Students selected for dance city cat scheme
We are delighted that following a recent audition, hosted at school, Abigail Smith, Molly Shanley, Felicity and Isabella Thomas, Ellen Stewart and Tilda Whent were talent spotted and have been encouraged to apply to the taster day at Dance City, in Newcastle, on 12th April.
CAT is a project for young people to audition and gain advanced training to help prepare for a career in performing arts. If participants are successful in the auditions, they train weekly and can get involved in various projects, including performing on a professional stage. This may also include working with dance companies and is a great way to network and meet new people. Over the years, we are proud that a number of our students have been accepted on the CAT scheme and they have loved the experience and working with different teachers.
Nicola O’Malley, Dance Teacher, said: “‘The students are privileged to have the opportunity of the CAT scheme as it allows them to work professionally from a young age and keep up-to-date with new and creative ways of working. Members of the programme develop so much confidence and creativity when completing the CAT programme which leads them onto bigger projects once they leave. For any students who wish to experience something new and develop a passion they have for performing then the CAT scheme offers the perfect opportunity to excel and give them the platform to succeed.”
In 2021, Millie Cullen, Ebony Lambe, Lilyanna Navuso and Olivia Richardson successfully auditioned for CAT and they have been attending training each week for the past year. Ebony said: CAT has been an amazing experience. It has challenged me and I have improved so much since joining. I have also had fantastic experiences with learning choreography and preparing for upcoming shows. If contemporary and ballet is your passion, then I would definitely recommend joining.”
Millie said: “I’ve really enjoyed the CAT scheme so far. It’s really helped improve my skills, confidence in performing and has broadened my opportunities. I’m looking forward to carrying on with CAT and to continue improving.”
Lillyann added: “The CAT scheme at Dance City is so enjoyable. I love learning new phrases every lesson as it challenges me.I joined Dance City with no professional dance experience, not even from a dance school, I just loved dance. The CAT scheme has improved my dance skills by miles, I can definitely notice my improvement when I dance too. In the future, I’d like to be part of the dance industry such as a dance choreographer, maybe in CAT Dance City. What I think is helpful to mention is you don’t need any professional experience or even from a school because that’s the whole point of the scheme, it is to build up your dance skills.”