Central School Of Ballet

Central’s Musical Director nominated In 2018 National Dance Awards

Tuesday 11th December 2018 Isabel Campbell writes:

Philip Feeney, Central’s Musical Director has been nominated in the category of Outstanding Creative Contribution in the 2018 National Dance Awards.

Philip has been working with Central for 35 years, and has composed over forty scores for Ballet Central during this time. Philip has also collaborated with many companies including Northern Ballet, the Martha Graham Company, Birmingham Royal Ballet and Rambert and numerous internationally recognised choreographers including Michael Pink, David Nixon and Christopher Gable, with his works being having been performed extensively worldwide.

Christopher Marney, Central’s Artistic Director said “Having a highly acclaimed composer as part of the Ballet Central team, who understands and supports our artistic endeavours contributes enormously to our success as a dance company.”

The National Dance Awards take place annually and are organised by the Dance Section of the Critics’ Circle. In their 19th year, they “celebrate the vigour and variety of Britain’s thriving dance culture.”. They are presented by the Dance Section of the Critics’ Circle, which brings together over 60 dance writers and critics. They are the only awards given by the body of professional dance critics in the UK. The winners will be announced at a lunchtime ceremony to be held in Central London on Monday, 18th February 2019.

USA auditions and workshops announced

Thursday 6th December 2018 Isabel Campbell writes:

Following successful auditions in New York City in February 2018, Central will again stage auditions and workshops in New York City, on March 3 2019.

Auditions are for entry in September 2019 onto Central's Foundation degree programme in Professional Dance and Performance, accredited by the University of Kent.

The auditions and workshops will be held on Sunday 3 March 2019 at: The Ailey Studios, The Joan Weill Center for Dance,405 W 55th Street, at 9th Avenue, New York, NY 10019.

The day will include a workshop led by Central's tutors, including Ballet Central's Artistic Director, Christopher Marney, former principal dancer with Matthew Bourne's New Adventures

For further information and to apply, see here.

Ballet Central collaborates with British Museum

Thursday 6th December 2018 Ballet Central collaborates with British Museum writes:

Ballet Central has collaborated with the British Museum on a series of unique festive events for their members. Over the course of this week Ballet Central are performing 6 sold-out shows of their 45 minute adaptation of the Nutcracker.

Guests are invited to a drinks reception in the Egyptian Sculpture room before going through to watch Ballet Central perform in the Great Court.

It has been a wonderful opportunity to broaden Ballet Central's audience and for the dancers to gain further professional performance experience in a unique setting, ahead of their sold-out run of performances at the ADC Theatre in Cambridge next week.

Photo by Kristyna Kashvili

Thank you for supporting Central in The Big Give Christmas Challenge 2018

Wednesday 5th December 2018 Isabel Campbell writes:

Thank you so much for supporting Central in The Big Give Christmas Challenge 2018. Together we exceeded our target and raised an outstanding £23,704 (including match-funding and Gift Aid).

We cannot thank our supporters enough for embracing the Christmas Challenge with such enthusiasm and send our heartfelt thanks for every donation received.

We also want to thank everyone who worked hard behind the scenes, promoting Central and The Big Give, raising the profile of the challenge, and encouraging your friends and networks to support us. It is thanks to this incredible commitment that we can turn amazing opportunities like The Big Give Christmas Challenge into such a success.

Artists inspired by Ballet Central dancers

Thursday 29th November 2018 Isabel Campbell writes:

On Thursday morning Ballet Central dancers performed at the Mall Galleries monthly Coffee Morning.for Art Lovers.

It was a fantastic opportunity for the public to come and see Central dancers in Nutcracker costumes, who inspired the audience to create art of their own.

Surrounded by the paintings of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters Annual Exhibition, the dancers performed barre work and centre practice, led by Central ballet tutor, Julia Ellis.

It is the second time Central has collaborated with the Mall Galleries, and we look forward to working together in the future.

This event served as wonderful experience for the dancers ahead of the Ballet Central Nutcracker performances at the British Museum next week.

DONATE NOW: The Big Give Christmas Challenge is now live and Central needs you!

Tuesday 27th November 2018 Isabel Campbell writes:

Central is raising vital funds for our move to a new home on the South Bank. We need to raise £10,000 towards purchasing and installing specialist seating in our new studio theatre, which if successful would be doubled to an outstanding £20,000.

Please support Central's festive campaign - donate now and double your donation at The Big Give. Donations can be made anytime from midday 27 November up until midday 04 December.

Please help Central raise awareness of the Big Give and reach as many people as possible. If you are interested in sharing our campaign with your work colleagues and/or personal contacts, please get in touch with the Development Team.

Thank you for supporting Central this Christmas

Central sends its heartfelt thanks to all our supporters for their commitment and enthusiasm. We look forward to making the 2018 Christmas Challenge a success, and deliver long-lasting benefits for generations of Central students, the wider arts and culture community, and our new neighbours – the local community in Southwark. Do keep in touch with Central’s progress in The Big Give via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and on Central’s website.

Central alumni cast in Matthew Bourne's 'Romeo and Juliet'

Wednesday 21st November 2018 Isabel Campbell writes:

Central is pleased to announce that nine Central alumni and students have been cast in Matthew Bourne's New Adventure's Romeo and Juliet.

The cast includes 2018 graduate Natasha Chu and current third year student, Student Associate, Alexander Fadayiro. The other alumni cast are; Reece Causton, Kate Lyons, Andrew Monaghan, Stephen Murray, Danny Reubens, Mark Samaras and Seren Williams.

"Matthew Bourne’s Romeo and Juliet is a passionate and contemporary re-imagining of Shakespeare’s classic love story. Confined against their will by a society that seeks to divide, our two young lovers must follow their hearts as they risk everything to be together.."

Romeo and Juliet is New Adventures' first new production since Red Shoes in 2016. The show will tour across the UK from 13 May- 20 October 2019. For a full list of tour dates and to book tickets, go the New Adventures website.

Save the date and spread the word!

Tuesday 20th November 2018 Isabel Campbell writes:

Double your donation through The Big Give Christmas Challenge 2018 from midday Tuesday 27 November until midday Tuesday 04 December

Central is taking part in The Big Give Christmas Challenge 2018 to raise vital funds for our move to our new home on the South Bank. We need to raise £10,000 to purchase and install specialist seating in our new studio theatre which, if successful, would be doubled to an outstanding £20,000*.

How you can help us

Save the Date. Can you give Central a gift this Christmas? Get ready to double your donation when The Big Give Christmas challenge opens on #GivingTuesday. Donations can be made anytime from midday 27 November up until midday 04 December through the Big Give website.

Get the word out. Can you help Central raise awareness of the Big Give and reach as many people as possible? Central would love to hear from you if you are interested in sharing our campaign with your work colleagues and/or personal contacts. Why not put up a poster, share our flyer or support our social media campaign (via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram?

*The total cost to purchase and install the seating is currently estimated at £30,720 meaning that Central needs to raise a further £10,720 on top of our Big Give target to complete the project. All our Christmases would come at once were we able to exceed our target and raise the full amount of funding.

Ballet Central dancers dazzle Cambridge crowds

Monday 19th November 2018 Isabel Campbell writes:

On Sunday five Ballet Central dancers performed at the Cambridge Big Switch-On.The dancers dazzled the crowd in their light-up costumes as they performed a uniquely choreographed piece by Jenna Lee.

The annual Big Switch-On event, organised by Cambrdidge BID and sponsored by Cambridge Independent, kicks off the Christmas season in the city centre.

The afternoon included a lively line-up of Christmas entertainment from local schools, performing arts groups, choirs and singers.

In just a few weeks the Ballet Central dancers will be returning to Cambridge to perform their adaptation of the Nutcracker at the ADC Theatre. All tickets for the 9 performances between 13-15 December are just £10.

Book now to avoid disappointment on www.adctheatre.com or call the Box Office on 01223 300085.

Central dancers shortlisted for BBC Young Dancer

Friday 9th November 2018 Isabel Campbell writes:

Central is pleased to share that two second year students, Emily Pohl and Keiko Tsuchiya have been shortlisted for the BBC Young Dancer 2019 Competition. All at Central are committed to supporting the dancers in this competition as they fit in additional coaching around their degree curriculum.

The BBC Young Dancer competition was first held in 2015 and is a biannual event. Dancers enter through submitting an application form alongside a video, and are then shortlisted.

Central students Emily and Keiko will attend the second round of the competition on 13 December at Lilian Baylis Studio at Sadler's Wells, where they will both perform their prepared works, both in the classical ballet category.

After this round there are Category Finals in March 2019, with the Grand Final at Birmingham Hippodrome in May 2019, which will also be broadcast on BBC Two.

The winner of the competition will be awarded the title of BBC Young Dancer 2019, a prize of £3000 to help support and further their dance studies and a specially-commissioned trophy.

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