Dancer’s dream is a step closer

Macclesfield Express - - MACCLESFIELD PEOPLE -

A GIRL dreaming of a ca­reer on the stage is to au­di­tion for the Cen­tre for Ad­vanced Train­ing in Dance.

Ali­cia Mi­tra, 12, from Poyn­ton, is one of hun­dreds of dancers aim­ing to im­press judges at the event at The Lowry in Sal­ford on June 7.

If the Poyn­ton High School pupil is suc­cess­ful it will be her first step to­wards join­ing one of the world’s most il­lus­tri­ous dance com­pa­nies.

The prize for those who get through is a year’s free dance school­ing from the Cen­tre for Ad­vanced Train­ing in Dance (CAT), in­clud­ing train­ing in ballet and chore­og­ra­phy skills.

For­mer grad­u­ates have suc­cess­fully au­di­tioned for The North­ern School of Con­tem­po­rary Dance, Ram­bert School of Ballet and Con­tem­po­rary Dance, and The Brit School amongst oth­ers.

Jonathan Poole, CAT Manager at The Lowry, said: “The urge to dance is in most of us, but it can be dif­fi­cult to know where to start if you think per­form­ing arts might be the ca­reer for you.

“The CAT scheme of­fers young peo­ple from 12-16 the op­por­tu­nity of join­ing us to gain and de­velop skills in dis­ci­plines as var­ied as chore­og­ra­phy and pi­lates, mov­ing on to ex­plore op­por­tu­ni­ties with many of the most fa­mous com­pa­nies in dance and per­for­mance.

“All it takes is com­ing to see us, what­ever your skill level, and giv­ing it a go.”

Or­gan­is­ers are keen to see as many tal­ented pairs of feet for this year’s au­di­tion, help­ing lo­cal young­sters ex­pe­ri­ence sim­i­lar suc­cess by tak­ing a place at the CAT be­fore go­ing on to find a place at top UK or in­ter­na­tional dance schools and con­ser­va­toires.

The judg­ing cri­te­ria are all about po­ten­tial, so pre­vi­ous ex­pe­ri­ence isn’t vi­tal.

Funded by the Depart­ment for Ed­u­ca­tion’s Mu­sic and Dance Scheme, the CAT of­fers up to 14 hours a week of tu­tor­ing and regular chore­o­graphic cour­ses and sum­mer schools.

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●● The Avro Her­itage Mu­seum is be­ing cre­ated on the site of the for­mer Wood­ford Aero­drome

●● Ali­cia Mi­tra from Poyn­ton is aim­ing for a ca­reer in dance

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