Centres for Advanced Training (CAT) in dance help identify and assist young people with exceptional potential, regardless of their personal circumstances, to benefit from world-class specialist training as part of a broad and balanced education.
This will enable them to proceed towards self-sustaining careers in dance.
The Academy of Northern Ballet is the only CAT that specialises in classical ballet in the UK. As a professional ballet company with a wealth of experience in training and nurturing dancers, we are perfectly placed to set aspiring young dancers (aged 10-16) on the path to achieving rewarding careers in dance.
What is different about CAT?
The Academy is one of the few classical training institutions in the UK to train in the same inspirational setting as professional company dancers. This creates opportunities for mentoring and unique possibilities to work with, train alongside and gain invaluable insight from successful professional dancers.
Students train in world-class facilities under the expert guidance of an exceptional teaching faculty, led by internationally recognised Ballet Mistress and former prima ballerina of her generation, Yoko Ichino. Many of the teachers have also been professional dancers themselves and can relate to the students from years of professional experience.
CAT is a non-residential programme intended to help students in their pre-vocational training.
Is it right for me?
We believe full-time dance training away from home is not the best option for every child and that some students excel further if they can remain at home for longer. Our students can live at home and attend their regular academic schools, whilst still training to the highest possible standards, mirroring the quality of training on offer at full-time vocational schools. Students must be in full time education living in the UK.
We are incredibly proud of our 100% success rate with graduate students who have gone on to pursue their dreams of becoming professional dancers.
Your future starts here.
Academy Ambassador, Artist of The Royal Ballet
‘As my journey as a professional dancer with The Royal Ballet begins I can reflect on what I thought was only ever a dream as I was growing up and training. My journey to this point would never have been possible without the intense but enjoyable training I received as part of the CAT programme.’
Professional Training Open Day
Do you have a child who loves to dance, but you're not sure what their next step could be? Join us on Sunday 15 January for a free insight into our training programmes.Read more
Apply to Vocational Programmes
Applications for our Centre for Advanced Training and Associate Auditions 2023-2024 are now open.Read more
The classes and learning opportunities available as part of our CAT training programme.Read more
Fees and Funding
The costs of joining our CAT programme and funding support available.Read more
The Ichino Technique
Whether aiming for a career in dance or simply dancing for fun, all students are trained under the Ichino Technique.Read more
We aim to offer all students the best possible support and advice and ensure students have a safe and friendly environment in which to pursue their passion for dance.Read more
Students from our Centre of Advanced Training have gone on to earn places at these prestigious vocational schools and win contracts with these professional companies.Read more
What do we love about CAT?
Find out from students and parents experience how the CAT programme can benefit you or your child.Read more
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