Students and their families are given advice about vocational Schools, Universities and Colleges that specialise in dance nationally and internationally.  Students who are preparing to leave the programme at 16 or 18 years participate in an Audition Tool Kit course – which prepares them for the application and audition process.  Advice and support is readily available for all students to help them identify which higher education programme best meets their needs.

To further give you an insight in to the support and opportunities we offer our graduates, we have invited some of our CAT Alumni Students to give their first hand accounts of the CAT scheme and what they have taken with them into their future careers.
Jamillah ‘Jam' Moore:
I joined The Lowry CAT when I was 15yrs old. Though I had danced before, it was my first taste of pre-professional training in contemporary dance and ballet. The Lowry CAT provided me with excellent training and the ability to be a part of a family of dancers that I have continued working with post-graduation. During my time at CAT I performed at The Royal Opera House, Trinity Laban, The Lowry Theatre and worked with companies such as Phoenix Dance Theatre, Rambert Dance Company, Siobhan Davies Dance Company, and Wayne McGregor Random Dance. After graduating from CAT, I successfully auditioned for the Alvin Ailey School which I attended in Summer 2013.
In September 2014 I was chosen by Akram Khan as one of the members of the National Youth Dance Company. I was also incredibly fortunate to receive the Robert Robson CAT Graduate award, which will allow me to further my training. I will graduate from university in June 2014 with a BA Dual Hons in Psychology & Dance, aged 20, and I'm not sure where I see myself ending up in the future, but I'm determined to make the most of every opportunity I am blessed with.
Jamillah Moore
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Isaac Bowry:
I joined The Lowry CAT in 2010 and graduated in 2012. In those two years, I gained a vast amount of dance technique and knowledge, which was only possible due to the amazing teaching staff. As well as the training, I also had the honour of performing as a CAT student - twice at The Lowry Theatre and once at the Royal Opera House - alongside dancers from The Royal Ballet Company.
After graduation, I continued my classical ballet training at Ballet West in the West Highlands of Scotland. I've done two classical ballet tours of Scotland: The Nutcracker (Herr Drosselmeyer) and Swan Lake (Rothbart). I have also performed twice with Vintage Rambert, alongside Rambert Dance Company. After graduating from Ballet West, I hope to have a career with a ballet company like Scottish Ballet or Northern Ballet Theatre.

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Paige Langley-Shaw:
I joined the CAT scheme, in September 2011. The two years I spent there helped to prepare me physically and emotionally for further full-time training in dance. The scheme trained me in ballet and contemporary styles - It allowed to me to gain stronger technique by working with teachers who went to some of the top dance schools in England. The scheme also gave me many opportunities to perform and create. I was awarded a scholarship to Central School of Ballet summer school, given the opportunity to perform at The Lowry Theatre and The Royal Opera House in London and work with some of the best dance companies.
One to one meetings with my CAT mentor helped guide me to which path to take when thinking of auditions and my future career. Before graduating from CAT I was offered a place at Laban, Bird College and London Studio Centre. I am now training full-time on the BA (Hons) course at London Studio Centre - one of the top four Musical Theatre schools in the UK - studying musical theatre/ contemporary and ballet. Hopefully this will enable me to have a successful career.
I would like to thank CAT for all their support and incredible training that got me to where I am today.
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