Central School Of Ballet

Ballet Central featured in The Jewish Chronicle

Thursday 5th April 2018 Isabel Campbell writes:

Today Ballet Central is featured in the The Jewish Chronicle. Writer Joy Sable discusses with Christopher Marney Kenneth MacMillan's work Valley of Shadows, an excerpt of which features in this year's tour.

Valley of Shadows was Kenneth MacMillan's portrayal of the fate of an Italian Jewish family under fascism, Nazi occupation and the horrors of the death camps.

Inspired by Georgio Bassani's novel 'The Garden of the Finzi-Continis' and the film of the same name by Vittorio de Sica, it was controversial for its choice of subject.

On this year's tour, Ballet Central presents a scene set in the secluded garden of the family. Exiled from the local tennis club from which they are barred by Mussolini's race laws, a group of young people play in the garden.

Read the full article here on The Jewish Chronicle Website.

You can see this piece on the Ballet Central 2018 tour around the UK this Spring and Summer.

Ballet Central reviewed in Dance Europe

Wednesday 4th April 2018 Isabel Campbell writes:

Ballet Central is pleased to have been reviewed in the April edition of Dance Europe on pages 88 and 89.

Pick up a copy to read Deborah Weiss' review of Ballet Central's performance at RADA last month.

"A superbly balanced programme…the versatility of this graduate year blossomed.”

You can see these talented young dancers, on the cusp of their professional careers performing in theatres in towns and cities across the UK from now until July.

Please click through to the Ballet Central website for all tour dates and tickets.

Rediscovering Cinderella...25 years on

Tuesday 3rd April 2018 Isabel Campbell writes:

To honour Central's founder Christopher Gable and to mark 25 years since the premiere of Cinderella, Ballet Central's Artistic Director Christopher Marney has undertaken a significant research project to rediscover the ballet and reconstruct the work into a 30-minute-long, one-act piece. This work features in the Ballet Central 2018 tour.

In collaboration with Central's Musical Director Philip Feeney who composed the original score, the company worked alongside Charlotte Talbot, part of the original cast and now one of Central's governors.

Guided by Carole Gable, the new piece is a celebration of the original and a fresh take for today's audiences.

This project was made possible with the assistance of the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama and the committed work of Kylie Radford and Iryna Pyzniuk.

You can see Cinderella as part of the Ballet Central tour, at venues in towns and cities across the UK! Head to Ballet Central's website for tour dates and tickets!

Robert Cohan leads masterclass at Central

Wednesday 28th March 2018 Isabel Campbell writes:

Today, Central welcomed Robert Cohan into school to lead a masterclass with the Second year students on the degree programme.

A leading figure in modern dance in the UK, Robert pioneered the teaching of contemporary dance technique, having trained at the Martha Graham School, later joining Martha Graham Dance Company and having performed as a partner to Graham herself.

Robert was the first Artistic Director of the Contemporary Dance Trust in London and as such was the founder Artistic Director of The Place London Contemporary Dance School and London Contemporary Dance Theatre, which he directed for the next 20 years.

It was a privilege for the school and our students to work with Robert today, and Yolande Yorke-Edgell from the Yorke Dance Project who assisted with the class.

Heidi Hall & Christopher Marney in conversation with Killik & Co.

Tuesday 27th March 2018 Isabel Campbell writes:

Central's Director Heidi Hall and Artistic Director Christopher Marney, recently took part in Killik & Co.'s 'A Life Well Lived Series'.

In the series, artists, entrepreneurs, explorers, and change-makers are interviewed and share their stories as they ask themselves “what is my life well lived?.”

In the article and video, which can be seen here Heidi and Chrisstopher discuss their careers, Central School of Ballet and what living well means to them.

Central is looking to recruit a Classical Ballet Tutor

Monday 26th March 2018 Isabel Campbell writes:

Central is looking to recruit an experienced classical ballet tutor, who has had a dance performance career at a high level, to teach and act as year tutor to the first year men’s class of the degree programme.

Central delivers a ballet-focused degree course - a BA (Hons) Degree in Professional Dance and Performance, validated by the University of Kent.

If you wish to discuss the role before applying, please contact Leanne Sanders, PA to the Director, on 020 7837 6332 or at leanne.sanders@csbschool.co.uk in the first instance.

For the full job description and to apply, click through to the Recruitment section of Central's website here.

Japanese dancers major in Ballet Central’s 2018 tour

Monday 26th February 2018 writes:

The critically acclaimed annual nationwide Ballet Central tour launches on 2nd March in London at RADA’s Jerwood Vanbrugh Theatre. This year nine Japanese dancers will be performing on the tour representing just over a third of the female dancers in the company. The Japanese students are the largest group of performers in Ballet Central from any country outside the UK.

Ballet Central will tour this year with a total of 36 dancers; 26 women and 10 men. The majority of dancers are from the UK with small numbers originating from countries across Europe. That so many Japanese dancers are performing with the company this year is a new record. Under the artistic direction of Christopher Marney, Ballet Central’s diverse range of dance and theatre will perform in 20 towns and cities in England and Wales across a five month period.

Central’s Director Heidi Hall explains the increasing participation by Japanese students and the school’s long and established relationship with the dance community in Japan: “Japanese student dancers show enormous commitment to training, work hard and are focused on achievement. These are qualities, along with the required talent, are the pre-requisites for a career as a professional dancer.”

She continues: “We have been recruiting directly from Japan for 30 years and interest continues to grow. We visit selected towns and cities in Japan every autumn to run master classes in ballet and contemporary dance with local dance schools so that potential students can learn about what we have to offer at Central and where our training may lead in jobs terms.”

Pictured: Nanane Miyamoto

Success at Mall Galleries event

Friday 23rd February 2018 Isabel Campbell writes:

Yesterday morning, four Ballet Central dancers performed and posed at the Mall Galleries.

Inspired by Degas' famous pastels of ballet dancers, Central's dancers were invited to perform at the gallery's monthly Coffee Morning for Art Lovers.

Over 250 members of the public attended this event which cost only £4 to attend (£3 for Concessions).

The dancers, who are about to embark on the Ballet Central 2018 tour inspired members of the public to create beautiful artworks of their own. For a taste of the work that was created, click through to Central's Facebook or Instagram.

Excitingly, a photographer from The Evening Standard attended the event. Head to the Standard's website for their report!

Centralise 2018

Tuesday 13th February 2018 Isabel Campbell writes:

This weekend, Central hosted Centralise 2018, a weekend of workshops and classes with all guest tutors exclusively for Central Junior and Associate School students.

All workshops were based on Ballet Central 2018 repertoire and themes, with tutors coming in from Matthew Bourne's New Adventures, Studio Wayne McGregor and JLee Productions

Three groups of older students also took part in a musical theatre workshop led by Joesph Poulton, a Central alumni and west-end star!

To learn more about Central's Junior and Associate school, click through to their website here: www.csbassociateschool.co.uk

For all tour dates and tickets to the Ballet Central 2018 tour, click through to the Ballet Central website.

A weekend of auditions and workshops!

Monday 12th February 2018 Isabel Campbell writes:

Central had a busy weekend of workshops and auditions looking for the next generation of Central students in Leeds and New York City.

Well done to all the young dancers whom the Central team saw across the weekend!

Pictured are members of the Central team at the Ailey Studios, New York City - including Director Heidi Hall, Ballet Central Artistic Director Christopher Marney and Musical Director Philip Feeney.

The last auditions for September 2018 entry to Central's Senior School will be this weekend - Sunday, 18 February at Central School of Ballet in London. For further information click through to the Central Senior's page of the website.

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