Central School Of Ballet

Building work has commenced on the specialised fit-out of Central’s new premises in Southwark in the South Bank arts community following a successful fundraising campaign. Students on Central’s undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes will begin using the new bespoke premises during the academic year 2019/20.

This is a £9million project that involves the full relocation of the school to its new premises including the fit-out of the building. In March 2017 Central announced a campaign to raise £6million to finance the development and now, less than two years later, under £1million is required for the final stages of the Paris Gardens building. Support to date has come from individuals, major Trusts and Foundations and from two loans; £3million from Southwark Council and £600,000 from the Arts Impact Fund. Fundraising continues in earnest to repay the two loans.

The new Paris Gardens premises will feature amenities to rival dance training facilities anywhere in the UK; seven studios, a fully-equipped studio theatre, study and resource centres. The fit-out will include a state-of-the-art health suite providing psychology, nutrition, physiotherapy, Pilates and a recovery-from-injury programme.

Central currently runs a thriving community at its premises in Clerkenwell. Over 1200 people use Central’s facilities each week; from students taking undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in professional dance and performance to children taking their first steps in ballet, and adults using dance to improve fitness and wellbeing. The aim is for the new premises to become a hub for a dynamic dance community; providing excellence in dance training for those aiming for a professional career and programme of opportunities for the local Southwark community including dance classes and performances in the new studio theatre.

We welcome contributions towards the Paris Gardens project from those individuals and organisations interested in supporting our goals. If you would like to know more please contact the Development Team on 020 7837 6332 or email development@csbschool.co.uk.

“Becoming a professional dancer takes talent, but also enormous determination and continuous effort. In the Paris Gardens building
we will be able to provide world-class facilities to match our students’
ambition. We will have space to grow, to nurture creativity at all levels,
to inspire partnerships and to encourage the local community to
experience our passion for dance. The response to our plans has been
enthusiastic and many major donations are already in place or pledged.
We are now accelerating our fundraising activities to finance the
final stage of the development.”
Heidi Hall Director

"This is a momentous time in Central’s history. Their planned move to
Paris Gardens will allow a greater engagement with young people who
don’t currently get access to dance classes, building on their activities
with junior schools in Southwark. This organisation was founded on
the principle that talented young dancers should get the opportunity
to pursue dance as a career independent of financial circumstances or background. The new premises will allow the school to work with local communities to ensure this founding principle is followed."

HRH Countess of Wessex Patron of Central School of Ballet

Film created and directed by Mike Figgis mikefiggis.co.uk

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