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Apply to Vocational Programmes

How do I apply?

Applications for our Centre for Advanced Training and Associate Auditions for September 2023 entry are now closed. For late submissions please contact

Our next auditions will be held in March 2024 with applications opening January 1 2024.


To be eligible for the Associate programme or the Centre for Advanced Training (CAT), at the time of audition you need to be in Year 4 or above at school, going into academic years 5-11 in the September you would start your training.

Year 4 students auditioning for CAT will be auditioning for the CAT Foundation.

The Centre for Advanced Training is a non-residential training for pre-vocational students. You must be attending school in the UK to be eligible. For more information click here.

Associate classes run weekly in term times and fortnightly for Intermediate and Senior Associates. For more information click here.

Audition Fee

There is an administration charge of £35 per person and you may be assessed for one or both programmes for this fee.

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. To Apply for an Audition Fee waiver, please complete the audition application form below, you will be directed to apply for the waiver once you have submitted your application.

  • Our waiver works on a means tested basis that follows the CAT grant income brackets set by the Department of Education
  • This waiver is available to students applying for our CAT programme (this can be in conjunction with associates)
  • Families on a combined household income of £32,728 or less will be eligible for the fee waiver
  • Parents may be asked to supply evidence of their income to support their application
  • The deadline to apply for a few waiver is 3 February. You will be notified if you have been successful by 10 February
  • Waiver forms will be available when applications go live in January 2024

What happens after I apply for a waiver?

  • Waiver requests will be reviewed by the Academy team on a rolling basis. If successful, applicants will be notified and no fee will be required on application
  • There are a limited number of waivers available. These will be offered on a rolling basis with the deadline of 10 February so we would advise completing your form promptly

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

All eligible applicants will be offered a preliminary audition. The Academy Team will email you your audition time after the application closing date. All preliminary auditions will be held on Sunday 3 March at Northern Ballet, LS2 7PA. If you are applying for both the CAT and Associate programmes you will be required to attend two auditions on this date.

If successful in your preliminary audition, you will be invited to a recall audition. All recall auditions will be held on a Sunday 17 March.

  • Submission deadline: Friday 16 February 2024
  • Preliminary audition date: Sunday 3 March 2024
  • Recall date: Sunday 17 March 2024

All dates are currently provisional and are subject to change.

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