I started at my local dance school attending Tap, Ballet, Jazz and Drama classes until I was 14, at which point I became more interested in contemporary dance after watching my brothers performances with NSCD’s CAT scheme. I then joined the Youth dance classes at NSCD. From there I gained places in both the CAT and Phoenix Youth Academy both of which I attended for 1 year before going on to do the foundation, BPA and now Verve all at NSCD.
Upon entering the CAT scheme I had much training in other areas of dance, however my contemporary training at that point had only come from doing 1 year on the youth dance classes at NSCD.
For me the main focus of CAT was on learning transferable skills that could be applied to all aspects of life whilst inspiring young artists to explore new possibilities and help guide them in their future endeavours. By working with a range of guest artists during intensives and throughout our weekly lessons you gain a variety of skills and are able to discover more specifically what interests you within contemporary dance.
CAT is full of opportunities, the teachers and fellow students become your family which gives you the support to challenge your individual capabilities, discover new things and strive to better yourself not only within the studio but outside as well. Even after you leave you know that the staff will always be there for you.