NORTHWEST Dance, The Lowry Youth Dance Partnership, has announced a series of open days for aspiring young dancers.
Young people from across Cheshire are invited to attend at the Pyramid & Parr Hall, Warrington on Sunday, May 2 from 1-4.30pm.
Information about the recently launched Centre for Advanced Training in Dance (CAT) will be available and a technique class, creative session and Q&A session will be led by CAT tutors.
CAT provides world-class specialist instruction to gifted young dancers aged 12-16, enabling them to complete their standard education at school and continue to live at home, while they receive professional training.
The CAT aims to identify and assist children with exceptional potential and to set them on pathways to successful careers in dance.
The CAT is open to anyone, regardless of background or personal circumstances, and entry is through audition process.
Applications from students who may have little or no dance experience are welcomed alongside those from more experienced dancers.
The Lowry CAT Audition, for intake in September 2010, will take place on Sunday, June 20 and interested parties must have attended the open day.
Accepted students benefit from 6-8 hours of coaching a week, outside normal school or college hours, with training in contemporary technique, ballet, urban and street dance. They also take classes in diet and nutrition, health and safety and injury awareness.
Alongside the weekly schedule, there is study with professional choreographers and companies during holidays, and the chance to watch performances at The Lowry.
Jonathan Poole, CAT manager at The Lowry, said: “This is a unique opportunity for highly motivated and passionate young people, regardless of background or previous experience, who aspire to pursue a career in the dance profession.”
The CAT scheme is a major project run by the new collaboration Northwest Dance, The Lowry Youth Dance Partnership.
The partnership brings together The Centre for Advanced Training Scheme and Youth Dance England with The Lowry, to offer all young people in the region wider opportunities in dance.
The partners are working together beyond The Lowry, to bring new young people in to the facilities and to take dance out into the region.
The North West is the only centre in the country that has created such a joint initiative.