The YDA is one of ten Centres for Advanced Training (CAT) across the country. These are a consortium of dance organisations that provide 11-17 year olds who have exceptional potential in dance, with access to the best available teaching at suitable facilities alongside strong links with the dance profession. Through the national provision of highly specialised training, the CATs cultivate artists at a critical stage in their development, in order to prepare them for entry into the world's leading vocational dance schools and onto successful and rewarding careers in the arts. 

The CATs are supported by the Department for Education (DfE) Music and Dance Scheme (MDS) through means tested student bursaries. 

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