Central School Of Ballet

Central to hold auditions in Tokyo, Japan

Friday 17th January 2020 Leona Hayhoe writes:

Central will once again travel to Tokyo, Japan to hold auditions for the three-year degree programme.

Artistic Director Christopher Marney and 1st Year Boys Tutor Christopher Hinton-Lewis will audition the hopeful dancers on February 8th and 9th.

Central has a long history of recruiting excellent students from Japan and have welcomed many Japanese dancers through its doors over the years.

Any dancers selected will join us for the academic year 2020/21 to study for a two-year Foundation Degree in Professional Dance and Performance, followed by a further year of training to complete a BA (Hons) Degree, both accredited by the University of Kent.

“Japanese student dancers show enormous commitment to training, work hard and are focused on achievement. These are qualities, along with the required talent, that are the pre-requisites for a career as a professional dancer. Central has been recruiting directly from Japan for nearly 30 years and interest continues to grow. We visit Japan every year and run master classes in ballet and contemporary dance with local dance schools in Japan so that potential students can learn about what we have to offer at Central and where our training may lead for future employment.” Christopher Marney, Artistic Director.

For further details (in Japanese), see the event page for the auditions here.

For any inquiries about the Japan auditions, please use the following contact form https://thewells.co.jp/contact

For details of our UK auditions, please see here.

Second year Central School of Ballet students perform at Northern Ballet’s 50th anniversary gala

Tuesday 7th January 2020 Leona Hayhoe writes:

Two Central School of Ballet students were invited to perform at Northern Ballet’s 50th anniversary gala on 4th January.

Matteo Zecca and Ellise de Andrade performed the enchanting Fireside Pas de Deux from Christopher Gable’s Cinderella, originally choreographed for Northern Ballet during his time as Artistic Director.

Central School of Ballet was the only school invited to perform alongside premier dance companies such as The Royal Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet, English National Ballet, Scottish Ballet, The Joffrey Ballet and Phoenix Dance Theatre.

The evening also paid tribute to Central’s founder Christopher Gable, who served as Artistic Director to Northern Ballet for over ten years. Christopher’s wife Carole attended the gala with his long-time collaborator and friend, composer Philip Feeney. In a pre-recorded video shown during the gala, Carole spoke about Christopher’s life and legacy and the role he had in shaping Northern Ballet into the leading company it is today.

“Artistic Director David Nixon celebrated the influence of Northern Ballet on the dance industry on Saturday night. He highlighted the contribution of both Christopher Gable and Philip Feeney to the success of the company. Performing alongside world class dancers is an experience our students will never forget. We are grateful to David for this unique opportunity and for his continued support of Central in his capacity as Artistic Advisor to the school." Heidi Hall, Director of Central School of Ballet.

Company Manager Job Opening

Thursday 2nd January 2020 Leona Hayhoe writes:

Central is looking for a new Company Manager.

We are looking to recruit an experienced Company Manager to work on the Ballet Central national tour.

Responsibilities include assisting in all aspects of the planning and smooth running of the Ballet Central Tour, supporting the Artistic Director and working with the Ballet Central Rehearsal Coach to deliver a quality and cost-effective tour as part of the BA (Hons) Professional Dance & Performance programme.

For further information and an application form, please visit the recruitment page on our website.

Application closing date: Sunday 12 January 2020

Interviews: Week of 20 January 2020

Central School of Ballet students set to dazzle in English National Ballet’s Nutcracker this Christmas

Wednesday 11th December 2019 Leona Hayhoe writes:

Two Central School of Ballet students will appear in the English National Ballet’s production of the Nutcracker at the London Coliseum this Christmas.

Third year students Karya Duru and Emily Pohl will dance in iconic scenes such as the Russian dance and the Waltz of the Snowflakes in this classic Christmas ballet.

Karya and Emily are currently in the third year of their BA (Hons) Degree in Professional Dance and Performance. As part of their degree, third year students form a touring company, Ballet Central, and often take on other professional commitments. This helps to prepare them for future employment in the dance industry.

Book tickets to see English National Ballet’s production of the Nutcracker at the London Coliseum from 11 December to 5 January here. For more details about our accredited degree programme, please see here.

Thank you for supporting Central School of Ballet students in The Big Give Christmas Challenge 2019.

Tuesday 10th December 2019 Leona Hayhoe writes:

Together we raised an outstanding £20,895 online (including match-funding) plus £2,360 in Gift Aid.

Central sends its heartfelt thanks for every donation we received. Your support is changing lives for students in need. By hitting our target, 10 aspiring dancers in our Associate School (Preps and Pre-Seniors) will receive bursaries of £500 towards the costs of preparing for vocational training – and 6 talented undergraduates will receive bursaries of £2,500 towards the costs of vocational training. We cannot thank you enough for embracing the Christmas Challenge with such enthusiasm.

Central also wants to thank everyone who worked hard behind the scenes, promoting our Campaign and encouraging your friends, colleagues and wider networks to support us. It is thanks to your dedication that we can turn amazing opportunities like The Big Give Christmas Challenge into such a success and ensure that the most talented young dancers can thrive at Central regardless of their financial circumstances.

2019 graduate, Alexander Fadayiro, asks you to donate to Central’s Big Give campaign

Thursday 5th December 2019 Leona Hayhoe writes:

Currently an Apprentice Artist with Ballet Black, Alexander graduated earlier this year and benefitted from a bursary during his time at Central.

Alexander was born in Kingston-Upon-Thames and quickly discovered a passion for dance. He joined Central on our undergraduate programme and had the opportunity to dance with some of the world’s most renowned dance companies. For example, he became a Student Associate in 2018/19 for Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake before graduating in July 2019 and joining Ballet Black.

During his undergraduate, Alexander was awarded a bursary to assist him financially. Coming from a single parent household, this helped to relieve the financial burden from his mother who has supported his dance career from an early age.

Any young person with the talent and determination to succeed in the dance industry deserves the chance to attend the best schools and receiving an outstanding dance education, regardless of financial limitations. Donate at the Big Give to double your donation and help us fund bursaries for more students like Alexander.

Get the word out. Can you help raise awareness of our Christmas Challenge campaign? Central would love to hear from you if you would like to share our campaign with your colleagues, friends and wider networks. Why not put up a poster, share our flyer, and support our social media campaign [Facebook, Twitter, Instagram]?

Previous Central student, Andrei Iliescu (2015 graduate), encourages supporters to donate to the Big Give

Wednesday 4th December 2019 Leona Hayhoe writes:

Now a performer in the West End production of Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre, a bursary helped to kick start Andrei’s dance career.

Born in Romania, Andrei started dancing at 11 and after winning his first major competition moved to Bucharest to further his dance career. At 17, he competed in the prestigious ballet competition ‘Prix de Lausanne’ in Switzerland. Following his success at the competition, he was awarded a full scholarship to attend Central School of Ballet.

While his tuition was paid for by the scholarship, Andrei found the cost of living in London to be expensive for a young student living away from his family. Receiving a bursary in his third year enabled Andrei to stop worrying about how he was going to pay his rent and instead focus on his studies.

Donating to Central during the Big Give would allow us to fund six more bursaries of £2,500 each for undergraduates studying towards our BA (Hons) in Professional Dance and Performance. This would allow more students like Andrei to study at an internationally renowned school without the worry of financial burdens limiting their training.

Click here to donate at the Big Give and whatever you decide to give, please know it will be truly appreciated and will make a practical difference to a student in need.

Get the word out. Can you help raise awareness of our Christmas Challenge campaign? Central would love to hear from you if you would like to share our campaign with your colleagues, friends and wider networks. Why not put up a poster, share our flyer, and support our social media campaign [Facebook, Twitter, Instagram]?

The Big Give Christmas Challenge is now live

Tuesday 3rd December 2019 Leona Hayhoe writes:

The Big Give Christmas Challenge is now live

Donate now at The Big Give to help change the lives of Central students in need.

Central School of Ballet is raising vital funding for hardship bursaries through The Big Give Christmas Challenge. This is a life-changing opportunity; all donations made through The Big Give will be doubled with twice the impact for our students.

Bursaries change lives

Our students say it best: “Bursary support allowed me to dedicate myself to my art-form, focus on my career as a dancer and put my energy towards my goals. Without the burden of financial stress, I can flourish and become the best artist I can be.” Central Student (Ladies).

Central saw the potential in us… will you?

Double your donation with The Big Give Christmas Challenge. The Big Give welcomes donations of all sizes from £5 to £5,000. Donate the amount of your choosing or support one of the examples below.

• £2,500 could fund a vital bursary for one undergraduate in need

• £500 could fund a vital bursary for one Associate School Preps/Pre-Senior pupil in need

• £100 could help one undergraduate purchase compulsory uniform for daily dance classes

• £45 could purchase a pair of pointe shoes/£25 could purchase a pair of dance shoes to help a student thrive in their training.

Whatever you decide to give, please know it will be truly appreciated and will make a practical difference to a student in need.

Thank you for supporting Central students

Central sends its heartfelt thanks for your continued support, commitment and enthusiasm. Together we can make the 2019 Christmas Challenge our best yet and change the lives of Central students in need.

Do keep in touch with Central’s progress in The Big Give on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and help us get the word out to your colleagues, friends and wider networks.

Coming soon: The Big Give Christmas Challenge 2019

Friday 29th November 2019 Leona Hayhoe writes:

Coming soon: The Big Give Christmas Challenge 2019

Get ready to double your donation when the Challenge goes live: midday Tuesday 03 December to midday Tuesday 10 December.

This year, Central School of Ballet is delighted to announce that we are taking part in the Big Give Christmas Challenge to raise vital funding for hardship bursaries for students in need.

This is a life-changing opportunity: all donations made through The Big Give, whilst the Challenge is live, will be doubled - with twice the impact for our students.

Bursaries help Central students in need to fund the cost of living and training in London. Central has a high percentage of students from lower income families, so bursaries help ensure access and equality, and challenge the perception of elitism in dance.

Central needs to raise £10,000 in The Big Give which, if we are successful, would be doubled to an amazing £20,000. This would fund 10 bursaries of £500 to help aspiring dancers prepare for vocational training in our Associate School (Preps and Pre-Seniors) and six bursaries of £2,500 for undergraduates studying towards our BA (Hons) in Professional Dance and Performance.

Get ready to show your support for Central students and double your donation when The Big Give goes live. Donations can be made anytime from midday Tuesday 03 December to midday Tuesday 10 December.

Get the word out. Can you help raise awareness of our Christmas Challenge campaign? Central would love to hear from you if you would like to share our campaign with your colleagues, friends and wider networks. Why not put up a poster, share our flyer, and support our social media campaign on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram?

Central alumnus shortlisted for National Dance Awards

Thursday 28th November 2019 Leona Hayhoe writes:

Central alumnus shortlisted for National Dance Awards

Central School of Ballet is pleased to share that alumnus Mthuthuzeli November has recently been shortlisted for the ‘Emerging Artist Award’ at the National Dance Awards.

Mthuthuzeli November joined Central in 2015 from the Cape Academy of Performing Arts (CAPA) to perform with our touring company Ballet Central. Upon leaving Central, he joined Ballet Black as an Apprentice Artist from September 2015 where he has continued to grow and thrive as an artist and choreographer.

The National Dance Awards are organised by the Dance Section of the Critics’ Circle as an annual event to celebrate the excellence and variety of Britain’s dance industry. The awards are decided by the Dance Section of the Critics’ Circle, which consists of over 60 dance writers and critics.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony in London on Wednesday 19th February 2020.

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