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Centre for advanced dance training youth dance company

The Centre for Advanced Training (CAT) at The Place London, and Hot House Dance are delighted to partner together to deliver the Hertfordshire CAT Connect scheme. Hot House Dance is an organisation based in Hertfordshire that inspires excellence in dance training. The CAT Scheme at The Place, London is an advanced training scheme for young people aged 12– 18 years who have energy, commitment and passion for dance.

What is CAT Connect

CAT Connect is a unique intensive dance training course designed to identify, support and develop, young dancers with exceptional potential in dance, creativity and performance skills, to broaden their knowledge and prepare and progress them into exploring exciting routes into advanced and professional dance training.

What do dancers gain

Dancers will receive weekly training taught by professional dance teachers/artists, and visiting guest teachers, all of whom have extensive experience in the dance industry. 

The curriculum has been carefully designed to give dancers a strong grounding in dance technique and creative skills in contemporary dance, dancers will take part in a range of performance opportunities, as well as an introduction to the wider dance industry/profession. 

The CAT Connect Course focuses on 5 core areas: 

1. Advanced contemporary dance technique,

2. Developing creativity and choreography skills,

3. Expanding Performance skills through a range of performance opportunities,

4. Gaining wider knowledge of Dancers’ health and well-being.

5. Bespoke dance career and progression guidance.

At the end of the Course, dancers will be signposted to other dance opportunities in the region and beyond.

Who can apply

The CAT Connect course is open to any young person aged between 12-18 years old to apply

What does the course cost

CAT Connect is funded by the Department for Education, Music and Dance Scheme, Which enables access and participation opportunities to children from all backgrounds.

Centre for advanced dance training youth dance company

No other Dance School has inspired or motivated me
more. What I have achieved under Hot House Dance's mentoring I could have only dreamed of doing 3 years ago.


Our next audition is Thursday 13th July 2023 

Where: North Hertfordshire

When: Thursdays 6:00-7:30

The benefits of dance, creative thinking, and being part of an authentically supportive community are well known and are undoubtedly proven to improve participants' physical and mental health, but Hot House Dance go further, at the centre of everything we do the 'whole' person is our first and most important focus. Our tried, tested and proven approaches to teaching guarantee that every member of the Hot House Dance family will benefit from:

Hot House Dance is not just another dance class...

we go further

  • Improved emotional & social confidence

  • Surround yourself with positive, fun like-minded community of people that appreciate you for being you

  • Express your true self and get creative

  • Become stronger, fitter and have more physical confidence

  • Achieve high standards in dance, and have fun at the same time in a supportive environment

What else do you get?​

  • Exciting Performance opportunities

  • Proven track record in a high level of success at dance progression

  • Dancers at Hot House Dance see an increase in grades in other dance qualifications and improved ability and confidence in all dance techniques

  • Work with like-minded, focused & committed dancers

  • We are constantly developing to make sure we meet your individual needs & high expectations, we regularly invite professional guest teachers to share professional and cutting edge ideas

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The reasons Why people dance is deeply personal, individual and as varied and vast as the stars in the sky.  It goes without saying Hot House Dance will teach you what dance is, and how to dance, the Why is often deeply hidden, with barriers and obstacles in the way. Using tried, tested and proven caring and supportive approaches you will not only discover your why, but you will be supported and nurtured to confidently express your why. Are you ready for the challenge? Our secret is to improve the person first because we know when you improve the person first, the true dancer follows. double win!


We uniquely focus on the whole person, and fill in the holes in character and dance training, with you at the centre.

Centre for advanced dance training youth dance company
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