Central School Of Ballet


Central School of Ballet was established by Ann Stannard and the late Christopher Gable CBE in 1982. The founders established a school that values the artistic expression in dance, as well as the importance of technique.

Central is the only vocational ballet school to offer a two year Foundation Degree in Professional Dance and Performance, leading to a further year of training to complete a BA (Hons) degree, both accredited by the University of Kent.

Ballet Central

Students on the BA(Hons) degree course join the touring company Ballet Central providing first-hand experience of professional performance for ticket-buying audiences making Central’s graduates particularly employable. Over 80 per cent of students secure contracts and apprenticeships within six months, joining leading international dance companies and musical theatre productions.

Heidi Hall, director and Christopher Marney, artistic director, now lead Central. Both are Central alumni, with Chris being one of the first students to complete the school’s MA Choreography degree.

"A graduate from Central School of Ballet is a valuable asset in any company as they have already experienced life as a professional dancer by touring with Ballet Central. I have had the pleasure of working with many highly talented and individual graduates of Central School of Ballet, indeed, several have played demanding leading roles in my productions with great success." Matthew Bourne, Artistic Director, New Adventures

"I can normally spot a Ballet Central student after just a few minutes working in a studio. They are always professional, they understand how theatre works and they engage physically and (most importantly) verbally in the creative process." Christopher Hampson, Artistic Director, Scottish Ballet

The Conservatoire for Dance and Drama

Central School of Ballet is a member of the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama, a group of world-leading schools delivering education and vocational training in the performing arts. The six member schools are:

Bristol Old Vic Theatre School

Central School of Ballet

London Contemporary Dance School

National Centre for Circus Arts

Northern School of Contemporary Dance

Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance

Widening Participation and Access

Central runs a wide programme of outreach work to encourage and broaden participation in dance. As well as working in schools and offering workshops, Central also runs an Associate School which includes a thriving Junior School, and Prep & Pre-Senior programmes. Central also offers an extensive programme of evening and weekend adult classes for all abilities.

"Central is a catalyst in the profession, producing highly desirable graduates. Central offers choreographers career changing opportunities, with many works commissioned by Central going on to become part of companies repertoire. In summary, Central is essential." Christopher Hampson, Artistic Director, Scottish Ballet

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