Dance Generation graduate Annie K explains why our Centre for Advanced Dance Training programme has helped her blossoming dance career so far…

“I successfully auditioned for CADT when I was 12, and, following 5 years of wonderful training, graduated at 18. I grew up dancing as a hobby at my local dance school, doing many dance styles, including ballet, tap, jazz, ballroom and Latin, and discovered my love for Contemporary after an Easter course at DanceXchange, where I was told about CADT. During my 5 years, I realised that dance doesn’t have to be a hobby and I could do the thing I love for a job! I was fortunate to be part of the 2012, 2014 and 2016 International Dance Festival Birmingham (IDFB), where I performed solo and group pieces in and around the City Centre, including ‘Put Your Foot Down’ (2014 and 2016) and ‘Home’ (2012) around the Bullring. This was an amazing opportunity as we performed in front of thousands of people and got the chance to create work especially for this with inspiring choreographers such as Rosie Kay, John Ross and Avatâra Ayuso. One of the best things about CADT was working with many internationally renowned artists, with a particular favourite being a collaborative piece with the South Asian Strands by Gary Clarke. The opportunity to truly fuse the styles was inspiring and gave me a different perspective, as well as nurturing and developing my understanding and appreciation of dance.

Without CADT, I definitely wouldn’t have had enough experience, knowledge or confidence to audition at London Contemporary Dance School, as CADT challenges you technically, creatively and intellectually. The days are set up in such a way that mimic those in a University so act as the perfect transition to full-time training. The support I received from CADT, especially from subject leader Elisabetta and teaching assistant Anna, has been invaluable for my first year of training at LCDS, and the future.”

If you are interested in finding out more about the Dance Generation Strand of CADT please attend our Open Day on Sunday 14 May 2017