Anna Williams joined the Centre for Advanced Training programme at the Academy of Northern Ballet in 2011, when she was 12. During her time on CAT she has worked with artists and teachers such as David Nixon (OBE), Yoko Ichino and Kenneth Tindell.

How did you discover the CAT scheme?

My mum was looking for classes around the area and the Academy of Northern Ballet were holding some free workshops around Sheffield. I really enjoyed the workshop and found out more about the different opportunities – CAT grabbed my attention. The CAT scheme was easily accessible for me and I decided to apply for an audition.

What had been your experience of dance before the CAT scheme?

I went to my local dance school in Sheffield from about 7 until 11 years old.

What has the CAT scheme taught you?

Being on the CAT programme was special because as students we were trained and challenged in a way that taught you a lot about the physical and emotional demands of becoming a professional dancer and how to deal with them so you can have a thriving, healthy, long-lasting career. I think that the CAT scheme made me easily recognize my strengths and weaknesses which sets you up to become an independent well-rounded individual who is hirable.

Where has the scheme led you so far?

After I graduated from the CAT scheme I studied for three years at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and in my final year I had the opportunity to tour with Scottish Ballet. After graduating from RCS, I joined Scottish Ballet as an Artist.

What are any of your future aspirations?

My future aspirations are to carry on performing and expand my experience as a dancer.

What advice would you give to a young person who is interested in auditioning?

Anyone who wants to audition should go for it! And have fun in the process! It’s a great way to reach your potential and become a smart dancer.

Photo by Scottish Ballet

14 February 2019