Central School Of Ballet

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."

New Adventures and Central announce 2018/19 Student Associates

Friday 8th June 2018 writes:

New Adventures and Central School of Ballet are pleased to announce the Student Associates for 2018/19 – Alexander Fadayiro and Lewis Bondu. Both students are about to complete their second year of study at Central.

Alexander and Lewis, were selected after a weekend of auditions earlier this year. Both will be involved in the rehearsal period for Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake at 3 Mills Studios this summer. They will then support the Company by performing in various performances during the show’s Christmas season at Sadler’s Wells from 4 December 2018 – 27 January 2019.

New Adventures is committed to supporting dance schools and conservatoires in nurturing, and developing the next generation of talent for the Company and the Student Associates programme will continue to build on existing work in this area. New Adventures has a long history of employing dancers who have graduated from Central School of Ballet. In 2016 longstanding Company member, Christopher Marney, became the new Artistic Director of Ballet Central and Matthew Bourne is also an Artistic Advisor of Central.

“For a third year running we are delighted to be providing this opportunity for two more students from Central School of Ballet to join us as our Student Associates for our 2018/19 UK tour. This year as we are bringing back Swan Lake we have decided to give the opportunity to two young Male dancers. We are looking forward to Lewis and Alexander joining us in rehearsals this summer. The success of our previous four associates has been tremendous with each of them continuing to work with us throughout our UK and International tour of Cinderella.” - Matthew Bourne, Artistic Director of New Adventures

"The student associate scheme has kickstarted the careers of all the alumni that have taken part. It has given them the opportunity to learn directly from Matthew Bourne and his team utilising the skills they have learnt at Central School of Ballet. This experience has guided them in positive, new directions and enriched them as young artists. Matthew's Swan Lake changed me as a dancer when I performed it and I am thrilled that Alex and Lewis will have the same opportunity to discover themselves in this masterpiece."- Christopher Marney, Artistic Director of Ballet Central

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.

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.

Central is looking to recruit an Associate School Manager

Friday 26th January 2018 Isabel Campbell writes:

Central is looking to recruit an Associate School Manager to join the team. The organisation is seeking an experienced and organised teacher of classical ballet to manage the Associate School and contribute to Widening Participation and Access projects. The application deadline is Tuesday 30th January.

For further information including a full job description and application form, please click through to the Recruitment section of the website.

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