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Applications for our centre for advanced training and Accociate Programmes 2021-2022 are now closed.

This year due to the coronavirus pandemic, there will be no live preliminary auditions. Initial audition is by application and video submission of our set class available on our application form. 

If you are auditioning for our CAT programme please submit your application as soon as possible so that we can process your application before our recall dates begin.  

We hope to be able to offer recalled students live final auditions in line with the government COVID secure guidelines. This is subject to change dependent on restrictions at the time. Where possible, applicants will be allocated one of the below recall dates:  

CAT Final Auditions 2021
  • Sunday 18 April
Associate Final Auditions 2021
  • Sunday 18 April

How do I apply? 

If you are eligible to apply for our programmes you will need to submit an application form with video footage and an audition fee. You may be eligible for an audition fee waiver.


To be eligible for the Associate Programme, you need to be going into academic years 5 - 11 in September 2021. 

To be eligible for the Centre of Advanced Training Programme, you need to be going into academic years 6 - 11 in September 2021. 

Application form

Please complete the application form available at the bottom of the page. You will be able to view our audition videos on your application.

Audition Fee

There is an administration charge of £20 per person and you may be assessed for one or both programmes for this fee.  

Video footage 

We have prepared a set class for you to film for us - available when filling out the application form. Please read our safety disclaimer before practicing and filming the class work.

Once you have filmed your footage you will need to upload this as one video to a platform such as Dropbox, Google drive, YouTube, Vimeo. We will then require the link to your footage on our application when prompted. 

CAT audition fee waiver

The Academy of Northern Ballet’s Centre for Advanced Training (CAT) programme aims to support talented children and young people from all backgrounds to access our training.  

  • Our waiver works on a means tested basis that follows the CAT grant income brackets set by the Department of Education
  • Families on a combined household income of £30,227 or less will be eligible for the fee waiver
  • Parents may be asked to supply evidence of their income to support their application
  • If you would like to apply for the fee waiver, please download and complete the fee waiver application form available here

What happens after I apply for a waiver? 

Once we have processed all the waiver applications, you will be emailed your outcome. If successful you will not need to make a payment. 

You can start to fill in your application form while you wait for your outcome, just don’t make the payment until we have been in touch. Please contact directly for further information.

When will I find out if I have been successful in my application?

We will contact you to let you know the outcome of your audition by 29th March. If you have not heard from us by this date please contact referencing your child's full name.

Please note that due to the number of submissions we will receive, this year outcomes may be given on different dates.

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