Central School Of Ballet

Central appoints Christopher Hinton-Lewis as First Year Male Tutor

Wednesday 20th June 2018 Anita Hamilton writes:

Christopher Hinton-Lewis, currently Guest Ballet Master for Northern Ballet will join Central’s artistic staff as First Year Male Tutor. Christopher joins Central at an exciting time. He will become First Year Male Ballet Tutor, replacing Stephen Williams who has held the position for 26 years.

Christopher has had a very successful career as a Principal Dancer with Northern Ballet and Royal New Zealand Ballet, working closely with choreographers such as David Nixon, Cathy Marston as well as his new colleague at Central Christopher Hampson.

Christopher is currently Guest Ballet Master for Northern Ballet and teaches on the Northern Ballet Academy programme and is frequently in demand delivering company class for New Adventures and Wayne McGregor. Alongside his performance and teaching career he is a recent graduate from the University of Leeds and holds a BSc in Sports and Exercise Science. This varied expertise in performance, teaching and academic insight will contribute to Central’s increasing influence in professional dance training.

Christopher said: “I’m really excited to be joining the team at Central School of Ballet. I look forward to working alongside colleagues who share my passion for developing the next generation of dancers. I hope to bring my knowledge and experience to the studio, and help the dancers to achieve their potential and to fulfil their dreams.”

Central students collaborate with Central Saint Martins

Tuesday 19th June 2018 Isabel Campbell writes:

In May second year students from Central collaborated with Central Saint Martins student Natalie Higgins on her final degree performance, as part of CSM Alive.

The performance combined many disciplines in the art world including design, costume and song. The piece including original music and lyrics with live performers and dance.

Second year Central student Nell worked with Natalie to create three sections of choreography to help emphasise Natalie's vision. Nell worked with four other second year students to create the finished piece.

Central students perform at the Classical Brit Awards

Saturday 16th June 2018 Isabel Campbell writes:

On Wednesday evening three Central students performed at the Classical Brit Awards, held at the Royal Albert Hall.

Along with other dancers, they performed a work choreographed by Jenna Lee. Jenna's choreography for the piece was inspired by the music, Bluebird Suite composed by Alexis Ffrench.

The suite features four sections, 'Bluebird', 'Shosholoza', 'Una Voce Poco Fa' and 'Coda/ Shosholoza'. The piece centres on the story of a lost spirit and her interplay with light which is seen as a transforming/ life-giving force. She is compelled to breathe hope and love into everyone whom she meets.

The choreography was a mix of classical and contemporary ballet. A strong emphasis was placed on the lighting of the piece with the use of both screens and lanterns.

You can watch the performance on television tomorrow evening, Sunday 17 on ITV, 10.30pm-12.15am.

Photo by Jam Deluxe.

Third year student Natasha Chu leads rehearsals for End of Year Performance

Thursday 14th June 2018 Isabel Campbell writes:

This week third year student Natasha Chu has been in the studio rehearsing her work titled IYA-ILU with second year students. The piece will feature in Central's End of Year Performances at Stratford circus Arts Centre.

IYA-ILU meaning mother of drums, explores the talking drum as an instrument and its original form.

Natasha is in her third year at Central studying towards a BA Hons Degree in Professional Dance and Performance. She is also a member of the 2018 Ballet Central Company which is currently on tour.

Natasha has been developing her choreographic repertoire as part of her studies at Central. She was awarded first place for her work Physaliidae at Central’s 2017 Choreography Platform, an annual event where first and second year students are invited to showcase choreographic works. Physaliidae was also selected for inclusion in Central’s 2017 End of Year School Performance. In February 2018, Natasha’s work Shizaru was performed at the Variety Catherine Awards, and in May 2018 at the Arts Society's Annual General Meeting. Natasha was also selected to take part in the 2018 Netherlands Choreography Competition..

Central graduates secure contracts at New Adventures and Northern Ballet

Tuesday 12th June 2018 Isabel Campbell writes:

Central is pleased to announce that many of our graduates have secured contracts at New Adventures and Northern Ballet.

Six Central alumni have been announced as cast members of Matthew Bourne's 2018/19 production of Swan Lake; Dominic North, Nicole Kabera, Michaela Guibarra, Milwhynne Williams, Tom Broderick, Katrina Lyndon. Additionally, Central's New Adventures Student Associates, Lewis Bondu and Alex Fadayiro, who next year will be third Year students and Ballet Central dancers will also perform in selected shows at Sadler's Wells. Click through to the New Adventures website for further details about the tour.

Northern Ballet have also announced that two current third year students and Ballet Central dancers Harris Beattie & Ayca Anil will be joining 2017 graduate Matthew Morrell & 2015 graduate Julie Nunès for the 2018/19 season.

Northern Ballet's new season will commence in September with a Mixed Programme in Leeds and Doncaster followed by the return of David Nixon OBE’s The Three Musketeers and The Nutcracker which will both tour nationally. For details click through to Northern Ballet's website

By joining top international ballet companies such as New Adventures and Northern Ballet, Central’s graduates epitomise our commitment to training dancers who will influence the future of the dance industry.

Christopher Hampson joins Central's Board of Governors

Monday 11th June 2018 writes:

Central School of Ballet has announced that Christopher Hampson, Artistic Director and Chief Executive of Scottish Ballet, will join Central’s Board of Governors from the start of the new academic year in September 2018.

Christopher Hampson has recruited many of Central’s graduates, this year including final year student Rishan Benjamin who will join Scottish Ballet in August, so is familiar with the calibre of training delivered by the school.

Christopher’s enormous wealth of experience dating back to his training at the Royal Ballet School, his choreographic work and performances at English National Ballet, and the accolades received for his work across the world will be a welcome addition to Central’s board of governors.

Since Christopher joined Scottish Ballet, the Company has performed in theatres across the world including The Kennedy Center, The Royal Opera House, The Maryinsky Theatre and the Joyce Theatre, New York. He has brought some of the most sought after creators in dance to work with Scottish Ballet, including Crystal Pite, David Dawson, Javier de Frutos and Helen Pickett. This artistic ambition fits well with the vision and motivation of Central’s Director Heidi Hall and Christopher Marney, Central’s Artistic Director, who are leading the organisation’s move to new premises in the South Bank community in London.

New Adventures and Central announce 2018/19 Student Associates

Friday 8th June 2018 writes:

New Adventures and Central School of Ballet are pleased to announce the Student Associates for 2018/19 – Alexander Fadayiro and Lewis Bondu. Both students are about to complete their second year of study at Central.

Alexander and Lewis, were selected after a weekend of auditions earlier this year. Both will be involved in the rehearsal period for Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake at 3 Mills Studios this summer. They will then support the Company by performing in various performances during the show’s Christmas season at Sadler’s Wells from 4 December 2018 – 27 January 2019.

New Adventures is committed to supporting dance schools and conservatoires in nurturing, and developing the next generation of talent for the Company and the Student Associates programme will continue to build on existing work in this area. New Adventures has a long history of employing dancers who have graduated from Central School of Ballet. In 2016 longstanding Company member, Christopher Marney, became the new Artistic Director of Ballet Central and Matthew Bourne is also an Artistic Advisor of Central.

“For a third year running we are delighted to be providing this opportunity for two more students from Central School of Ballet to join us as our Student Associates for our 2018/19 UK tour. This year as we are bringing back Swan Lake we have decided to give the opportunity to two young Male dancers. We are looking forward to Lewis and Alexander joining us in rehearsals this summer. The success of our previous four associates has been tremendous with each of them continuing to work with us throughout our UK and International tour of Cinderella.” - Matthew Bourne, Artistic Director of New Adventures

"The student associate scheme has kickstarted the careers of all the alumni that have taken part. It has given them the opportunity to learn directly from Matthew Bourne and his team utilising the skills they have learnt at Central School of Ballet. This experience has guided them in positive, new directions and enriched them as young artists. Matthew's Swan Lake changed me as a dancer when I performed it and I am thrilled that Alex and Lewis will have the same opportunity to discover themselves in this masterpiece."- Christopher Marney, Artistic Director of Ballet Central

Ballet Central JustGiving Campaign raises £13,768

Friday 8th June 2018 Isabel Campbell writes:

Central's JustGiving campaign to raise funds to replace the contents of Ballet Central's stolen vehicle has now ended. In total the campaign raised £13,768.

A huge thank you to all who donated over the past month, for all the kind messages of support and offers of practical help. It has been heart-warming for Central's staff and students to receive such support from within and outside the dance community.

The Ballet Central 2018 tour now just has four performances left, in Great Yarmouth, Winchester, Crawley and Stratford, London.

Click through to balletcentral.co.uk for links to purchase tickets for the remaining venues.

Prix de Lausanne Choreographic Project 2018

Wednesday 30th May 2018 Isabel Campbell writes:

In February two second year students from Central took part in the Prix de Lausanne Choreographic Project.

Louise Ainley, Director of Higher Education at Central commented:

‘We are very proud of Callum and Nell’s involvement in this prestigious project. They had the unique privilege of rehearsing with the project choreographer, Goyo Montero, and creating a brand new piece of choreography, Pulse which was performed on the main stage for the Prix de Lausanne finals. It was a significant experience which they will never forget, including working alongside other talented dancers representing partner schools from across the world.'

Learn more about the project in an official Prix de Lausanne video here.

Ballet Central opens international dance gala

Tuesday 29th May 2018 Isabel Campbell writes:

Yesterday evening Ballet Central dancers opened Internationballet #CulturalFusions gala in Budapest, Hungary.

The dancers opened the gala with Kenneth MacMillan's Valley of Shadows and later on performed Wayne McGregor's FAR.

The gala took place at Budapest University of Technology and Economics. It was a unique creative event that brought music, dance, design and architecture together.

It was a very exciting and special opportunity for the dancers and for Central to perform to an international audience.

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