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Opportunity for young people with exceptional potential

DanceEast welcomes applications for the Centre for Advanced Training – identifying young people with exceptional potential in dance and enabling them to realise their talent irrespective of personal circumstance

Funded by the Department for Education the DanceEast Centre for Advanced Training is one of nine National Dance Centres aimed at young people with exceptional potential in dance. The scheme is devised to prepare young dancers for full-time professional dance training or university.

Means tested grant funding is available for all successful applicants through the Department for Education’s Music and Dance Scheme. Additional financial support is also available to grant holders to cover up to 100% of dancewear and travel costs.

“The fact that we are currently able to get a full grant is wonderful. It means that my daughter can have the best possible training without having to worry about the fees. Without the music and dance scheme grant she would not be able to attend the DanceEast Centre for Advanced Training or access this level of training.” (Parent)

DanceEast Centre for Advanced Training is now recruiting for new students aged between 10 – 16 years who are interested in pursuing dance as a career. Auditions will be held at the world-class Jerwood DanceHouse in Ipswich at the end of May. If you or someone you know would like to audition, simply download an application form, to complete and return it to Jim Lynch, DanceEast, Jerwood DanceHouse, Ipswich, IP4 1DW by Friday 1 May.

Speaking about the DanceEast Centre for Advanced Training current student Jack Parry (17) from Suffolk, due to start training at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance says: “Without the DanceEast CAT I would not have achieved what I have by now at this age. It has given me the confidence, knowledge, skills, technique and creativity to pursue dance in further training, as well a set of life-long friends and peers. It’s not only a huge learning curve and an accurate representation of how you would train daily in a professional world; but also a place where you get to meet and work with amazing people and reach that sense of escapism from day-to-day stress, weekly.”

Established in 2008, the DanceEast Centre for Advanced Training has moved from strength to strength, with graduating students being accepted onto full time Higher Education courses in either dance or performing arts at the UK’s most celebrated dance conservatoires and colleges including ArtsEd, Bird College, Central School of Ballet, London Studio Centre, Mountview Academy of Performing Arts, Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance, Royal Ballet School and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance.

Isis Clunie (15) from Cambridgeshire talks about how DanceEast helps her to improve: “DanceEast has been a big foundation in my life. I joined when I was 10 and I intend to graduate at 18. The CAT is really good at providing us with a professional atmosphere and helping people work out what they want to do next, which vocational school or which college. The regular individual training programme meetings (ITPs) also help with our technique and ability and they’re constantly challenging us.”


Student Harry Galloway (17) from Hertfordshire, is currently auditioning for dance colleges and conservatoires says: “The training is amazing and working with the teachers and guest artists has been inspirational. The teachers are incredibly knowledgeable of the dance industry and have been very supportive of guiding me down my chosen route. DanceEast understood and saw in me my passion to dance and has given me the tools to work towards achieving my goals which basically means everything.”

Entry to the programme is through a two stage audition process in May and June. Everyone who applies is invited to a Stage One audition (lasting one day) where they will take part in practical dance sessions. Selected applicants will then have the opportunity to return for a Stage Two audition and interview, with places offered by the end of July 2015. The deadline for applications is Friday 1 May.

Student Louisa Sutherland (16) from Norfolk, talks about how DanceEast has helped her to become the dancer she is today: “The CAT has enhanced my dance training and basically taught me ballet! The opportunity to get taught by amazing professional dancers and work with them to make pieces to perform is amazing, I wouldn’t be able to dance how I can now without them.”

To request a prospectus and find out more please contact the DanceEast Centre of Advanced Training team on 01473 295230 or CAT@danceeast.co.uk.

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