Kaia Goodenough

DanceEast Junior Associate Artist
"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. The breadth of movement styles within the contemporary genre that we were exposed to was imperative in exciting me and giving me the desire to continue to train once graduating. The great thing about DanceEast was that we also had visiting companies coming to perform in the theatre or working in the building, so it allowed us to be aware of what was happening in the contemporary dance world at that time, ensuring we were also part of it. DanceEast continued to support me when leaving the scheme to study at London Studio Centre by inviting me back to Rehearsal Direct and giving me the opportunity to shadow many of the choreographers that came to work with them. I then went on to be a teaching assistant on the scheme, which was essential in gaining skills that I was not taught on my degree that now supplement my career. Being able to work with so many different choreographers really influenced the path that I have now taken; the majority of the opportunities I have had come through work that I have created myself, and I have come to find that this is where my interest lies. DanceEast really supported me when I made my first work for Resolution 2017, just after I graduated, and a year later have appointed me as their first Junior Associate Artist 2018-2020. This support is so important in these early stages of my career, as there is no set way to become a choreographer, or path to follow, therefore having the backing of an influential hub of contemporary dance behind me is incredible. 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."

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