Craig Cathcart was born in Sydney and began his Cecchetti training in 1985 with Julianne Allcorn at Spiral Dance Studios. Having completed up to Intermediate level with Honours, Craig was invited to join The Australian Ballet School in 1996. Whilst at the school he performed the role of Kai in the Adelaide premiere season of The Snow Queen and in 1998 he perfromed the Principal roles of Shoemaker and Julian Craster in the return season of The Red Shoes
During his time at The Australian Ballet School, Craig was awarded The Costume Factory Scholarship (1996), The Lucie Saronova Merit Award for a Cecchetti Student (1997) and The BJ Sutton Scholarship (1998). He graduated with Honours in 1998.
Craig joined The Australian Ballet in 1999 and has since performed in many ballets, including Don Quixote, Manon, Graeme Murphy's Nutcracker, Swan Lake and Tivoli, The Merry Widow, Natalie Weir's Mirror Mirror, Giselle, Spartacus, Coppelia and Romeo and Juliet. Craig has also performed Principal roles in Balanchine's The Four Temperaments and Robbins', In the Night.
In 2003 Craig was promoted to Coryphee and in 2004 he was nominated for the Telstra Young Ballet Dancer of the Year Award. He has also been invited to perform as Guest Artist in the 2004 Dancers Company production of Nutcracker.