Entry - Centre For Advanced Training

How to apply

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

Applications will be open from January to 30th April 2023

Join us for our Open Taster Day at NSCD on Saturday 11th February 2023. An opportunity to see the building, for parents/guardians to ask questions, and to take part in a short dance workshop. Registration for the day with open in January 2023.

Those interested in joining the CAT Scheme, will then be invited to apply to audition. From 2023 young people interested in joining the CAT will only have to do one audition, instead of a Stage 1 and Stage 2 audition as they had to in previous years. 

CAT Auditions for 2023 will take place on Saturday 20th and Saturday 27th May 2023 

We understand auditioning can be a daunting process and we want young people to have the opportunity to share the passion and potential in dance in a safe, supportive and conducive environment. Free Audition Preparation Classes will be available in the lead up to the auditions for those who wish to receive support towards auditioning on Wednesdays 3rd, 11th, 17th, 24th May in person at NSCD and online on zoom for those who are unable to travel to Leeds midweek. 

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.

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

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

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Making your application

Applications will be open from January to 30th April 2023

Our application form asks for:

  • Personal details
  • Education
  • Dance experience
Audition content

In the morning participants will take part in a contemporary technique and improvisation class followed by group creative work. The afternoon will consist of solo creative work and group interviews.  

All participants will need to learn two short exercises in advance of the audition. These exercises will be worked on in the Audition Preparation Classes on Wednesdays 3rd, 11th, 17th, 24th May (you can book these on the application form) for those who want more support, and available digitally for those unable to attend the Wednesday sessions.

Auditionees no longer need to prepare an individual solo for the auditions as they did previously. 


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 to all young people. For more information, please 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.