Central School Of Ballet

Central School of Ballet announces naming of new Southwark building in honour of patron HRH The Countess of Wessex

Thursday 27th February 2020 Leona Hayhoe writes:

Central announced on 27th February 2020, that its new bespoke premises in Paris Garden in the London Borough of Southwark, part of the South Bank arts community, will be named after the school’s Royal Patron, HRH The Countess of Wessex. The Countess visited Paris Garden during the morning of 27th February, met students, staff and supporters, and unveiled a plaque for the new building which will now be known as “The Countess of Wessex Studios”. This reflects Central’s sincere gratitude for the continued interest and support provided by Her Royal Highness for the project and its broad objectives for exemplary dance industry training and benefit to the local community.

Students on Central’s undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes will begin using the new South Bank premises during the summer term in a phased move from the school’s existing home in Clerkenwell, with the school being fully operational there in the new academic year in September.

The new Paris Gardens premises will feature amenities to rival dance training facilities anywhere in the UK; seven studios, a fully equipped studio theatre, study and resource centres. The fit-out will include a state-of-the-art health suite providing psychology, nutrition, physiotherapy, Pilates and recovery from injury programme. The aim is to become a hub for a dynamic dance community combining excellence in dance training for those aiming for a professional career and a programme of opportunities for the local Southwark community.

Heidi Hall, Director of Central School of Ballet, said: “Our much-anticipated move will allow Central to provide exceptional facilities to match our world-class training for the benefit of our degree level students, for young people with an early passion for dance and the wider community to enjoy for exercise or recreation. Bringing everyone together in one place has been a long-held aim and we are forever grateful to The Countess for her support and enthusiasm as our Royal Patron.”

Heidi continued: “We also appreciate Southwark Council and Cllr Peter John for their support of Central’s work, and are thankful for all our loyal supporters who have believed in our passion and determination to deliver this project.”

Design for Dance collaboration with Central Saint Martins

Monday 24th February 2020 Leona Hayhoe writes:

This term, second-year students at Central have been collaborating with students at Central Saint Martins on the annual Design for Dance project.

All second-year students are required to create a piece of choreography for the choreography module on the BA programme. Five of these students have been paired with second-year students at Central Saint Martins to collaborate on the design for their pieces, including costumes and lighting. This year, the students taking part are Alessia Bartoletti, Lucy Gerrard, Olivia Johnstone, Sam Banks and Jake Tang.

Students from Rambert School and London Studio Centre have also taken part in the project.

The project concludes with a series of performances at The Platform Theatre 26-29 February.

Email platformboxoffice@arts.ac.uk to book tickets.

Central students performing with English National Ballet principal Alina Cococjaru

Friday 21st February 2020 Leona Hayhoe writes:

Jake Milston, Brandon Bache, Joe Watson, Ryu Maeda, Alfie McPherson and Eri Zyla will perform in Frederick Ashton’s iconic Marguerite and Armand beside the world-renowned ballerina in her self-titled show at Sadler’s Wells this week.

The programme also includes a variety of other classical pieces and contemporary works by Tim Rushton, Juliano Nunes and Johan Kobborg. The performances will be interspersed by short films about Cojocaru’s life and career.

“This is a wonderful learning opportunity for some of our second and third year boys. Particularly as the third years prepare for the Ballet Central tour, the chance to perform beside Alina Cocojaru on a professional stage and rehearse in a professional environment is invaluable. The BA degree programme at Central is designed to prepare students for future employment and our students take part in many events and performances such as this throughout their degree. Thank you again to Alina Cocojaru and Sadler’s Wells for inviting our students to perform.” Christopher Marney, Artistic Director

Book tickets to see the show here.

For more details about Central’s BA (Hons) Degree in Professional Dance and Performance, please see here.

Senior School Manager Job Opening

Tuesday 18th February 2020 Leona Hayhoe writes:

Central is looking for a new Senior School Manager

We are looking to recruit an experienced administrator to oversee the administration and operations of auditions, admissions, registry, timetabling and assessments for Central’s Higher Education degree programmes.

For further information and an application form, please visit the recruitment page on our website.

Application closing date: Tues 3 March 5pm

Interviews: Thurs 12 March

Change to Ballet Central 2020 Tour Repertoire

Friday 31st January 2020 Leona Hayhoe writes:

A piece of repertoire created by the Royal Ballet’s choreographer Liam Scarlett due for inclusion in this year’s Ballet Central tour will no longer be presented. Central School of Ballet has decided not to run the piece following a report in yesterday’s Times which featured allegations of misconduct at the Royal Ballet. Central was unaware of the story or the allegations until the news appeared yesterday.

The piece Serpent was commissioned by Central through the company Ballet Boyz and not by Liam Scarlett directly. In preparation for this year’s tour Liam Scarlett has neither visited the school, personally rehearsed the piece with Ballet Central, nor had any contact with Central School of Ballet students.

The tour opens in London on 26th March with revised repertoire, soon to be announced.

Central School of Ballet announces appointment of new Executive Director to lead the organisation in its new Southwark home

Thursday 30th January 2020 Leona Hayhoe writes:

Central School of Ballet, the world-leading professional dance training organisation and part of the renowned Conservatoire for Dance and Drama, today announces the appointment of its new Executive Director Mark Osterfield. Mark will join Central mid-March to lead the organisation in its much-anticipated new home in the South Bank arts community in the London Borough of Southwark.

Mark’s distinguished career includes managing leading arts organisations and facilitating change for the public benefit with social, cultural and economic impact. He is notable for his work on the refurbishment of Camden’s Swiss Cottage Central Library and Tate St Ives where he led the team which delivered its iconic new building. Tate St Ives went on to win Museum of the year 2018 as a result of Mark’s leadership.

Ralph Bernard, Chair of Governors for Central said: “This is an extremely important appointment for Central School of Ballet and Mark was the outstanding candidate. His appointment coincides with the biggest event in our history - the move to a spectacular new home in Southwark. Mark’s distinguished track record in managing arts and his extensive business, management and fundraising experience will be vital to our continued success.”

Mark Osterfield said: “This role at Central gives me a great opportunity to continue to support the great cultural offer we have in the UK, helping young people to become great dancers, and engaging with audiences and communities in Southwark and beyond. On a personal level it is my chance to reconnect with my childhood passion for ballet, and the training that set me up for a lifelong engagement with the arts.”

Mark takes over from Director Heidi Hall who will join the Board of Governors in April 2020.

For the full press release, please see here.

Ballet Central announces five month 2020 tour commencing in London 26th March

Monday 27th January 2020 Leona Hayhoe writes:

The renowned graduate performing company Ballet Central will commence its annual tour at Stratford Circus in London, on Thursday 26th March 2020. Under the artistic direction of Christopher Marney, Ballet Central’s diverse range of dance and theatre will perform in 13 venues across England over a five month period concluding in London on 18th July.

This year’s repertoire delivers an exciting performance of theatricality, technical excellence and drama choreographed by international dance industry influencers, with stunning costumes enhanced by powerful music.

The Royal Ballet’s Liam Scarlett will present Serpent, an athletic ballet featuring an all-male cast. Ballet Central is pleased to perform an excerpt from Wayne McGregor’s Symbionts and scenes from Marius Petipa’s La Bayadere. Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s passion for storytelling is demonstrated in Requiem for a Rose which explores a beautiful metaphor of romance. Scottish Ballet’s Sophie Laplane is creating a new work with composer Philip Feeney based on the story of novelist George Eliot called George(ette), and finally Jenna Lee’s Rock ‘n’ Roll, is sure to please with a ballet inspired by the music and style of the 1950’s dance halls.

Christopher Marney, Artistic Director of Ballet Central comments: "There is a growing appreciation for the varied repertoire of the Ballet Central tour. We are thrilled to be returning to so many venues where audiences have welcomed the skill and technique of our young dancers. The tour is a unique opportunity to bring the works of world-class choreographers to audiences outside of London.

For the full list of tour dates, see the Ballet Central website.

Central to hold auditions in Tokyo, Japan

Friday 17th January 2020 Leona Hayhoe writes:

Central will once again travel to Tokyo, Japan to hold auditions for the three-year degree programme.

Artistic Director Christopher Marney and 1st Year Boys Tutor Christopher Hinton-Lewis will audition the hopeful dancers on February 8th and 9th.

Central has a long history of recruiting excellent students from Japan and have welcomed many Japanese dancers through its doors over the years.

Any dancers selected will join us for the academic year 2020/21 to study for a two-year Foundation Degree in Professional Dance and Performance, followed by a further year of training to complete a BA (Hons) Degree, both validated by the University of Kent.

“Japanese student dancers show enormous commitment to training, work hard and are focused on achievement. These are qualities, along with the required talent, that are the pre-requisites for a career as a professional dancer. Central has been recruiting directly from Japan for nearly 30 years and interest continues to grow. We visit Japan every year and run master classes in ballet and contemporary dance with local dance schools in Japan so that potential students can learn about what we have to offer at Central and where our training may lead for future employment.” Christopher Marney, Artistic Director.

For further details (in Japanese), see the event page for the auditions here.

For any inquiries about the Japan auditions, please use the following contact form https://thewells.co.jp/contact

For details of our UK auditions, please see here.

Second year Central School of Ballet students perform at Northern Ballet’s 50th anniversary gala

Tuesday 7th January 2020 Leona Hayhoe writes:

Two Central School of Ballet students were invited to perform at Northern Ballet’s 50th anniversary gala on 4th January.

Matteo Zecca and Ellise de Andrade performed the enchanting Fireside Pas de Deux from Christopher Gable’s Cinderella, originally choreographed for Northern Ballet during his time as Artistic Director.

Central School of Ballet was the only school invited to perform alongside premier dance companies such as The Royal Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet, English National Ballet, Scottish Ballet, The Joffrey Ballet and Phoenix Dance Theatre.

The evening also paid tribute to Central’s founder Christopher Gable, who served as Artistic Director to Northern Ballet for over ten years. Christopher’s wife Carole attended the gala with his long-time collaborator and friend, composer Philip Feeney. In a pre-recorded video shown during the gala, Carole spoke about Christopher’s life and legacy and the role he had in shaping Northern Ballet into the leading company it is today.

“Artistic Director David Nixon celebrated the influence of Northern Ballet on the dance industry on Saturday night. He highlighted the contribution of both Christopher Gable and Philip Feeney to the success of the company. Performing alongside world class dancers is an experience our students will never forget. We are grateful to David for this unique opportunity and for his continued support of Central in his capacity as Artistic Advisor to the school." Heidi Hall, Director of Central School of Ballet.

Company Manager Job Opening

Thursday 2nd January 2020 Leona Hayhoe writes:

Central is looking for a new Company Manager.

We are looking to recruit an experienced Company Manager to work on the Ballet Central national tour.

Responsibilities include assisting in all aspects of the planning and smooth running of the Ballet Central Tour, supporting the Artistic Director and working with the Ballet Central Rehearsal Coach to deliver a quality and cost-effective tour as part of the BA (Hons) Professional Dance & Performance programme.

For further information and an application form, please visit the recruitment page on our website.

Application closing date: Sunday 12 January 2020

Interviews: Week of 20 January 2020

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