Annie Cater, Apprentice Dance Artist at Déda

"I first became involved with Déda when I performed at Interface 2011; at the time I was studying A-level dance at Brookfield Community School in Chesterfield. I then went on to achieve my BA Honours Degree in Dance Practices at Liverpool John Moore’s University. After I moved back home to Derbyshire I was keen to remain in the dance industry which is why I contacted Déda!

I started supporting classes on a Saturday morning starting in September 2014, since then I have helped support Leapers, Hip-Hop Kids 1 and Hip-Hop Kids 2. Starting this term, I am about to help support Aerial classes as well which is very exciting as I have never done aerial before. I love the variety of classes I help support and I have learnt a lot about teaching and myself as an artist throughout my time so far at Déda.

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Since being with Déda I have also had the pleasure of covering classes, which I was thrilled about and I feel this helped increase my confidence when teaching and helped me to recognise what I want to do in the future. In March this year I was invited to help support Interface15 which was a great experience. I feel as though I was greatly appreciated and it helped me network myself as an artist in the industry. It was great to meet new people with the same interests and see younger people in the position that I was in a few years ago.

My plans for the future are unsure at the minute but I do wish to stay at Déda as long as possible, I am keen to remain in the dance industry and encourage others to dance as well!"

If you are interested in supporting classes at Déda and working as an Apprentice Dance Artist, please email Katherine Wilkins at k.wilkins@deda.uk.com or call 01332 374671

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