Recruiting for The Lowry Centre for Advanced Training in Dance

As The Lowry Centre for Advanced Training in Dance (The Lowry CAT) celebrates alumni working across the dance sector, and one of their class of 2017 students Matthew Rawcliffe reaches the BBC Young Dancer 2019 Grand Final, the North West base of the national training scheme is looking to recruit aspiring young male and female dancers for its next cohort of students.

Aimed at dancers aged 11–16 who are passionate about dance and interested in the art-form as a career, The Lowry CAT is offering Free Open Days across the region in May and June. The Open Days, along with Audition Preparation Classes will give further insight into the scheme and its final audition day at The Lowry in Salford Quays, Greater Manchester on Sunday 9 June.

The Lowry CAT is part of a national programme, Centres for Advanced Training, funded by the Department of Education’s Music and Dance Scheme. The programme exists to help identify and assist children with exceptional potential, regardless of their personal circumstances, to benefit from world-class specialist training as part of a broad and balanced education. This enables them to proceed towards self-sustaining careers in music and dance.

The training programme has a highly successful track record and graduates from the course have gone on to study dance at major UK conservatories and vocational schools including: Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance; Central School of Ballet; the Northern School of Contemporary Dance; London Contemporary Dance School (The Place); and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance and Bird College.

Alumni of The Lowry CAT have gone on to perform with Matthew Bourne’s New Adventure’s, Motionhouse, VERVE Graduate Dance Company, EDge Graduate Dance Company, Southpaw Dance Company, Jasmin Vardimon 2, Disneyland Paris, Fallen Angels Dance Theatre, Cilla The Musical, and many more. Others have pursued a variety of careers associated with dance, including choreography, directing, teaching, project management and physiotherapy.

More information about the The Lowry CAT, its free open days, drop-in sessions and audition can be found at

The BBC Young Dancer 2019 Grand Final will be broadcast live on BBC Two on Saturday 18 May.


The Lowry CAT Open Day – Sunday 19 May
The Lowry, Salford Quays | Greater Manchester

The Lowry CAT & Cumbria* Youth Dance Open Day – Sunday 19 May
University of Cumbria, Carlisle and The Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal

*The Cumbria Open Days can be booked via emailing // 07584 251352.

The Lowry CAT Open Day – Sunday 2 June
The Lowry, Salford Quays | Greater Manchester

Places for most Open Days can be booked through:
The Lowry Box Office on 0843 208 6000 or