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Birmingham's Centre for Advanced Training for South Asian and Contemporary styles opens online auditions for September’s new intake of young dance students aged 11 - 16 across Coventry and the West Midlands.


Young dancers at the Centre for Advanced Training-for South Asian and Contemporary Dance led by DanceXchang, Birmingham and Sampad South-Asian Arts and Heritage. Image by Stephen Wright Photography-

A brilliant dance opportunity for has arisen for talented 11-16-year-olds keen to develop their training in either contemporary or South Asian styles.

Birmingham-based dnce agency DanceXchange and Sampad South Asian Arts and Heritage opens online auditions for the September intake for the prestigious Centre for Advanced Training (CAT) programme and the deadline is August 14.

The Contemporary strand, DANCE GENERATION, is open to young people from the West Midlands including Coventry; while the South Asian strand, YUVA GATI, is a national programme recruiting from across the UK. The opportunity to study Bharatanatyam and Kathak at this elite level is unique to this CAT within the UK.

Potential students for both contemporary and South Asian styles can sample a flavour of the programme at an online Open Day this week on Fri July 25 which will offer a workshop, taster sessions and a Question and Answer opportunity with tutors.   

Previous dance experience is not necessary, and applications are welcomed from young people with the enthusiasm, potential and commitment to train as contemporary dancers (open to West Midlands students only) and Bharatanatyam or Kathak dancers (open to students across the UK).

“We are looking to recruit talented and committed individuals who can train with us to reach their maximum potential,” explains Alexandra Henwood, Head of Learning and Participation at DanceXchange.  “We have an outstanding artistic team, and students have the opportunity to work with industry professionals and award-winning choreographers.” 

Director of Sampad, Piali Ray OBE. says: “The Yuva Gati CAT programme delivers outstanding training, mentorship and opportunities to young people who show extraordinary talent in dance. This programme is crucial in shining a light on the next generation of British South Asian Dancers, who will continue to forge the future of the sector.

Places on the scheme are by audition only and the DfE offer means-tested grants enabling students to join the programme regardless of personal circumstance.

Booking for the Open Day and full details of the online audition process are available here   The auditions deadline is Aug 14.

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