Central School Of Ballet

Central students participate in Prix de Lausanne Choreography Project

Friday 8th February 2019 Isabel Campbell writes:

This week two third year students and Ballet Central dancers Lewis Bondu and Mai Ito are participating in the Prix de Lausanne Choreographic project, alongside 24 other young dancers, all from partner schools of the Prix de Lausanne.

The group of 26 dancers are working with Dutch choreographer Didy Veldman in Lausanne to create a new piece, Is to Be. The dancers will perform this work during the interlude at the final on Saturday 9th February, as a world premiere.

Learn more about the project on the Prix de Lausanne website.

Central collaborates with University of Exeter on research project in bone density

Wednesday 6th February 2019 Anita Hamilton writes:

Central’s students took part in a research project last year in collaboration with the University of Exeter. The in-house lead was Anna Brodrick, Central’s Head of Medical and Wellbeing Department. The research looked at bone density and Vitamin D levels in 50 male and female dancers over a period of four months.

Anna explains: “The research is interesting because dancers, unlike many other types of athletes, train mostly indoors and so don’t get the benefit of Vitamin D from sunlight. We found that bone density within the heel bone in female dancers is higher than a non-exercising population of young people of similar age, but that this not the case in males”.

Anna has been working closely with Dr Jon Rees, Consultant in Rheumatology, Sport and Exercise Medicine, and as a result they are implementing a vitamin D strategy over the winter months to combat injuries related to deficiencies. Anna continues: “More research is needed within the dance population but the results are exciting and will help initiate strategies for preventing injuries”

Ballet Central dancers attend workshops at the National Centre for Circus Arts

Tuesday 5th February 2019 Isabel Campbell writes:

This week Ballet Central dancers are attending workshops at the National Centre for Circus Arts, a fellow affiliate member of the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama..

The students are attending both unicycle and hulahoop workshops, as part of their preparations for Carousel Dances, by Christopher Marney, which will be performed on the 2019 Ballet Central tour.

The Ballet Central 2019 tour will commence at Stratford Circus Arts Centre on 28 March 2019.The tour will then visit 20 venues across England. Click here for the full list of tour dates and to book tickets.

Central students to perform with Chelmsford Ballet Company

Monday 4th February 2019 Isabel Campbell writes:

Two third year students and Ballet Central dancers, Oliver Harrison and Thomas Varney, will be performing in The Chelmsford Ballet Company Official production of A Midsummer Night's Dream 20-23 March at Chelmsford Civic Theatre.

Performing in the roles of Demetrius and Lysander, they will join the company in celebrating its 70th anniversary!

Book tickets on the Civic Theatre website here.

These performances will take place in advance of Ballet Central's annual performance at Chelmsford Civic Theatre on 3rd May. Tickets for this performance can be booked here.

Oliver and Thomas follow a rich and wonderful history of Central alumni who have also performed with the company. These include Christopher Marney, Ballet Central Artistic Director and previously a dancer with Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures; Andrei Iliescu, performing in 'The Phantom of the Opera'; dancer and choreographer Richard Bermange; James Parratt, previously with Ballet Cymru and New English Ballet Theatre; and Jasmine Wallis, dancing with Vienna Festival Ballet.

Central students perform with Yorke Dance Project

Thursday 31st January 2019 Isabel Campbell writes:

Seven 2nd year Central students are performing with Yorke Dance Project in a revival of Kenneth MacMillan's 'Playground', part of their TWENTY Anniversary Programme, which celebrates 20 years of performing inspiring dance by past masters and emerging artists from the UK and USA.

Following workshops held at Central last term led by Yolande Yorke-Edgell, seven Central students were selected to take part in this project. Since December the students have been working with the company, alongside original cast members on the restaging of Kenneth MacMillan's 'Playground'.

Central students together with students from Rambert School will form the 'chorus' in the work.

Opening 31st January in Bournemouth at the Pavilion Dance South West and then touring to venues across England, the tour will culminate at the Clore Studio Royal Opera House in May!

For further information and tour dates visit the Yorke Dance Project website.

Coming up - Central's Prep & Pre-Senior Open Day

Monday 28th January 2019 Isabel Campbell writes:

The Open Day for Central's Prep and Pre-Senior programme is taking place on Saturday 9 February.

The Prep and Pre-Senior programme is for aspiring dancers aged 11-16 years and prepares students for a career in the performing arts. This programme of classes takes place on Saturdays during term-time and is designed to complement students regular training.

Learn more more about the programme and register for the Open Day now here.

Central students perform in English National Ballet's 'Manon'

Thursday 17th January 2019 Isabel Campbell writes:

Four second year Central students; Olivia, Karya, Erin & Jessica are appearing in English National Ballet's 'Manon' this week in London.

They will be performing the roles of beggars during the run of shows this week at the Coliseum.

This is a wonderful opportunity for the students to gain professional performance experience, and all at Central wish them the best for their upcoming performances.

Student Erin says "Taking company class alongside the professional dancers has been a great privilege. I have particularly enjoyed the sense of unity amongst the cast during the rehearsals, and it has been so fun to embody a character and the story with the whole company. I have learned how every role in a production contributes significantly to the telling of the story."

Ballet Central announces 2019 international tour

Tuesday 15th January 2019 Isabel Campbell writes:

Central's renowned graduate performing company Ballet Central will commence its annual tour at the Stratford Circus Arts Centre, London, on Thursday 28th March 2019. Under the artistic direction of Christopher Marney, Ballet Central’s diverse range of dance and theatre will perform in 20 venues across England over a five month period and will go on to perform in Tokyo, Japan. Click here for the schedule of tour dates.

This season’s repertoire delivers an exciting performance of theatricality, technical excellence and drama choreographed by top dance industry influencers, with stunning costumes enhanced by powerful music. The repertoire includes; Christopher Marney’s 'Carousel Dances', a unique version of the 'Dying Swan Solo' created by Calvin Richardson, an extract from Frederick Ashton’s acclaimed 'Valses Nobles et Sentimentales' and Kenneth MacMillan’s 'House of Birds'. Ballet Central also presents Jasmin Vardimon’s '(in between)', a physical contemporary work. And for the first time, Ballet Central is collaborating with Thiago Soares, principal dancer with the Royal Ballet, who has created a new work with Ballet Central’s young dancers which will be premiered in London at a series of performances at the Bloomsbury Theatre in July.

Christopher Marney, Artistic Director of Ballet Central comments: "Audience attendance for last year’s Ballet Central tour was higher than ever. The exciting repertoire brought by these influential choreographers not only entertains our audiences, but also ensures our talented young dancers secure employment with leading dance companies and musical theatre productions worldwide.”

Central launches new prospectus

Monday 7th January 2019 Isabel Campbell writes:

As the new year begins, Central is pleased to launch our new prospectus which covers the training offered on the undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes, for people aiming for a career in the dance industry.

Applications for the BA hons degree programme in Professional Dance and Performance, September 2019 entry are now open. Preliminary auditions are being held on: Sunday 10 February in London at Central School of Ballet, Sunday 17 February in Leeds at Northern Ballet, and on 3 March in New York City, USA at the Alvin Ailey Studios. For further information about the degree programme and how to apply and attend an audition visit the Central Seniors page.

Final auditions will take place in London at Central School of Ballet on Sunday 24 March 2019.

Sarah Wildor leads workshops at Central

Wednesday 19th December 2018 Isabel Campbell writes:

Sarah Wildor, former principal dancer with the Royal Ballet has been working with Central's second year students throughout the autumn term as part of the Dance Studies programme.

During these sessions the students have had the opportunity to develop their knowledge of key dance practitioners. Through practical workshops they have developed their understanding of stylistic and historical contextual differences between a variety of choreographers. Sarah has been working with the students to develop their understanding of how to express meaning and emotion through performance.

The workshops in the final week of term were the culmination of this work which was observed by members of Central’s artistic staff and first year students.

Iryna Pyzniuk, Head of Studies at Central said "It was inspiring to observe Sarah sharing her expertise, skilfully drawing out the motivation and intention behind movement. For the students it has been incredibly valuable to learn from Sarah’s experience and clarity of teaching which also supports Central’s vision, to nurture dancers who communicate."

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