Exciting scheme explores potential

The CAT scheme at the Point, Eastleigh offers contemporary dance training for talented young performers
The CAT scheme at the Point, Eastleigh offers contemporary dance training for talented young performers
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Young dancers are being given the chance to audition for a space on a prestigious training scheme.

The Point in Eastleigh is working with London’s The Place as a satellite centre for the National Dance Centres for Advanced Training scheme (CAT).

The scheme is for children aged from 12 to 15 and identifies youngsters with exceptional potential in dance, regardless of whether or not they have had any formal dance training.

Vicki Hargreaves, dance development manager at The Point explains: ‘This scheme provides local young people with the opportunity to develop their potential in dance and more specifically, their contemporary dance technique.

‘Whether you are a complete novice in dance or already familiar with technical practice, if we see the CAT Scheme as being beneficial to you then you have every chance of gaining a place. Enthusiasm, commitment and a passion for dance is essential.’

Auditions for a place on the scheme are planned for Sunday December 7 at 11am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm.

CAT Satellite will run during the spring and summer terms of 2015 and successful dancers will experience a course of contemporary dance technique classes and creative workshops.

All sessions will be led by Carrie Whittaker, co-artistic director of professional dance company Lîla Dance.

The students conclude their training with a performance at The Place, alongside current CAT students and bursaries are also available on request, dependent on the individual.

To apply for the audition visit thepointeastleigh.co.uk and download the application form. The deadline for applications is Friday November 21, 2014.

Alternatively contact Alana Jones by email at: alana.jones@eastleigh.gov.uk or telephone (023) 8062 7804.