Central School Of Ballet

Central is planning an exciting move to bespoke new premises at Paris Gardens in Southwark, joining London’s flourishing arts community on the South Bank.

We have made significant progress in fundraising towards the specific fit-out required for our new purpose-built home. The new building will become a hub for a dynamic dance community. Providing excellence in dance training for those aiming for a professional career, Paris Gardens will also offer accessible dance classes for all alongside community engagement projects with many chances to see performances.

Over 1200 people use Central’s Herbal Hill facilities each week; it has been our home for over 30 years and whilst much-loved, we have now outgrown the space it can offer. Central will occupy over 3,000 square metres of the Paris Gardens building, almost three times the size of our current home. The new premises will offer state-of-the-art facilities to rival many in the UK, including a fully equipped studio theatre, study and resource centres. There will also be a high tech health suite providing facilities for our highly trained dance students with services in psychology, nutrition, physiotherapy, Pilates and a recovery from injury programme.

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


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