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.


Lowry CAT graduates are currently furthering their dance training in institutions including the following:




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.

Verity Wright:

I joined the Centre for Advanced Training in Dance at the Lowry in 2011

when I was 12. I’ve also had the privilege to work with companies including Random Dance Company, Akram Khan, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Jasmin Vardimon, Hofesh Schecher, Clod Ensemble, English National Ballet, Jean Abreu, Russell Maliphant, Rambert Dance Company, Ballet Central and Ballet Lorent. Having this experience has allowed me to dance in many different styles and made me a more diverse dancer. 

Over the summer of 2016, I applied via CAT for a unique opportunity to work with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre. I was lucky enough to be successful in the application to this and during the 4 days I was introduced to Horton technique and learnt repertoire from the iconic ‘Revelations’. Not only was I able to experience a new technique, but was given the chance to explore choreography based on blood memories. Through this I learnt about different starting points of dance and experienced first-hand how, through dance, we can explore personal, social, political and ethical subjects which give pieces emotion and power. I am excited to have gained a place at London School of Contemporary Dance and will start a 3 year degree course next September. 

Matthew Rawcliffe:

I joined CAT in 2014 when I was in year 11. I’m really interested

in the creative sessions we do at CAT. My main highlight was getting involved with The Lowry’s commission for Selfridges, which was a short film celebrating local dance artists. Some of my choreography was used for the film which was then displayed in Selfridges which was very exciting. During my final year I worked with artists from Akram Khan Company on our end of year show. In previous years, I have worked with Wayne McGregor, Random Dance and Phoenix Dance Theatre. I also got the oppurtunity to have a national CAT intensive week with the rehearsal director of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre which was an incredible experience. It gave me an authentic chance to learn about the African American Experience and some classic rep, as well as trying new styles like house. I am pursuing dance and planning on going to the Rambert School this September to study Contemporary and Ballet.

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
Third Wave - Image: Paul Mannion


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.

Third Wave - Image: Paul Mannion