Central Announces Return of Boys Ballet Classes

Central School of Ballet’s Junior School has long provided exceptional standards of ballet tuition for children of all abilities. The School emphasises an open and inclusive community ethos and aims to provide an introduction to ballet for children from all backgrounds. Widening the participation of underrepresented groups in dance is a key focus for the Junior School, which includes increasing the number of young boys taking up dance both as a hobby and vocationally.

This September Central will bring back its popular boy’s ballet classes giving boys aged 8 – 18 the opportunity to discover a new skill or improve ballet technique for those with previous dance experience. The classes will run every Wednesday evening during term time and will be led by Central’s Junior School teacher, Philip Page.

Philip Page has a wealth of experience in performing and teaching dance around the world. Philip trained at Arts Educational School and English National Ballet School before working with English National Ballet and Scottish Ballet. Philip went on to dance with many international productions and TV shows as well as modelling and teaching summer schools in various dance institutions. In 2011 Philip gained his Professional Dance Teaching Diploma with the Royal Academy of Dance and then began teaching with The Urdang Academy and Italia Conti Academy. Philip currently teaches for Urdang, the Royal Academy of Dance, Central School of Ballet and the Royal Opera House.

“Dedicated boy’s ballet classes give boys the chance to explore a new skill in a safe space. These classes are important to Central not only in inspiring the next generation of male professional dancers but also to work towards our goal of widening participation in dance at all levels. We hope to see boys from every different background joining us in the studio this year to discover the joys of dance.” – Jo Hurst, Associate School and Short Courses Manager