Through the CAT programme we have trained hundreds of talented dancers, many of whom have gone on to full-time education, gaining qualifications in dance, and progressed to perform professionally. Be inspired by some of their stories below.
I first encountered DanceEast when auditioning for the Centre for Advanced Training scheme. Since being given a place on the CAT it has completely transformed my view of contemporary dance.
The CAT enabled me to be taught by teachers with all different careers as well as having work created for us by world-class choreographers. And once I left the scheme to study at London Studio Centre DanceEast continued to support me by inviting me back to rehearsal direct and giving me the opportunity to shadow many of the choreographers that came to work with them.
Since training I have performed as a freelance dancer in various projects, including working with the Royal Academy of Art and on short films at the Camden Roundhouse. I created my own company, Limb Dance Co., and premiered its first work at The Place’s Resolution 2017. Following this, its work has been part platforms including The Performance Salon at Battersea Arts Centre.
Having my name next to the other established associate artists is an honour and I do not think I would be at this point of my career and continually growing as an artist without DanceEast.
I joined the DanceEast Centre for Advanced Training in 2010 and since then have gone on to train at London Contemporary Dance School. The intense training at the DanceEast CAT undoubtedly helped me develop as an ambitious and self-disciplined dancer. It has given me numerous opportunities to perform in spectacular venues alongside word-class choreographers such as Darren Ellis, members of the Hofesh Shechter Company, Jasmin Vardimon Company, and many others. It is at these times when I realise that there is nothing else I want to do other than perform to others, communicating the strong passion I feel when dancing. I feel so lucky to be part of such an amazing organisation and to have the chance to be involved in such fantastic programmes.
Since my time at DanceEast, I have completed three years of inspirational and rigorous training at London Contemporary Dance School and embarked on a postgraduate degree as part of Edge – the performance company of the School. I cannot stress how thankful I am to DanceEast Centre for Advanced Training without whom I would never be in this position I am today. The professionalism of the training and the preparation for the dance world which I have received there has made me feel ready and determined in my ambition to become a devoted dancer.
I joined the DanceEast Centre for Advanced Training in September 2011 and graduated from there in 2015 to study at Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance. Before I joined DanceEast I had very little dance experience and have no doubt that the experience of being a CAT student wholly prepared me for where I am now.
During my time at DanceEast, I was very lucky to perform at the Royal Opera House. 22 dancers from DanceEast were lucky enough to spend time there, meeting other dancers from other CATs, rehearsing in the same studios as the professional dancers and meeting the good and the great of the dance world – Darcey Bussell, Carlos Acosta and Wayne McGregor to name but a few. Our performance was a sell-out, walking out on to that stage was one of the most amazing, exhilarating and scary sensation I have ever felt. This was a key moment for me – it gave me self-belief in my own abilities as a dancer.
My training at DanceEast enabled me to dance with National Youth Dance Company, I’ve since had the privilege of meeting and working with accomplished dancers and choreographers and could not have done this without the guidance of the team at the CAT.
I attended DanceEast Centre for Advance Training from 2012 to 2014 and went on to train at Doreen Bird College of Dance, Music and Theatre Performance in London. From the minute my training started I was introduced to professional classes enhancing technique, confidence and professionalism, audition processes, workshops with famous choreographers, offsite filming and endless opportunities.
All my teachers were amazing role models and it was such an amazing environment, picking up life lessons and building foundations for us all to become professional dancers – not to mention the fun and friendships built along the way! It really was the most amazing experience.
If I could sum up what DanceEast has done for me it would be; it taught me how my body works and what I need to make my body work properly, it’s taught me to believe I am capable of every style and built a confidence to attempt anything anywhere, also to be professional at all times.
Without the training here I would not have been lucky enough to have the amazing opportunities I have had since leaving the CAT including working with JoJo Gomez, David Leighton, Andrew Wilson, Alexander Chung and many more, and experience working in exciting places like Los Angeles, New York, London and Hong Kong not to mention many more. DanceEast provided me with the tools to pursue my dreams and will always be my favourite place to come back to.
Thank you to everyone at DanceEast for the endless support and encouragement.
I joined the DanceEast CAT in 2010 having done a small amount of ballet training beforehand. Thanks to the amazing faculty and exposure at DanceEast, I fully realised my passion for dance and was eager to fully develop and advance my knowledge and skill in all areas of dance but with a particular focus on ballet.
I graduated at the age of 16 to train at Central School of Ballet. Alongside touring with Ballet Central I also have the pleasure of working as an Apprentice with New Adventures on their production of The Red Shoes.
The preparation that the DanceEast CAT provided me was instrumental in helping me achieve my goals and aspirations. The diverse programme on offer means that we become versatile and determined dancers and choreographers – I’ve learnt how to be tenacious and focused, DanceEast helped me to hone my skills and understand what is required of a professional dancer today.
I first encountered DanceEast when a CAT Tutor came to my secondary school to lead a workshop. After successfully auditioning for the DanceEast CAT in 2009 and spending four years exploring contemporary dance and working with some amazing choreographers such as James Cousins, Etta Murfitt and dancers from Hofesh Shechter Dance Company I gained a place at Northern School of Contemporary Dance on their degree course.
I graduated from NSCD with a First, and embarked on a Masters degree at the same school. The postgraduate course was formed by an apprenticeship with a professional dance company – Black Box Dance Company, who are located in Jutland, Denmark. Throughout my apprenticeship I performed and tour as a company member and explore a whole new culture and language.
Oh, how I think about that dance workshop and how it completely changed my career ambitions. Undoubtedly, without my time at DanceEast I would not be where I am today. The CAT team opened my eyes to the world of contemporary dance, which is such a rich, evolving medium which gives me constant enjoyment. Eight years later I am a performing dance artist and I never thought I would reach here when I was younger. Thank you!