Open Days


NorthWestDance Open Days give young people the opportunity to experience the range of dance opportunities offered by The Lowry and in their local area.

The days will include a fun and challenging technical and creative workshop delivered by our highly accomplished tutors and a chance for students, parents & guardians to find out more about the dance opportunities available to them.

This year our Open Day series will feature a range of events focused on different areas of our programme. Open Days and the CAT Drop In (Audition Prep) Sessions are free to book via The Lowry Box Office 0843 208 6000*

Scheduled Open Days Are:

The Lowry CAT Open Day & Cumbria Youth Dance Company Auditions 
Sat 12 May
North Cumbria | University of Cumbria, Carlisle | 9.30am - 1.00pm | Age 11 - 18 
South Cumbria | The Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal | 2.30pm - 6.00pm | Age 11 -18

Doubles up as a CAT practical workshop + auditions for Cumbria YDC. *These two specific Open Days must be booked via / 07584 251352

• Male Dancers – Sun 13 May | The Lowry, Salford Quays | Greater Manchester | 9.30am - 1pm | Age 11 – 17

• The Lowry CAT - Sun 13 May | The Lowry, Salford Quays | Greater Manchester |  1.30pm - 5pm | Age 11-16

• The Lowry CAT – Sun 20 May | The Lowry, Salford Quays | Greater Manchester | 9.30am – 1.00pm | Age 11 -16

The Lowry CAT - Sun 20 May | University of Chester | Cheshire | 12.30pm - 4.30pm | Age 11 – 16
Suitable for students from Cheshire, North East Wales and Merseyside wishing to experience the CAT Scheme.

• The Lowry CAT - Sun 10 June | The Lowry, Salford Quays | Greater Manchester | 9.30am - 1pm | Age 11 – 16

The Lowry CAT Drop-In Sessions 
Wed 16 May  | Wed 23 May | Wed 30 May | Wed 6 June | Wed 20 June
The Lowry, Salford Quays | 5pm - 6.30pm | Age 11 – 16

Final CAT Audition – Sun 24 June | The Lowry, Salford Quays | 9.00am start to finish at approx. 6.15pm | Age 11 - 16 | Application Forms for the Audition will be provided at the Open Days

Information about the NorthWestDance Open Days:

The Lowry CAT Open Days

These Open Days will introduce you to the CAT scheme, an intensive, part time, pre-vocational training programme for young people who aim to pursue a career in dance. They are open to hard working young dancers aged 11-16 who are passionate and committed to a future as a dance professional. The Lowry CAT is part of a national programme funded by the Department of Education through the recognised Music and Dance Scheme. Students wishing to audition for the CAT are advised to first attend an Open Day.

You can also attend our CAT Drop In Sessions at The Lowry every Thursday from 4 May-1 June In preparation for the audition which are bookable via The Lowry Box Office 0843 208 6000

Wednesday 16th May -  5-6.30pm at the Lowry - Age 11-16 
Wednesday 23rd May -  5-6.30pm at The Lowry - Age 11-16
Wednesday 30th May -  5-6.30pm at The Lowry- Age 11-16
Wednesday 6th June -  5-6.30pm at The Lowry - Age 11-16
Wednesday 20th June -  5-6.30pm at The Lowry - Age 11-16

For information on the National CAT Programme visit the National Dance CATs website.

For further information about The Lowry CAT Audition Day visit our website page.

Male Dancers Open Days

Open to boys aged 11-17 who love dance and are interested to hear more about the breadth of dance opportunities available to them by The Lowry and in their local area.

Other Local Opportunities

The Open Days also offer more information on other opportunities in your local area. e.g our Open Days in Cumbria this year also double up as the auditions for Cumbria Youth Dance Company – find out more information about the company here.

The Cumbria Open Days can be booked via emailing

More information about this year’s CAT Audition day, plus Application Forms will be provided upon attendance at an Open Day.

For any further enquiries about the above Open Days please contact