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The Contemporary strand, recruits young people from the West Midlands, and the South Asian strand, Yuva Gati, is a national programme, recruiting students from across the country. The opportunity to study Bharatanatyam and Kathak at this elite level is unique to this CAT within the UK.

What will I learn?

The aim of the CAT programme is to nurture and develop confident, highly-skilled, creative and adaptable dance artists, with exceptional dance techniques, who are well prepared for the rigours of professional dance training and future careers in dance.

Throughout the year, CAT Contemporary and Yuva Gati students will train in four core areas:

  • Technical Skills
  • Choreographic Development
  • Performance Enhancement
  • Dance Industry Knowledge, with a focus on professional training options

This will be complemented by supplementary training and students will also have an opportunity to complete their Arts Awards. Each student’s progress is supported and monitored through tailored Individual Training Plans.

Who leads the CAT? 

The Centre for Advanced Training for South Asian and Contemporary Dance (CAT) is the West Midlands partner in the national CAT network.  Funded by the Department of Education Music and Dance Scheme, it is led by FABRIC in partnership with Sampad South Asian Arts and Heritage.

We have an outstanding artistic team, and students have the opportunity to work with artists and companies from the UK and beyond.   The CAT is championed by a broad network of dance tutors, community dance leaders, and teachers from around the country, who play a vital role in signposting their talented students to the programme and supporting their ongoing development.

Where is CAT based?  

The Contemporary course operates at FABRIC on Saturdays during term time, with intensives scheduled during school holidays. The Yuva Gati programme operates at FABRIC on a residential, intensive basis during school holidays, and is complemented by local teaching provision delivered by each student’s Home Tutor.

Who can join? 

CAT is designed for young people aged 11-18 years, but you must be under 16 to join the programme.

How do I join? 

To join CAT, you’ll need to audition first. Find audition information here

How much does the training cost? 

The Department for Education provides a limited number of means-tested grants for students. This is part of their national Music and Dance Scheme. Click here to find out more about funding and costs.

Once you’ve been accepted, you can apply for a grant-assisted place on the programme. Students who are successful at the audition but are too late or ineligible for grants can take up a place. However, this is on the basis that they pay the full fees. Grants can cover all or some of your tuition costs. You can also apply for bursaries towards extra tuition fees to support extra training.

Find out more about the strands

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Meet the CAT Team

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Freya Coles

Assistant Participation Manager

Anuradha Chaturvedi Seth

CAT Principal Artist, Kathak

Divyaportrait Inneesingh

Divya Ravi

CAT Lead Artist, Bharatanatyam

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Jack Wallace

Dance Practitioner / Tutor / Customer Administrator Assistant

Mira Balchandran Gokul

CAT Principal Artist, Bharatanatyam

Parbati Chaudhury

CAT Lead Artist, Kathak

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Sandrine Monin

Interim CAT Artistic Associate, Contemporary

Shane Shambhu

CAT Artistic Associate, Bharatanatyam

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Jade Barnes

CAT Assistant

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