Central School Of Ballet

Central hosts annual 'Behind the scenes' event for the Worshipful Company of Chartered Surveyors

Friday 12th October 2018 Isabel Campbell writes:

On Thursday evening Central hosted our annual ‘Behind the scenes’ event with the Worshipful Company of Chartered Surveyors.

Second and third year students performed a selection of pieces including excerpts from the Nutcracker, the Princesses’ dance from Swan Lake and Central 2018 graduate Natasha Chu’s piece IYA-ILU.

It was a fantastic opportunity for our students to perform and communicate their passion for dance.

Pictured are students Callum and Chelsea with Tony Joyce, Master of the Worshipful Company of Chartered Surveyors, alongside Central’s Director Heidi Hall and Artistic Director Christopher Marney.

We are hugely grateful for their continued support of Central’s students.

Central's Head of Widening Participation & Access selected for renowned Clore Leadership programme

Thursday 11th October 2018 Isabel Campbell writes:

Central's Head of Widening Participation & Access Debra Cougill has been selected to take part in the Clore Leadership Programme short course over the next two weeks.

Debra and the other cultural leaders participating on the course will be provided with essential knowledge and skills in sessions on topics including Coaching, Strategic Business Planning, Governance and Difficult Conversations, alongside space for individual learning and talks from leaders in the sector.

Learn more about the programme and the other participants on the course on the Clore website.

Central students perform at Christie's event

Wednesday 10th October 2018 Isabel Campbell writes:

Last Wednesday eight Second and Third year students performed at The Contemporary Art Party hosted by Christie's and Vanity Fair.

The dancers performed contemporary pieces choreographed by Contemporary and Choreography Tutor Leanne King, Central 2018 graduate Natasha Chu and the students themselves.

The dancers performed in the VIP section of the party which is one of the most exclusive events during London Frieze Week. The event was an opportunity for guests to view post-war and contemporary-art and participate in the auction of these works.

Central is committed to facilitating collaborative projects with our students and external organisations.These opportunities expose students to other art forms and offer an opportunity to consider the setting of work. Often led by student's own creative work, they allow artistic freedom to present and perform their own ideas.

Photo by Gary Summers

Applications open for Foundation and BA (Hons) degree programmes

Wednesday 3rd October 2018 Isabel Campbell writes:

Applications are now open for September 2019 entry onto Central's Foundation and BA (Hons) degree programmes in Professional Dance and Performance (both accredited by the University of Kent).

Click through to How to Apply for the Application Form and for further information about auditions.

Central’s world-leading vocational dance training offers the most comprehensive preparation for a career at the forefront of dance theatre. Click through to Central Seniors to learn more about what is like to study on Central's unique degree courses, and how students develop technique and artistry across three years of study.

Central alumni and students star in Matthew Bourne's 'Swan Lake'

Monday 24th September 2018 Isabel Campbell writes:

Eight Central alumni and students star in the cast of Matthew Bourne's New Adventures 2018/19 production of Swan Lake.

The tour opened on Saturday in Plymouth and will tour across the UK until May 2019, including a two month run in London at Sadler's Wells. Click here for further information about the tour.

The six alumni are Nicole Kabera, Tom Broderick, Dominic North, Milwhynne Williams, Katrina Lyndon and Michaela Guibarra.

The two students, Lewis and Alexander, both in their third year at Central are the 2018/19 Student Associates with New Adventures. For further information about this programme, visit the New Adventures website.

Heidi Hall wins Rising Chief Executive at Third Sector Awards

Friday 21st September 2018 Isabel Campbell writes:

Heidi, Central’s Director last night won the Rising Chief Executive award at the Third Sector Awards in central London.

The awards acknowledge achievements in the voluntary and not-for-profit sector, with categories recognising outstanding achievement in communications and marketing, fundraising, finance, management, governance and working with other sectors.

During the ceremony, judges acknowledged the significant success Heidi has had in fundraising for Central’s new premises on the South Bank, which the organisation plans to move to in the academic year 2019/2020.

Heidi Hall said: “Being acknowledged last night by industry professionals at the Third Sector Awards amongst such accomplished leaders is particularly rewarding. I am delighted to win, but also want to thank my team at Central for their enthusiasm and hard work over the past two years. We have achieved a great deal together and I look forward to more success in the year ahead."

Central students star in New English Ballet Theatre's 'Remembrance'

Tuesday 18th September 2018 Isabel Campbell writes:

Four Central students and one Central graduate are to star in New English Ballet Theatre's (NEBT). Remembrance

Remembrance opens on Tuesday 18 September as part of a double bill with Four Seasons at the Theatre Severn in Shrewsbury. Over the following two weeks, Brandon, Timothy, Callum and Jake - all Second and Third year students will perform alongside 2018 Central graduate Aitor Viscarolasaga Lopez, now a company member at NEBT.

The tour will visit the Thameside Theatre in Grays Essex, the Peacock Theatre in London and the Crescent Theatre in Birmingham.

For further information about the performances click through to NEBT's website.

Central is committed to providing training for young dancers that includes facilitating performance opportunities.

Central collaborates with University of Wolverhampton on injury research project

Monday 17th September 2018 Isabel Campbell and Anita Hamilton writes:

Central is collaborating with the University of Wolverhampton on a research project to help prevent injury in professional student dancers. Anna Brodrick, Head of the Medical Department at Central, is working with Nico Kolokythas, a researcher from the Institute of Sport and Human Science at the University of Wolverhampton on an injury intervention programme with Central's First and Second year students.

The aim of the project is to help predict injury, help dancers return to full dance post-injury and to avoid re-injury. This will be achieved though a year-long collaboration using a specific 30 minute exercise programme twice per week that aims to influence injury presentation amongst pre-professional dancers.

The research process involves taking measurements of the First and Second year students, specifically of their jump height and length alongside some other basic parameters. Students were measured at the start of the academic year and this will be repeated at the end. Throughout the year the students will take part in a 30 minute exercise programme twice a week which seeks to improve their neuromuscular function. Third year students were also measured that the beginning of the year and will be assessed again at the end, but will not take part in the specific exercise programme so that outcomes can be determined between the two groups. The rates of injuries will be compared between the First and Second Year experimental group and the control group of Third years.

Anna Brodrick, Head of the Medical Department at Central said: “This is an important piece of research that may change the way we train dancers at Central. Best practice is at the core of all Central’s training programmes and implementing evidence-based interventions, such as those being studied on this project, will directly influence injuries. We hope to find interesting results that will help evolve and influence training interventions in the international arena especially benefiting the dance community.”

2018 Nutcracker poster unveiled

Thursday 13th September 2018 Isabel Campbell writes:

Central is pleased to share the official poster for the Ballet Central 2018 production of The Nutcracker at the ADC Theatre in Cambridge this December.

In a limited run of 8 performances 13-15 December, Ballet Central presents a dazzling 45 minute adaptation of this time-honoured Christmas classic.

One audience member said of last year's performance: "A bite-sized, magical & touching Nutcracker for everyone to fall in love with", whilst Dance Europe said "The young audience were thrilled."

With tickets only £10, book now through the Box Office on 01223 300085 or on the ADC website.

New academic year begins

Wednesday 12th September 2018 Isabel Campbell writes:

This week, the new 2018-19 academic year commenced at Central. We are pleased to welcome back returning students and staff as well as those new to the school, starting their journey at Central.

The first two weeks of term are warm-up weeks which include a range of introductory workshops in drama, choreography and improvisation. The students will utilise these skills throughout their studies and training over the next term.

There are many exciting events and activities taking place over the coming months, news of which will be shared on this page, so do subscribe for updates.

(Pictured are the new First year students)

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