Dancer’s dream is a step closer
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