Andrew Collett

DanceEast Centre for Advanced Training Student
"My passion for dance was ignited when I participated in Boys in Babergh in 2012, where I performed with other boys throughout Suffolk in a show called ‘Bats in the Attic’. Since then, I spent two years in Boys United improving my creative skills. Last year, I joined the DanceEast Centre for Advanced Training, where the world-class teaching has had a massive impact on my ability to pick up movement, hence my technique has greatly improved. Having an opportunity to dance at DanceEast has enabled me to realise my ambition, as well as making me not only physically, but also mentally strong."

Q&A with Andrew

1. What is your experience of being a male dancer in a society where dance is still often perceived to be a female activity? Do you feel you’ve had equal opportunities to get involved with dance at DanceEast?

I started dancing in an all-male environment as a part of Boyz United and I have never experienced any prejudice at DanceEast for being a male dancer. On the contrary, I have always been encouraged to do the best I can, and I have had excellent role models at CAT, both male and female.

 

2.What have been your highlights in dancing with us over the past 6 years?

The main highlight of my time at DanceEast has been taking part in ‘Park Road’ last summer. Working with professional choreographers has given me a taste for dancing professionally and has really inspired me to work hard and pursue my dream.

 

3. In what ways have you been supported in your dance journey by DanceEast?

The main way I have been supported at DanceEast is the superlative dance training as well as advice on lifestyle as a dancer (such as nutrition). The support of the tutors at CAT has really helped me grow as a dancer over the last year.

 

4. You speak briefly about how much your technique has improved since joining CAT. Did you have much experience of ballet or contemporary before joining the scheme? How has learning these styles helped you?

My technique has dramatically improved at CAT. Having had no ballet experience before joining CAT, I found it a real challenge to keep up with the high-paced contemporary and ballet classes. However, I can recognise how I have developed as a dancer and I can now meet the demands of all my classes, thanks to the CAT tutors.

 

5. Do you have any advice for other young people interested in getting into dance?

My advice to other young people interested getting into dance would just be to get stuck in! Take full advantage of the amazing opportunities that DanceEast offer in order to improve yourself as a dancer.

 

6.What are your aspirations for the future?

My aspiration for the future is to become a professional dancer. After training in dance full-time after sixth form, I will pursue my dream to perform on the West End.

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