Entry - Northern School of Contemporary Dance

Audition process

Entry onto 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

Taster Workshops

Sunday 9th February 2020

BOYS Taster Workshop

There will be a 2 hour boys contemporary class followed by an introduction to the scheme and a performance by some of our boy CAT students, both current and alumni.

Saturday 15th February 2020

Centre for Advanced Training free Taster Workshops are held at Northern School of Contemporary Dance. These are a great opportunity for 13-17-year-olds to get a flavour of it’s like to train at the school at our Centre for Advanced Training. Participants may also be invited back to audition. No dance experience or qualifications are necessary.

Those who attend may also be invited to audition. No previous experience of dance is required.

Book Taster- Sunday 9th Feb (BOYS) Book Taster- Saturday 15th Feb

There are two stages to the audition process:

Stage One Audition

Wednesday 15th  & Thursday 16th April 2020

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.

Book the Stage One audition

Stage Two Audition (Callback)

Saturday 9th or Saturday 16th May 2020

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.


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.