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Centre for Advanced Dance Training for South Asian Dance

Venue: DanceXchange, Birmingham

Venue address: DanceXchange, Thorp Street, Birmingham, United Kingdom


Lead teacher: Sujata Banerjee (Kathak) & Anusha Subramanyam (Bharatanatyam)


Phone: 0121 689 3177

The Centre for Advanced Dance Training is an initiative of the Department of Education’s Music & Dance Scheme. There are nine Centre for Advanced Training around England offering dance training in Ballet, Urban and Contemporary Dance.

The West Midlands is the home of the UKs first ever Centre for Advanced  Dance Training (CADT), formerly known as CAT for South Asian Dance strand, managed by DanceXchange and sampad South Asian Arts. This is the only national centre in the country offering high quality training in Kathak and Bharatanatyam.

CADT is aimed at young dance students in the age group of 11 to 16 years, who have interest and passion in learning and developing their training in Kathak and Bharatanatyam.

How does the CADT programme work:

CADT participants for Kathak and Bharatanatyam style attend residential training during their half-term and summer holidays at DanceXchange studios in Birmingham which is provided by the Subject Leaders. They also undertake weekly training from their home dance teacher to strengthen their training. Which means you will continue your weekly dance training with the Kathak teacher you are currently training with. All South Asian dance students receive a bursary from CADT as a support towards this weekly training with their home tutor.

The students also attend a summer intensive, which combines students from both strands and culminates in an exciting performance. This is a great way to end the term and allows to students transfer the skills they have acquired and developed over the course of the term, into performance. It also gives students the opportunity to team up with and learn from students from other dance disciplines.

Each participant has an Individual Training Plan devised in consultation with parents/ guardian and local dance teacher to support the student’s learning, and ensure balance is maintained between the demands of school work and dance studies.

The programme offers participants: Balanced education, Recognition and support, Holistic training in safe environment, Strengthening technique and performance skills, Opportunity to learn from experienced national and international tutors and artists, Experience in different dance styles, Visits to dance performances and Performance opportunities at prestigious venues.

Department of Education offers means tested bursaries to exceptionally talented students who have financial difficulties in continuing their dance training.

Students are selected into the programme through two stage audition process, regional and national audition.

More information is available on DanceXchange website: