Kaia Goodenough, former DanceEast student, returns as choreographer in anniversary year.
By Andrew Clarke
DanceEast’s region-wide Centre For Advanced Training is celebrating its 10th anniversary. Arts editor Andrew Clarke spoke to an ex-student Kaia Goodenough who has come full circle and returned to DanceEast as a professional choreographer.
East Anglia has a stunning reputation for supplying top flight dancers and choreographers to some of the world’s leading dance companies. Gary Avis, Helen Crawford and Liam Scarlett are all currently working with the Royal Ballet at Covent Garden, James Muller is a member of the Richard Alston Dance Company, Flora Wellesley Wesley dances and choreographs with her own company Nora while Kanika Carr spent several years dancing with Ballet Black before joining the dance casts of several West End shows, including The Lion King.
And, it’s not just ballet or contemporary dance Robin Windsor has made a name for himself in the competitive world of ballroom dancing becoming a regular on the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing and in the West End dance show Burn The Floor.
Having DanceEast on the Ipswich Waterfront provides a valuable support structure and a way of nurturing young talent. This year sees DanceEast celebrate ten years of their Centre for Advanced Training (CAT) scheme and the appointment of Kaia Goodenough, one of the first graduates of the scheme, as a new associate artist at DanceEast, illustrates that, with talent and hard work, it is possible to realise your dream and find work in the highly competitive dance world.