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How do I apply?

Applications for our Centre for Advanced Training and Associate Auditions 2023-2024 are now open.


To be eligible for the Associate programme or the Centre for Advanced Training (CAT), at the time of audition you need to be in Year 4 or above at school, going into academic years 5-11 in the September you would start your training.

Year 4 students auditioning for CAT will be auditioning for the CAT Foundation.

The Centre for Advanced Training is a non-residential training for pre-vocational students. You must be attending school in the UK to be eligible. For more information click here.

Associate classes run weekly in term times. For more information click here.

Audition Fee

There is an administration charge of £30 per person and you may be assessed for one or both programmes for this fee.

CAT Audition Fee Waiver

The Academy of Northern Ballet's Centre for Advanced Training (CAT) programme aims to support talented children and young people from all background to access our training.

  • Our waiver works on a means tested basis tat follows the CAT grant income brackets set by the Department of Education.
  • This waiver is available to students applying for our CAT programme (this can be in conjunction with associates).
  • Families on a combined household income of £31,481 or less will be eligible for the fee waiver.
  • Parents may be asked to supply evidence of their income to support their application
  • If you would like to apply for the fee waiver, please complete the online waiver form as linked below.

What happens after I apply for a waiver?

  • Waiver requests will be reviewed by the Academy team on a rolling basis. If successful, applicants will be notified and no fee will be required on application.
  • There are a limited number of waivers available. These will be offered on a rolling basis so we would advise completing your form promptly.

When will I find out if I have been successful in my application?

All eligible applicants will be offered a preliminary audition. The Academy Team will email you your audition time after the application closing date. All preliminary auditions will be held on Sunday 12 March. If you are applying for both the CAT and Associate programmes you will be required to attend two auditions on this date.

If successful in your preliminary audition, you will be invited to a recall audition. All recall auditions will be held on Sunday 26 March.

Submission deadline: Monday 13 February 2023
Preliminary audition date: Sunday 12 March 2023
Recall date: Sunday 26 March 2023

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