Niamh joined the Dance4 Centre for Advanced Training programme in 2013 when she was 14. During her time on CAT she has worked with artists such as Gary Clarke, Theo Clinkard and Lea Anderson. In 2014 Niamh successfully auditioned for the National Youth Dance Company and has been working with them alongside her CAT training.
Niamh is currently studying A Level Biology and Dance/Performance studies and is in the process of auditioning for vocational dance training.
How did you discover the CAT scheme?
I discovered the CAT scheme initially when I was a part of my dance teacher’s final graduate show and members from Dance4 where there watching. I was also part of a local youth company which was a satellite group for the Dance4 CAT scheme, there were dancers from CAT within the group who inspired me as well as the teacher of the group encouraging me to apply.
What had been your experience of dance before the CAT scheme?
Before joining the CAT scheme I danced at a local private dance school in my area and did nearly all dance styles but hadn’t been exposed to contemporary properly until I joined a local youth group and then the CAT scheme.
What has the CAT scheme taught you?
One of the main things the CAT scheme has taught me is how to work creatively and have more of an openness to abstract ideas and ways of moving and connecting to others. It has allowed me to use my technique as a base but break its form and restrictions to move my body more expansively and in different ways which I am really grateful for.
What are any of your future aspirations?
This year I am auditioning for conservatoires within the UK, hoping to obtain a BA and further my dancing both technically and creatively, after these 3 years of training I hope to get into a contemporary dance company and hopefully be a part of works that get to tour around the country.