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2021 marks 10 years of our East Midlands Centre for Advanced Training (CAT) programme! To celebrate we collected memories of everyone’s favourite CAT moments.

Over the last 10 years, the programme has been identifying and developing exceptional young dance talent from across the East Midlands.

One of the ways we’re marking this milestone will be with you!

We’re collecting moments from anyone who has engaged with the programme. Alumni, invited professional artists, parents, family members and audience past and present are invited to help us build a growing archive of moments celebrating the past decade.

Be it a few words, a paragraph or two, images or videos, the collection will both be shared either anonymously or with your name (your choice) on this page (below) and at this year’s Routes event happening on Sunday June 28 at Nottingham Playhouse.

In addition to this, we’ll also be running a social media campaign. If you want to share via social media just use the hashtag #d4catmoments. These will be pulled together and featured below in the coming months.

Centre For Advanced Training Stories

Shared Moments

Over the time I have been working as a CAT assistant I have some fantastic memories.

I remember the first summer school I assisted where the students had to create dance films inspired by an artist. I was absolutely blown away by the creativity of the films that the CAT Students produced and it was great to see their reactions to watching the films they had made.

Freya Coles, CAT Assistant

Changing Perceptions was a major piece of research Dance4 CAT commissioned Trinity Laban to undertake.

Although there is still much to do to remove barriers for young disabled people to access the same opportunities as their non disabled peers, the Dance4 CAT made an important contribution to change and we had a lot of fun whilst doing it.

Hayley Arthur, Dance4: Producer Learning and Skills

Watching the Dance4 CAT students working outdoors with Australian Choreographer Luke George at Lakeside Arts Centre was really fantastic. In ‘Public Actions’, Luke proposes alternative constructs to the idea of community in response to a shared sense of crisis today, and this experience really was alternative – one that I doubt the students will ever forget. It was great to see the students as part of Dance4’s Nottdance Festival, and collaborating with an international artist.

Hannah Sharpe, Dance4 Programme Director

CAT summer Residency 2019

Maisie, Current CAT Student

CAT Easter residency circa 2013/14 with Group 2

Natifah W, CAT Alumni

Being a part of the CAT programme opened my eyes to so many more opportunities within the dance sector.

The space we have to develop our own movement vocabulary, the space we have to grow as young creatives, the space we have to actually learn without the pressure of exams is so so liberating and empowering.

Zoe , CAT Participant