Central School Of Ballet

Ballet Central to collaborate with Mall Galleries

Wednesday 17th January 2018 Isabel Campbell writes:

On 22nd February, Ballet Central are collaborating with Mall Galleries at their monthly Coffee Morning for Art Lovers.

Inspired by the The Pastel Society's annual exhibition, from 10am-12pm, attendees will have the opportunity to sketch posed Ballet Central dancers & costumes from Central's archives.

For further information about the event, head to the event page on the Mall Galleries website, or the Facebook event page.

Central's 2018 Boys Move Day Announced

Tuesday 16th January 2018 Isabel Campbell writes:

Central's 2018 Boys Move Day will be taking place on Tuesday 13th February.

The day is open to boys aged 8-18 years, for those new to dance and those with dance experience!

The day will include a ballet class for all groups and other creative classes, including a workshop lead by a New Adventure's, Matthew Bourne facilitator for boys aged 11-18 years.

All groups will have the opportunity to watch Ballet Central, Central's third year touring company in rehearsal.

For more information and to secure a place head to the Boys Courses section of our website.

Tom Cruise seen alongside Central as they filmed on the South Bank

Monday 15th January 2018 Anita Hamilton writes:

On Saturday morning Tom Cruise could be seen running across the roof of the rail bridge at Blackfriars in London. The dramatic stunt was for the new Mission: Impossible film and was captured by a film crew in a helicopter with hundreds more on the bridge and in buildings nearby, Tom Cruise in Blackfriars stunt. The activity stopped road traffic on the bridge and boats in the Thames below. Meanwhile, just 200 metres below on the South Bank, Central was also filming. We were videoing dancers from the third year, making the most of the space near Central’s planned new home in the South Bank area. Part of a four day shoot, the soon to be released film will tell Central’s story and the plans to move to the Southwark community. It was very exciting for everyone involved, if a little cold on a grey January day alongside the Thames.

Central is looking to recruit a Development Officer

Friday 12th January 2018 writes:

Central is looking to recruit an enthusiastic and experienced Development Officer to support the Development Team.

The role will involve contributing to the development of Central School of Ballet’s fundraising programme of activities and to contribute to the delivery of the Capital, Revenue and Bursary fundraising strategy.

It will also involve working flexibly and collaboratively as a member of the small Development and Communications team providing support to help the school deliver its strategic objectives.

For further information and to apply head to the Recruitment page on Central's website.

MA Choreography student Malcolm Sutherland premieres new work at the Resolution Festival

Friday 12th January 2018 writes:

Malcolm Sutherland, a student on Central’s MA programme in Choreography, will premiere a new piece titled Lost for Words at the renowned Resolution Festival on 26th January. Resolution is the UK’s biggest festival of new dance and performance works by emerging artists and is being staged at The Place in central London from 12th January to 23rd February.

Malcolm’s piece is described as a physical manifestation of the feeling of being lost for words, unable to produce speech or to find words to express a current state of emotion. He explains the idea: “The duet will follow the story of a woman who has been waiting for a very long time, repeating the same routine day after day, waiting for something. One day it will finally meet her, but she will not be able to recognise it for what she has wanted all her life, too consumed by the waiting by which her life is now defined.”

Producing this piece is part of the MA programme, allowing Malcolm to experiment with new ideas whilst remaining in the context of performance. He comments: “Working and collaborating with composer Davidson Jaconello on this new short work has been an insightful experience as music plays a vital role for me in creating ideas and shaping final choreography.”

Malcolm trained at Central School of Ballet and is a former dancer with Nürnberg Ballet. He returned to Central to complete an MA, one of only two students accepted each year on this programme.

Louise Ainley, Central’s Director of Higher Education Programmes said: “It is fitting to see the work of Central’s MA choreographers premiered at the Resolution Festival, providing evidence of the calibre of the work and the on-going vision of the MA. Our aim is to foster and inspire the career development of some of the dance profession’s most talented choreographers".

To book tickets to the performance at 8pm on 26th January visit The Place Website or : the Facebook event

Photo Credit:Danilo Moroni

Ballet Central announces 2018 tour

Tuesday 9th January 2018 Isabel Campbell writes:

The Ballet Central 2018 tour dates are now live! The company will be visiting towns and cities across the UK from March to July this year.

For a full list of the tour dates and for links to buy tickets head to Ballet Central's website: balletcentral.co.uk

Should you find tickets are not on sale yet for a particular performance, the venue will be able to advise you when they will become available.

For a teaser of what to expect from the Ballet Central 2018 tour watch the Black Swan trailer, choreographed by Jenna Lee.

Dance Europe reviews Ballet Central's Nutcracker

Friday 5th January 2018 Isabel Campbell writes:

Ballet Central are pleased to have received a positive review of The Nutcracker, in January's edition of Dance Europe.

Ballet Central performed 5 sell-out performances of The Nutcracker during December at the ADC Theatre in Cambridge.

Dance critic Amanda Jennings, noted the company's 'laudable air of commitment', going on to say that 'the whole production had been intelligently put together and meticulously rehearsed.'

The Nutcracker performances served as invaluable experience and preparation for the company's 2018 nationwide tour, which will be announced next week. Make sure to subscribe for news updates at the top left of this page to be the first to hear!

Five festive Nutcracker shows for Ballet Central!

Wednesday 20th December 2017 Isabel Campbell writes:

Last week, Ballet Central performed five festive sold-out performances of The Nutcracker in Cambridge!

The production was directed and choreographed by Ballet Central's Artistic Director Christopher Marney and was a dazzling 45-minute version of the time-honoured Nutcracker, introducing children of all ages to a new take on the iconic Tchaikovsky score.

The performances received rave reviews with audience members tweeting it was "charming", "outstanding" and "magical".

Following each performance, children were offered the opportunity to have their photograph taken with some of the dancers in costume and were also gifted free Nutcracker activity packs, created by Central's Widening Participation and Access team.

The performances were a wonderful way to end what has been a very busy and exciting first term at Central. We wish all our supporters, friends, students and staff a very merry Christmas, and look forward to a wonderful 2018!

Thank you for supporting Ballet Central with the Big Give!

Tuesday 5th December 2017 Isabel Campbell writes:

Central would like to thank all who supported our seasonal fundraising campaign, The Big Give Christmas Challenge.

Over the 7 day period, we raised an incredible £21,925 towards Ballet Central. The Ballet Central team are very grateful for all donations which were doubled during the campaign period.

These funds will make a real difference to the Ballet Central tour, enabling the company to buy new light-weight ballet barres, a new portable dance-floor and special effects equipment!

Throughout the campaign Central did a number of activities; we garnered support in our local neighbourhood of Clerkenwell, performed at a special Christmas event in Devonshire Square, and captured the support of alumni and well-known supporters including Anneka Rice, An American in Paris and Scottish Ballet.

You can see all our social media activity we did throughout the campaign by heading to our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

If you want to stay in touch with all Central’s activities please sign up for our news alerts via the link at the top of this page!

24 hours left to double your donation

Monday 4th December 2017 Isabel Campbell writes:

There are just 24 hours left to double your donation in the 2017 Big Give Christmas Challenge!

So far we have raised an incredible £13,093! If you are yet to donate, you can do so up until midday tomorrow.

All funds raised in this campaign will go towards buying professional equipment and technical support staff for the upcoming Ballet Central tour.

The Ballet Central annual nationwide tour is the highlight for students at Central, providing them with invaluable professional experience on stage and behind-the scenes.

If you would like to support the upcoming tour and these talented young dancers, donate on the Big Give website!

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