Students who attend the scheme will be required to undertake 10 to 14 hours a week of training activities, outside their normal school or college hours. They will take a minimum of 3 classes per week at The Lowry and other studios/ theatres within the local area, which will include but will not be limited to:


      • Contemporary Technique
      • Ballet Technique
      • Yoga/ Pilates/ Progressive Ballet Technique
      • Creative and Choreography Workshops


These classes will be implemented to give maximum training potential to each student. They will include but not be limited to:


Body Conditioning - Designed to develop the student's physical skills. Also including essential information about Diet and Nutrition; Injury Awareness / Injury Prevention etc

Dance History / Dance Appreciation - The students will attend performances from some of the leading professional dance companies that vist The Lowry each year.



Further to the weekly training schedule, participants will work with professional choreographers and companies during half-term breaks, Easter and Summer Holidays all helping to enrich their overall training potential. Take a look at our Projects page to find out more about the professional artists/ companies we have worked with.



Each student will have an Individual Training Plan (ITP), which will be drawn up and agreed by the student, parents/guardians and the C.A.T team.


The ITP will set out the programme of training, study, work and related activities that each participant will undertake. These will be reviewed and evaluated in order to help the participants achieve their potential throughout the year, helping to set goals and build a plan catered to each individual.



The primary aim of the scheme is to provide a strong foundation from which students can access professional training conservatoires, advancing their potential towards a sustainable and successful career in dance whether as a performer, choreographer or otherwise.



Due to the physical nature of the work undertaken on the CAT, there may be times when students suffer aches and pains. This is to be expected as the training is requiring the student to reshape bone & muscle tissue, gain increased flexibility, and become stronger in order to acquire the physiology needed to be a dancer. This cannot be done without the body feeling some discomfort.


It is common for dancers throughout their career to feel aches and pains on a daily basis; unfortunately it goes with the job. Dancers in this situation need to learn how best to cope with such stress both physically and mentally, although it is widely known that the training builds resilience and a higher pain threshold than most other sporting or artistic practices. 


If the pain is sufficient to warrant closer inspection, a dancer suffers a sudden injury or the injury has been persistent over a long period of time the dancer may be referred to our external physiotherapist, who will assist and advice them of further treatment.


We provide physiotherapy from a leading Physiotherapy Centre in Manchester, so our CAT Students are in the best of hands.