The only FREE pre-professional programme in the UK
The Acosta Advanced Training Hub (AATH) 2024-2025 edition is a prestigious year-long ballet and contemporary dance pre-professional programme meticulously crafted to bridge the gap between training and a professional dance career. Tailored for up to ten (10) exceptional pre-professional dancers/students, AATH provides an unparalleled opportunity to enhance their dance network, refine technical skills, seize performance opportunities, and prepare for auditions with unwavering dedication.
Our aim at the AATH is to elevate aspiring dancers to new heights by providing them with a fully immersive development opportunity. We’re proud to announce that we’ve adopted the renowned methods and curriculum from the Acosta Danza Academy in Havana, Cuba, spearheaded by the legendary Carlos Acosta.
Applications for the AATH Sept 24 – Jul 25 are now OPEN.
Deadline Sun 25 February 2024
AATH 2nd Edition will run from September 2024 to July 2025
£25 Application/Audition Fee (non-refundable)
£240 Admin Fee (upon official admission)
Saturday, 9 March 2024
Sunday, 10 March 2024
A Solid Cuban Curriculum
Carlos Acosta’s curriculum is the central pillar of our training hub, offering a unique and unparalleled approach to dance training. Through a combination of Cuban dance and ballet culture, our programme focuses on developing strong technique, versatility, and performance skills.
As a Cuban-born dancer, Carlos Acosta brings a unique blend of Cuban dance and ballet culture to the Acosta Advanced Training Hub curriculum. Our comprehensive training program encompasses contemporary classes, ballet techniques, Cuban folklore, supplementary pointe work sessions, coaching, conditioning, pas de deux (PDD) classes, mentoring, and repertoire from Acosta Danza and other esteemed guest choreographers. This multifaceted approach aims to cultivate students’ technical prowess, artistic expression, versatility and create a pathway for future job opportunities.
Our mission is to empower the community through dance, fostering a vibrant dance sector that thrives alongside the ever-changing global dance landscape. We aim to ignite a deep passion for the transformative power of dance, inspiring individuals to embrace its potential and actively participate in its growth.
Why choose AATH?
Our pre-professional programme offers a comprehensive curriculum that encompasses four essential pillars: Performance, Audition Preparation, Mentoring & Apprenticeship, and the fourth pillar is personalized workshops conducted by renowned choreographers, providing unique insights into their artistic work and creating a vital all-important network for their professional careers.
These pillars are enriched by collaborations with renowned choreographers and guest teachers currently active in the industry, establishing a dynamic network that nurtures the growth and future professional careers of aspiring dancers.
Entry into the Acosta Advanced Training Hub is through an application and workshop-based audition process; please only apply if you will be 18 years of age at the start of the course. The programme is FREE of charge (T&C apply) and is part of the Foundation’s cause of creating a dancer in every home. The course aims to provide experience and insight into dance training at a vocational level and support students interested in focusing equally on ballet and contemporary techniques. Dancers will be taught by experienced teachers and dance artists from the Acosta team and working, teaching and performing in the UK.
Consider supporting the AATH
If you share our passion for nurturing the next generation of dancers, we wholeheartedly welcome you to be a part of our mission to create a dancer in every home. By supporting the Acosta Advanced Training Hub programme, you can make a significant difference in the development of future dancers.
One way to support us is by giving a student the opportunity to thrive. Your contribution will directly contribute to the success of this program, which incurs an approximate cost of £66,750 per year for the Acosta Dance Foundation (ADF). By investing in a student’s training, you will play a crucial role in shaping their future and empowering them to reach their full potential.
Who is eligible for the AATH course? + -
Any vocationally trained aspiring dancer aged 16 at the start of the course.
Will the AATH guarantee me a job? + -
The Acosta Advanced Training Hub is a platform designed to offer high-quality training and pre-professional development opportunities in the field of dance. It provides an enriching and challenging environment for participants to enhance their skills and knowledge. However, it’s important to note that participation in the Acosta Advanced Training Hub does not guarantee or imply job placement. The program’s focus is on education and development, and any future professional opportunities will be based on individual merit and performance.
What do I need to prepare for the auditions if I am shortlisted? + -
Nothing at all – just bring the best version of you on the day and try not to be too nervous.
How do I apply? + -
Please go to our website form above on this page.
How much does it costs? + -
£25 Application/Audition Fee (non-refundable)
£245 Admin Fee (upon official admission)
What will I study? + -
The AATH program covers a comprehensive range of aspects necessary for a professional career in both classical and contemporary dance. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in ballet classes, contemporary dance training, partnering work (PDD), pointework, Cuban Folklore, creative workshops, virtuosity training, audition and performance skills development, mentoring, apprenticeships, collaborations with guest choreographers, and various other valuable opportunities. We aim to provide a well-rounded training experience that equips participants with the necessary skills and knowledge to enhance their employment prospects in the dance industry.
Will I earn a certificate after completion of the AATH course? + -
We will present to you a graduation certificate stating you have completed the course.
Will I be admitted to Acosta Dance Company Acosta Danza after completion of the AATH course? + -
While this course covers various elements connected to the work of Carlos Acosta in Acosta Danza, it is crucial to emphasize that participation is contingent upon auditions and aims to offer an equitable opportunity to all applicants. We are dedicated to maintaining a transparent selection process that welcomes individuals from diverse backgrounds. It is important to note that successful completion of this course does not guarantee direct entry into Acosta Danza.
Will I be sponsored for the accommodation and travel expense if I travel to UK to attend the auditions and AATH course? + -
Although the foundation has made a substantial financial commitment to cover most of the costs associated with this course, it is important to note that participants will be responsible for their accommodation, travel expenses, and daily transportation to the Acosta Dance Centre for training. We encourage prospective participants to ensure they have the necessary resources to cover these expenses before applying.
Can I attend the Audition online as I will be abroad at that time? + -
Yes. We can accept video auditions from those international participants who can’t attend in person.
When and how will I be informed if I will be selected for the AATH course after the auditions? + -
Can I audition for this course if I am a professional dancer? + -
What's the course length and when will be the next intake? + -
For our inaugural AATH program, the course will run for six months from January to July 2024. Subsequently, the next intake will take place from September 2024 to July 2025. It’s important to note that a new application and audition process will be implemented for the 2024-2025 course. We encourage interested individuals to stay updated and look out for announcements regarding the application and audition details for the upcoming course.