DANCERS of the future are being invited to a free open day at the University of Chester this Sunday.

The Lowry is on the lookout for young dance talent in the North West and the open day, which runs from 12.30pm-4.30pm, gives 11- to 16-year-olds the chance to audition for an exciting training opportunity – The Lowry Centre for Advanced Training in Dance (CAT).

Attendees will take part in a practical workshop led by a professional dance artist, followed by a creative session and Q&A about the dance opportunities across the region.

The CAT is open to young dancers aged between 11 and 16 (and up to 18 once accepted on to the scheme) who are committed to pursuing a career in dance.

The training programme has a highly successful track record, with graduates progressing to study dance at major UK conservatories including: Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance, The London school of Contemporary dance, Central School of Ballet, and the Northern School of Contemporary Dance.

The CAT is part of a national programme funded by the Department of Education and offers intensive pre-vocational training for young people who wish to pursue a career in dance.

As part of this funding a number of grants are available, allowing the widest possible access across the North West region.

Open days are also being held at The Lowry and other North West venues.

Sally Wyatt, Centre for Advanced Training manager, said: “We are looking for young people who demonstrate exceptional commitment and enthusiasm for dance.

"We are holding auditions for places on The Lowry CAT course for September and we will be looking closely at the potential of each student regardless of their previous dance experience.”

The open days are are free to attend but places are limited and must be booked in advance.

Puté Chomchan, a current student on the CAT scheme, said: “CAT offers amazing opportunities to work alongside professional companies when they come to The Lowry.

"I remember studying Alvin Ailey Dance Company in high school and the next thing I knew I was having a workshop with one of the company dancers!

"Thanks to the training I’ve received at the CAT, I have successfully gained a place at Northern School of Contemporary Dance and look forward to starting a brand new chapter of my training and continuing to pursue a professional career in dance.”

Further information can be found on the NorthWestDance website at, while places can be booked through The Lowry Box Office on 0843 208 6000.