Central School Of Ballet

Star of 'An American in Paris' leads masterclass on Central's Summer Course

Wednesday 1st August 2018 Isabel Campbell writes:

This week star of An American in Paris, Leanne Cope, has been teaching on the Summer Course at Central.

Leanne starred as the lead character Lise Dassin in both the Broadway and West End productions of the show.

All girls on the programme attended a masterclass led by Leanne based on a solo from the show.- a musical play inspired by the 1951 Academy Award-winning film of the same name, adapted for the stage by Christopher Wheeldon.

The one and two week Summer Courses at Central offer an excellent opportunity for children aged 14-16 to experience life in full time vocational training. The programme consists of a daily ballet class and pointe/ boys coaching on every alternate day. Depending on the length of the course, participants will also have the opportunity to take classes in jazz, character, improvisation, creative choreography and special masterclasses.

Dance Europe reviews Central's Summer Performance

Tuesday 31st July 2018 Isabel Campbell writes:

Central is pleased to have had our Summer Performance reviewed in the August/September issue of Dance Europe.

Deborah Weiss writes "What impresses most is that they [the students] are remarkably competent in so many genres."

Pick up a copy to read the full review on pages 88 and 89.

This year's Summer Performance was performed by students in all three year groups of Central's BA Hons Degree in Professional Dance and Performance. They performed excerpts from the Ballet Central tour as well as Spanish, jazz and contemporary pieces.

Ballet Central dancers perform in Tokyo

Monday 30th July 2018 Isabel Campbell writes:

Central is wishing the best of luck to ten Ballet Central dancers who are performing in Tokyo as guests of Ballet KK International today, kindly invited by director Kiyoko Kimura.

The performance will take place at the Shinagawa Culture Theatre.The dancers will perform an excerpt from Wayne McGregor's FAR and Jenna Lee's Black Swan and will be the final Ballet Central 2018 performance.

The dancers have just completed the annual Ballet Central tour and are all recent graduates from Central.

Director Heidi Hall announced as finalist in Third Sector Awards

Friday 27th July 2018 Isabel Campbell writes:

Central is pleased to share the exciting news that Director Heidi Hall, has been announced as one of three finalists in the Rising Chief Executive category in the Third Sector Awards.

Congratulations to Heidi for this recognition of her strong leadership of Central over the past two years, at this exciting time in the organisation's history.

Read more about the shortlisted candidates here.

The Awards presentation will take place on Thursday 20 September 2018 at the London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square.

Ballet Central to stage the Nutcracker in Cambridge

Monday 23rd July 2018 writes:

Central is pleased to announce that Ballet Central will be returning to the ADC Theatre in Cambridge on 13th – 15th December 2018 to perform thier adaptation of the Christmas classic, The Nutcracker.

In a limited run of eight performances directed by Ballet Central Artistic Director Christopher Marney, Ballet Central will present a dazzling 45-minute version of the time-honoured Nutcracker, introducing children of all ages to a new version of the dance favourite, performed to the iconic Tchaikovsky score.

Christopher Marney, Ballet Central Artistic Director said: “It has long been a dream of mine to present a special adaptation of the Nutcracker, aimed at family audiences so that young children as well as grandparents will enjoy the fantasy and sparkle of the ballet. The Cambridge audiences were so receptive to our performances last year that we can’t wait to return this December with an extended run.”

Book tickets through the Box Office on 01223 300085 or on www.adctheatre.com

Ballet Central 2018 dancers graduate

Monday 16th July 2018 Isabel Campbell writes:

On Saturday Central's week of performances at Stratford Circus Arts Centre culminated in the Ballet Central dancers performing their graduation solos. They were awarded their certificates and Dame Monica Mason, former Artistic Director of The Royal Ballet was the guest speaker. In the evening the dancers performed the final Ballet Central 2018 show.

The whole week was a celebration and demonstration of the incredible work of Central's staff and students over this academic year. Central would like to thank all supporters, friends, family and alumni for their ongoing support and wishes all staff and students a peaceful and happy break over the summer holiday.

Central's Summer Performance opens

Friday 13th July 2018 Isabel Campbell writes:

Yesterday evening, Thursday 12 July, Central's Summer Performances opened at Stratford Circus Arts Centre.

Students from all three year groups studying towards a BA Professional Dance and Performance perform in this year's Summer Performance, with a cast of over 50 dancers in Jenna Lee's Black Swan, from the Ballet Central 2018 tour. Additional highlights from the tour which feature in the programme are excerpts from Wayne McGregor's FAR and Kenneth MacMillan's Valley of Shadows. Students will also perform jazz, Spanish and contemporary pieces, including a new creation by third year student Natasha Chu entitled IYA-ILU.

On Saturday, following three Summer Performances, the third years will perform their graduation solos and the final Ballet Central 2018 performance.

Central thanks all family, friends, alumni and supporters for the wonderful support and reception at the theatre so far.

Ballet Central dancers perform at Greenwich and Docklands International Festival

Wednesday 11th July 2018 writes:

Earlier this month two third year students and Ballet Central dancers, Scot and Hikari performed at the Greenwich and Docklands International Festival.

Due to injury, Ballet Black were not able to perform, so our dancers stepped in to perform an excerpt from Jenna Lee's Black Swan.

The Greenwich and Docklands International Festival is an annual festival of outdoor theatre and performing arts. It presents an extensive programme of art installations, street theatre, circus, dance acts and music events. This year’s festival was made up of more than 130 performances.

Learn more about the festival on their website here.

Applications open for Central's MA Choreography

Tuesday 10th July 2018 writes:

Applications have opened for Central's MA Choreography degree programme.

The making of new work is at the heart of the MA, allowing professional development, critical reflection and research.

Applications are invited from professional and emerging choreographers for entry in January 2019, deadline 5 October 2018.

For further information, please visit the MA Choreography page on Central's website.

Beloved Patron, Dame Gillian Lynne has passed away

Monday 2nd July 2018 writes:

It is with great sadness to hear that our beloved Patron Dame Gillian Lynne has passed away. Gillie worked closely with our Founder Director, Christopher Gable, and together they inspired generations of young theatrical talent from Central School of Ballet.

Current Director Heidi Hall also worked closely with Gillie on many productions of Phantom of the Opera, one of her most celebrated pieces as a choreographer.

“I will never forget her dynamic energy and inspirational imagery in the rehearsal room. She taught me to demand excellence from myself as a performer and to always be a committed actor. Her legacy will continue to live on in the many young Central dancers who continue to appear in her shows all over the world."

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