Alumni 2018-07-12T17:56:01+00:00
We help to prepare students for careers in dance, giving in depth information about further training and progression routes. Dance4 CAT alumni have gone on to further their dance training at institutions such as Trinity Laban, London Contemporary Dance School, Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Bird College, Tring and Royal Conservatoire Antwerp.

Many of the Dance4 graduates have gone on to have professional careers with companies such as Tavaziva Dance Company, Luca Silvestrini’s Protein Dance, 2Faced Dance Company, Company Thor and Cullbergballeten Dance Company.

Here is a selection of stories from some of our alumni:

Beth Gardiner

Dance4 Alumni

Beth Gardiner

Beth joined the Dance4 CAT programme in 2013 and completed her training with us in July 2016. Beth featured in our Changing Perceptions Research project, performed with Dance4 on the National Lottery Live and also featured in a short film by People Dancing as well as their photography project 11 Million Reasons. Beth successfully auditioned for the National Youth Dance Company and is now in her third year collaborating and touring with the company. ITV Central News recently interviewed Beth about her dancing career.

Heather Birley

Dance4 Alumni

Heather Birley

Heather joined the Dance4 CAT in 2011 and then continued her training full time at London Contemporary Dance School in 2014. At the end of the second year Heather was awarded the Cohan Scholarship. Heather completed her training at London Contemporary Dance School in 2017 and is currently living in Stockholm, Sweden where she joined the Cullbergballeten Dance Company as an apprentice dancer. “CAT is where I was first introduced to contemporary dance. I experienced many pivotal moments whilst on the CAT scheme and continue to be influenced by my time on the program. CAT enabled me to meet like-minded people with similar interests and passion, I keep in contact with many of the friends I made at CAT and have gone onto train and work with a lot of them.”

Josh Attwood

Dance4 Alumni

Josh Attwood

Josh joined Dance4 CAT in its pilot year in 2009, aged just 12. Josh had a very successful time with us, featuring in our Changing Perceptions project and gaining a place with the National Youth Dance Company in 2013. After Josh completed CAT he continued his full-time training at London Contemporary Dance School in 2015. At the end of his first year Josh was awarded the Peggy Hawkins Scholarship. Josh was selected to take part in the BBC Young Dancer of the Year 2017. He was one of five finalists in the Contemporary Category that was broadcast on BBC Four in April 2017. You can see Josh perform his second solo for a place in the Grand Final here. Josh has recently secured a place with Rambert 2, a new ensemble of 13 dancers formed by Rambert Dance Company.

Ruben Brown

Dance4 Alumni

Ruben Brown

Ruben Brown joined the Dance4 CAT programme from the age of 12 and completed his training with us in 2014. He went on to train full time at London Contemporary Dance School and graduated in July 2017. Since graduating Ruben performed for Frauke Requardt & David Rosenberg in their production DeadClub and he has recently joined Thierry Smits’ Compagnie Thor in Brussels as a company dancer. Paul Russ, Artistic Director and CEO at Dance4, said of Ruben’s success “Compagnie Thor is a major largescale company, knowing them and Ruben it is a wonderful fit”. Ruben: “I think the most important thing that the CAT scheme taught me was to embrace all experiences and opportunities! I was lucky enough to work with such a variety of different artists whilst on the scheme at Dance4 that I am open to a lot of different work. “My advice for those at the start of their training would be: be open to new experiences and ways of working! Stay true to your originality as an artist and try not be too critical of yourself, diversity is what makes our profession so great.”