Central School Of Ballet

Central's Summer Performance premieres in London tonight

Wednesday 17th July 2019 Isabel Campbell writes:

This evening, Thursday 18 July, Central’s annual Summer Performance premieres at the Bloomsbury Theatre in London.

The performances taking place this evening (7.30pm) and tomorrow (3.00pm and 7.30pm) are a celebration of dance achievement at the end of the academic year. Over 100 dancers from Central’s undergraduate degree programmes will perform a range of classical and contemporary repertoire. The show will feature new original works, redeveloped and expanded pieces, alongside selected repertoire from the Ballet Central tour.

The students and staff have been preparing for the performances at the theatre since Monday of this week. They have been doing class on stage, technical run-throughs alongside full dress-rehearsals.

Following the three Summer Performances, Central’s final year students will perform their graduation solos and finally their closing Ballet Central performance.

Book tickets for the Summer Performances here.

Book tickets for the final Ballet Central performance here.

Central students perform with Northern Ballet on tour

Thursday 30th May 2019 Isabel Campbell writes:

This spring, two Central second year students, Andrew and Brandon have been performing with Northern Ballet on the tour of ‘Puss in Boots’.

Both Andrew and Brandon have been performing the same role of Jack, taking it in turns to perform on tour whilst the other trains at Central in London. This professional performance experience serves as excellent preparation for the students, who will be joining Central’s touring company Ballet Central this September.

Speaking about the experience Andrew said: “I am very grateful for this fantastic opportunity to perform in a professional company. Touring to different venues has enabled me to learn the importance for there to be flexibility within a production so that it is able adapt to different spaces. I have enjoyed the opportunity to develop my acting skills while I dance and to truly create a character on stage. The feedback from the audience has been fantastic and I hope that they leave feeling inspired!”

Brandon said: “My experience at Northern Ballet has given me the opportunity to learn about what is necessary to succeed as a dancer in the professional world. Most importantly, I have learned to allow myself the freedom to explore my own artistry and style. Working with the ballet staff and company members at Northern has developed my stage performance skills which I will carry through to Ballet Central and throughout my professional career.”

The ballet is choreographed by current Central MA student Jenna Lee, and is performed by Northern Ballet, featuring performances from current students Andrew and Brandon, alongside Central alumni including Harris Beattie, Julie Nunès, Ayca Anil and Matthew Morrell.

‘Puss in Boots’ is on tour in the UK until 8 June. Book tickets: northernballet.com/puss-in-boots

Photo by Brian Slater

Central's Creative Choreography Day met with praise

Tuesday 2nd April 2019 Isabel Campbell writes:

On Saturday 30 March, Central held the annual Creative Choreography Day for the Prep and Pre-Senior students, aged 11-16 years.

The day was a unique opportunity for the students to be taught by guest artists and work with a choreographer from the Ballet Central tour. Students took part in a range of classes including; a ballet class with guest tutor Cira Robinson, a Senior Artist with Ballet Black, a Dalcroze class with Kaye Barker, a Professor of Dalcroze Eurhythmics at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama as well as a workshop with the Jasmin Vardimon Company, where the dancers learned sections from (in between), part of the repertoire for the Ballet Central 2019 tour.

When asked what they had gained from attending the day, students said:

“…the day opened up my mind to new ideas”

“The Jasmin Vardimon workshop showed me how to interpret different situations and incorporate them into my movements…”

“I loved it! I’ve never done anything like this before and it was such fun…”

“I discovered the importance and value of really being absorbed into the movement…to completely commit to the theme / intention into my voice and breathe when dancing…”

“I absolutely loved this workshop; it was so raw and free and different to what I normally do!”

Applications are currently open for Central's Prep and Pre-Senior programme with auditions to be held on 1 June. Learn more about the programme and apply here.

Aisling Brangan, a recent Central graduate, has been promoted to Soloist at Scottish Ballet

Wednesday 20th March 2019 Isabel Campbell writes:

Aisling Brangan, a recent Central graduate, has been promoted to Soloist at Scottish Ballet. Aisling joined Scottish Ballet after completing the Ballet Central tour and graduation in 2013.

She said: “During my years at Central, I was constantly challenged by the rigours of my chosen career but always supported and encouraged to believe that I was on the right path. In particular the training I received in acting helped me to develop into the dancer I am today, giving me the confidence to create and inhabit different characters. My years with Scottish Ballet have mirrored this experience, with a hugely supportive team guiding me through the tough times of injury and recovery. Being promoted to Soloist is absolutely a dream come true for me, and has come after a long journey that had its setbacks - bearing out what I learned while studying: that such rewards are hard earned and all the more affirming for that!”

Joining a leading ballet company like Scottish is a goal for many of Central’s undergraduate students and Central maintains close links with the company through the recent appointment of Christopher Hampson, their Chief Executive and Artistic Director to Central’s Board of Governors. Last year Central’s graduate Rishan Benjamin joined the company and Sophie Laplane, Choreographer in Residence at Scottish, has recently commenced Central’s MA in Choreography programme.

Central success with Ballet Black

Thursday 14th March 2019 Isabel Campbell writes:

Ballet Black's Triple Bill premieres on the 14 March 2019 in London at the Barbican Centre before touring across England until June.

Two of the three works are choreographed by Central alumnus Mthuthuzeli November, and current Central MA Choreography student Sophie Laplane.

Central is delighted that our relationship with Ballet Black continues to be so strong with Cassa Pancho MBE, Founder and Artistic Director of Ballet Black being a Patron of Central, and Central's Director Heidi Hall serving on the Board of Trustees of Ballet Black.

Book tickets to see Ballet Black's Triple Bill on tour here.

Coming up - Central's Prep & Pre-Senior Open Day

Monday 28th January 2019 Isabel Campbell writes:

The Open Day for Central's Prep and Pre-Senior programme is taking place on Saturday 9 February.

The Prep and Pre-Senior programme is for aspiring dancers aged 11-16 years and prepares students for a career in the performing arts. This programme of classes takes place on Saturdays during term-time and is designed to complement students regular training.

Learn more more about the programme and register for the Open Day now here.

Ballet Central dancers dazzle Cambridge crowds

Monday 19th November 2018 Isabel Campbell writes:

On Sunday five Ballet Central dancers performed at the Cambridge Big Switch-On.The dancers dazzled the crowd in their light-up costumes as they performed a uniquely choreographed piece by Jenna Lee.

The annual Big Switch-On event, organised by Cambrdidge BID and sponsored by Cambridge Independent, kicks off the Christmas season in the city centre.

The afternoon included a lively line-up of Christmas entertainment from local schools, performing arts groups, choirs and singers.

In just a few weeks the Ballet Central dancers will be returning to Cambridge to perform their adaptation of the Nutcracker at the ADC Theatre. All tickets for the 9 performances between 13-15 December are just £10.

Book now to avoid disappointment on www.adctheatre.com or call the Box Office on 01223 300085.

Central dancers shortlisted for BBC Young Dancer

Friday 9th November 2018 Isabel Campbell writes:

Central is pleased to share that two second year students, Emily Pohl and Keiko Tsuchiya have been shortlisted for the BBC Young Dancer 2019 Competition. All at Central are committed to supporting the dancers in this competition as they fit in additional coaching around their degree curriculum.

The BBC Young Dancer competition was first held in 2015 and is a biannual event. Dancers enter through submitting an application form alongside a video, and are then shortlisted.

Central students Emily and Keiko will attend the second round of the competition on 13 December at Lilian Baylis Studio at Sadler's Wells, where they will both perform their prepared works, both in the classical ballet category.

After this round there are Category Finals in March 2019, with the Grand Final at Birmingham Hippodrome in May 2019, which will also be broadcast on BBC Two.

The winner of the competition will be awarded the title of BBC Young Dancer 2019, a prize of £3000 to help support and further their dance studies and a specially-commissioned trophy.

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.

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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