How to apply

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

Applications for 2024 entry open in January.


Find out more about the scheme at one of our Taster Days:

Saturday 2 December 2023 > Book here
Saturday 10 February 2024 > Book here



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


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

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.

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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.

Our Free Audition Preparation Classes will be announced in the lead-up to auditions.

Get in touch via for more information about these classes.


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 & 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 audition. These exercises will become available to view on this page early 2024. These exercises will be taught during the Audition Preparation Classes for those who want more support. These classes are bookable via the application form, once live. 

Auditionees do not need to prepare an individual solo for 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.