Entry - Centre For Advanced Training

How to apply

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

Applications for 2024 entry are now live.



Saturday 9 March 2024 – Key stage 3 & 4 / Age 13 – 16 years


Saturday 18 May – Key Stage 3 / 13 – 14 years
Saturday 6 July – Key Stage 4 / 15 – 16 years

Our audition process consists of a single audition, designed to assess your potential and suitability for the course.  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.

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We understand that auditioning can be a daunting process. Therefore, each year we hold 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. We recommend all auditionees attend these classes to stand the best chance of success.

Booking is essential to guarantee your place and can be made when completing an audition/application form. In 2024 our Audition Preparation Classes will be on the following dates:

  • Wednesday 28 February 2024, 6:30pm – 8pm
  • Wednesday 7 March 2024, 6:30pm – 8pm
  • Wednesday 8 May 2024, 6:30pm – 8pm
  • Wednesday 15 May 2024, 6:30pm – 8pm
  • Wednesday 26 June 2024, 6:30pm – 8pm
  • Wednesday 3 July 2024, 6:30pm – 8pm

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


Making your application

Our application form asks for:

  • Personal details
  • Education
  • Dance experience
Audition content

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

All participants need to learn two short exercises in advance of their audition. An introduction to the content of the video and instructions for each exercise can be found at this link:  CAT Audition Video.

These exercises will be taught during Audition Preparation Classes for those who want more support. 

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

Fees & Finance

Centre for Advanced Training at NSCD is funded by the Department of Education and offers 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.