicants regardless of disability, ethnicity, gender, sexuality or religion.

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

Visit the Course information page for full course details and entry requirements.

Apply and book your preferred audition date below.

Book Audition


We understand that auditioning can be a daunting process. We’re therefore holding some free audition preparation classes for those who feel they need more support ahead of the important day. We want young people to have an equal opportunity to share their passion and potential in a safe and supportive environment and recommend all auditionees attend these classes to stand the best chance of being successful.

Our Free Audition Preparation Classes take place on the following days in the lead-up to auditions:

  • Wednesday 3 May
  • Wednesday 10 May
  • Wednesday 17 May
  • Wednesday 24 May

These sessions are in-person at NSCD or online via zoom for those unable to travel to Leeds mid-week. 

Get in touch via cat@nscd.ac.uk for more information about these classes.


Making your application

Applications open until 30 April 2023

Our application form asks for:

  • Personal details
  • Education
  • Dance experience
Audition content

On the day, auditionees take part in a contemporary technique & improvisation class, and some group creative work in the morning, followed by solo creative work and group interviews in the afternoon.  

All participants need to learn two short exercises in advance of the audition. These exercises will be taught during the Audition Preparation Classes in May for those who want more support. These classes are bookable via the application form. 

> Watch the audition phrases

> Download a written breakdown of the audition phrases

Auditionees do not need to prepare an individual solo for this audition.

Fees & Finance

The Centre for Advanced Training is funded by the Department of Education to offer young people the opportunity to access high-quality dance training whilst staying in full-time education and living at home. Means-tested grants are available to make the scheme accessible for all young people. For more information, visit the National Dance CAT website.


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

Visit the National CAT website for detailed information about the CAT scheme including Finance and Frequently Asked Questions.