CAT Alumni

Students from our Centre of Advanced Training have gone on to earn places at these prestigious vocational schools and win contracts with these professional companies.

Vocational Schools

Royal Ballet Upper School

English National Ballet School

The School of the Hamburg Ballet

Canada’s National Ballet School

Elmhurst School for Dance

Central School of Ballet

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance

Northern Ballet School

Laine Theatre Arts Bird College

Professional Contracts

The Royal Ballet

Birmingham Royal Ballet

Northern Ballet

The National Ballet of Canada

The Hamburg Ballet

Phoenix Dance Theatre

Ballet Black

CATS the Musical (West End)

Lion King (West End)

Thriller Live National Tour

A message from Charlotte Tonkinson, now the Aud Jebson Young Dancer at Royal Ballet.

My name is Charlotte Tonkinson. As my journey as a professional dancer with The Royal Ballet begins I can reflect on what I thought was only ever a dream as I was growing up and training. My journey to this point would never have been possible without the intense but enjoyable training I recieved as part of the CAT programme. It is the closest thing to full-time vocational training available to aspiring dancers. For me to have the opportunity to be part of this process whilst still growing up and living at home was as close to perfect as you can get!

What I have achieved so far as a dancer and the way in which I have grown as a person is thanks to me training as well as incredible support from my family. I am very grateful to Yoko Ichino for giving me this opportunity at the age of 11.

One final thank you to all the staff for their support throughout the programme, through graduation and up to me joining the Royal Ballet Upper School. I trained at the Upper School for a period of three years where I was able to consolidate and develop my training and mature into the dancer I am today.

The CAT programme and Yoko's training provided me with a strong classical foundation which has been essential to enable me to achieve my dream of becoming a professional ballet dancer.

Tim Dutson, former CAT student
Mon 25 Nov 2019
Mon 11 Nov 2019
Mon 8 Jul 2019
The CAT programme has been an amazing experience for me, to have such intensive training without moving away to ballet school…