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14th Apr 2016

NorthWestDance Open Days & Taster Workshops

NorthWestDance Open Days and Taster Workshops are now available to book!

NorthWestDance Open Days and Taster Workshops 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 opportunites available to them.


Each year in the run up to the CAT Auditions, we offer CAT Taster Workshops to Organisations and Schools across the Region.

The Taster Workshops are an opportunity for young people who have a passion and talent for dance, to explore their potential through a practical three hour session with a tutor from the CAT Programme. 

Workshops are offered throughout April and May. Click here to book.


This year our Open Day series will feature a range of events focused on different areas of our programme:

The Lowry Centre for Advanced Training in Dance:  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. Open to hard working young dancers aged 11-16 who are passionate and commitmed 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 5 May-9 June.

For more information on The Lowry CAT programme visit the NorthWestDance website ( . 

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

Commotions: The Lowry’s Youth Dance Company: This event is for creative young people who are excited about making and performing dance and want to find out more about the opportunities offered by The Lowry’s Youth Dance Company. Students wishing to audition for the company are advised to first attend an Open Day.

For more information on Commotions visit the NorthWestDance website ( )

Boys Workshop: Open to boys aged 11-19 who love dance and are interested to hear more about the breadth of dance opportunites available to them by The Lowry and in their local area.

The Centre for Advanced Training & ISTD:
A unique opportunity for young people aged 14+ who are interested in exploring the breath of dance and teacher training opportunities available to them though The National CAT programme and the ISTD (Imperial Society for Teachers of Dancing)

For more information on the ISTD visit their website (

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

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