Centre for Advanced Training - Brighton Satellite
Nurturing local young dance talent
In a bid to give more young people with dreams of being a dancer access high level training, we partnered with internationally acclaimed Contemporary dance school The Place to run a satellite version of their Centre for Advanced Training (CAT) scheme - a national dance programme for 10-18 year olds who show exceptional potential and passion for dance.
What we did
In 2015 we took over from Brighton & Hove City Council (who previously ran the CAT Brighton satellite), and used our networks to invite local, talented young dancers to audition for the scheme. 17 students aged 12-15 years were selected and took on the challenge of an intense six-month training course, made possible with the help of our partners Brighton Aldridge Community Academy who encouraged their students to audition and provided studio space.
“The students benefitted from weekly contemporary dance training, creative workshops, collaboration with other national CAT satellite schemes, and performance opportunities working with an impressive array of dance professionals – it was hard work but wonderful for all involved!”
Community & Participation Coordinator, South East Dance
What we achieved
For the students taking part, it gave them a unique glimpse into the professional dance world. Not only did they enjoy high level training, but were also able to learn about their bodies as dancers through specifically designed nutrition and Pilates masterclasses. They experienced the physical and mental challenges of dance training, the inspiration that comes from working with professionals in their field, and the increased confidence that came through the skills and knowledge they gained.
“It was amazing to perform, meet new people and learn creative and interesting choreography. It was also amazing to experience live music and to be taught by such talented and friendly teachers.”
Holly, CAT Brighton Satellite 2016 student
Tallulah, 14, loved dancing before taking part in Centre for Advanced Training (CAT), but had never had the opportunity to give Contemporary dance a try. She had dreamt of becoming a professional dancer and wanted to learn about Contemporary technique to find out if it was really for her. So when a friend who had already done CAT at The Place told her about it, she jumped at the chance and auditioned for the CAT Brighton Satellite in November 2015.
Fast forward to the beginning of 2016, Tallulah had started the CAT classes and was absolutely hooked.
“Everyone has been so friendly and I have been able to meet lots of new people.”
“She loved every minute of it. One week she had a chest infection and still insisted on going, just to watch – she didn’t want to miss a second of the experience.”
Emma, Tallulah’s Mum
After completing the six-month CAT Brighton Satellite programme, Tallulah successfully auditioned to be part of the full CAT scheme at The Place and has been trying more classes at Pineapple Studios in London. Taking part has opened her mind to a new and expressive form of dance and now she is determined to keep dancing – who knows where that may lead!
“I have loved the CAT scheme, the teachers have helped me so much and I can already tell that I have come on over the past six months. I have had constant feedback which has helped me to continuously improve and I have loved performing at events!”