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CAT Alumni

The CAT prepares and equips students with the skills to continue on to further dance training, if they choose to. Guidance on progression routes and support is offered to students throughout their time on the CAT.

Over the past 16 years, the DanceEast CAT has trained hundreds of talented young people, who are now working professionally across the performing arts sector.

Find out what some of our alumni’s have got up to…



Archie James joined the DanceEast Centre for Advanced Training when they were 16. During their time on the CAT they worked with artists such as Richard Alston Company, Matthew Bourne, Berlin Staatballett, and Kristen McNally, amongst others. The CAT programme taught Archie about the diversity of dance, and the broad spectrum of what is available. As well as this, it also taught them the value of being a multi-faceted dancer.

After training on the CAT, Archie went on to study at Central School of Ballet, going on to dance in productions with English National Ballet, St Petersburg Ballet, and Northern Ballet. Archie then took a career change, and studied Physiotherapy at King’s College. They now work as a physiotherapist with St Thomas’ Hospital, and as an educator at King’s College London.




Phil joined the DanceEast CAT in 2010, studying on the programme for nine years. Phil trained at London Contemporary Dance School, graduating in 2022 with a BA (Hons) in Contemporary Dance. They are currently studying an MA in Contemporary Dance Performance whilst undergoing a Professional Placement Apprentice with Stopgap Dance, facilitated through Northern School of Contemporary Dance. They will be with the company for nine months, gaining insight into being in a professional company.




Taquan is a graduate student from Bath Spa University with a BSc in Psychology and Dance. Taquan is working towards becoming a registered psychologist; the skills he has developed are vast and include analytical skills, great written and verbal communication, enhanced emotional intelligence, and organisational skills. Taquan is also zealous on public health, both psychological and mental. Currently, he runs a social media page named TaqTalks, in which he shares blogs, videos, and advice.




After five years on the DanceEast CAT, Meghan trained at Northern School for Contemporary Dance, graduating with a first-class honour’s degree in 2020. Meghan joined VERVE21, under the artistic directorship of Matthew Robinson, touring works by Botis Seva, Caroline Fin, Barnaby Booth, and Matthew Robinson. Meghan is currently a Company Dancer for Russell Maliphant Dance Company, performing Silent Lines and the company’s new production Vortex.




During his training with the DanceEast CAT, Jack joined National Youth Dance Company, and then went on to full-time training at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. Since graduating, Jack has played Jack Frost/Cowboy in Birmingham Repertory Theatres The Snowman at Sadler’s Wells; dance and co-choreographer for TuckShop West End Born This Way (Garrick Theatre); Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake (National and International Tour/New York City Centre). Jack’s TV credits include: Troy in upcoming series Superhoe (BBC). Film credits include: Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake (Illuminations) and Movement Research for upcoming The Northman (New Regency Productions/Focus Features).