Central School Of Ballet

Central students perform in English National Ballet's 'Manon'

Thursday 17th January 2019 Isabel Campbell writes:

Four second year Central students; Olivia, Karya, Erin & Jessica are appearing in English National Ballet's 'Manon' this week in London.

They will be performing the roles of beggars during the run of shows this week at the Coliseum.

This is a wonderful opportunity for the students to gain professional performance experience, and all at Central wish them the best for their upcoming performances.

Student Erin says "Taking company class alongside the professional dancers has been a great privilege. I have particularly enjoyed the sense of unity amongst the cast during the rehearsals, and it has been so fun to embody a character and the story with the whole company. I have learned how every role in a production contributes significantly to the telling of the story."

Central launches new prospectus

Monday 7th January 2019 Isabel Campbell writes:

As the new year begins, Central is pleased to launch our new prospectus which covers the training offered on the undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes, for people aiming for a career in the dance industry.

Applications for the BA hons degree programme in Professional Dance and Performance, September 2019 entry are now open. Preliminary auditions are being held on: Sunday 10 February in London at Central School of Ballet, Sunday 17 February in Leeds at Northern Ballet, and on 3 March in New York City, USA at the Alvin Ailey Studios. For further information about the degree programme and how to apply and attend an audition visit the Central Seniors page.

Final auditions will take place in London at Central School of Ballet on Sunday 24 March 2019.

Sarah Wildor leads workshops at Central

Wednesday 19th December 2018 Isabel Campbell writes:

Sarah Wildor, former principal dancer with the Royal Ballet has been working with Central's second year students throughout the autumn term as part of the Dance Studies programme.

During these sessions the students have had the opportunity to develop their knowledge of key dance practitioners. Through practical workshops they have developed their understanding of stylistic and historical contextual differences between a variety of choreographers. Sarah has been working with the students to develop their understanding of how to express meaning and emotion through performance.

The workshops in the final week of term were the culmination of this work which was observed by members of Central’s artistic staff and first year students.

Iryna Pyzniuk, Head of Studies at Central said "It was inspiring to observe Sarah sharing her expertise, skilfully drawing out the motivation and intention behind movement. For the students it has been incredibly valuable to learn from Sarah’s experience and clarity of teaching which also supports Central’s vision, to nurture dancers who communicate."

Central student perform in festive JLee Productions events

Tuesday 18th December 2018 Isabel Campbell writes:

Last week, several of Central's second and third year students performed at three festive JLee Productions events.

The first event was at Devonshire Square, as part of the 'Art for Love' 2018 Christmas festival. The dancers performed a 'Sleeping Beauty' inspired piece, choreographed by Jenna Lee.

The second performance that day was at a corporate Christmas event. The LED ballerinas collaborated with a violin duo to entertain the guests.

Two students also took part in a surprise LED ballerina performance at a pop-up fashion store in SOHO called KITRI. JLee Productions collaborated with Jam Deluxe Studio for the hair and make-up for this event.

Jenna Lee, Choreographer says, “Performance opportunities such as these equip Central students with vital professional performance experience in a variety of environments. This versatility is encouraged and expected of the students in their third year as members of Ballet Central and in their careers as professional dancers afterwards.”

Pictured are second year students at the event in Devonshire Square.

USA auditions and workshops announced

Thursday 6th December 2018 Isabel Campbell writes:

Following successful auditions in New York City in February 2018, Central will again stage auditions and workshops in New York City, on March 3 2019.

Auditions are for entry in September 2019 onto Central's Foundation degree programme in Professional Dance and Performance, accredited by the University of Kent.

The auditions and workshops will be held on Sunday 3 March 2019 at: The Ailey Studios, The Joan Weill Center for Dance,405 W 55th Street, at 9th Avenue, New York, NY 10019.

The day will include a workshop led by Central's tutors, including Ballet Central's Artistic Director, Christopher Marney, former principal dancer with Matthew Bourne's New Adventures

For further information and to apply, see here.

Central holds annual auditions in Japan

Friday 9th November 2018 Isabel Campbell writes:

Central is holding its annual auditions in Japan. Over the next week Director Heidi Hall and Artistic Director Christopher Marney are holding auditions and staging workshops in Osaka and Tokyo. Central graduates from Japan will also attend Q&A sessions to share their experiences of training in London.

Central has a long and established relationship with the dance community in Japan. Director Heidi Hall says “Japanese student dancers show enormous commitment to training, work hard and are focused on achievement. These are qualities, along with the required talent, are the pre-requisites for a career as a professional dancer.”

She continues: “We have been recruiting directly from Japan for 30 years and interest continues to grow. We visit selected towns and cities in Japan every autumn to run master classes in ballet and contemporary dance with local dance schools so that potential students can learn about what we have to offer at Central and where our training may lead in jobs terms.”

Recent Japanese graduates from Central are now employed by companies all over the world including: Orlando Ballet in the US, Alberta Ballet in Canada, Tokyo City Ballet, Shiki Theatre Company and K Ballet in Japan, Cinevox Dance Company in Switzerland and Compagnie Chorégraphique François Mauduit in France.

Central students perform at Royal College of Music Concert

Wednesday 31st October 2018 Isabel Campbell writes:

At the weekend four second year Central students performed at a concert at the Royal College of Music.

The event was a family concert, for children aged 4+, and explored Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique through a narrator who guided the audience through the five movements.

Central’s dancers took part in the second movement, ‘A Ball’. They danced along the aisles and through the audience whilst accompanied by a 60 piece orchestra.

Kate, one of the dancers said “It was a really exciting opportunity to be involved in such a unique and special event. We had two weeks to prepare for the performance in between our scheduled classes. I enjoyed working closely with the other dancers and Jenna Lee on original choreography and it was a privilege to perform alongside the orchestra on the day. It was a fantastic opportunity to gain live performance experience and to develop the skills required for this, such as adapting the choreography to the space.”

Central goes off timetable for the day!

Friday 19th October 2018 Isabel Campbell writes:

For the final day of the first half-term, Central has gone off timetable! First and Second year students have been working with three external tutors, taking Capoeira, Singing and Alexander Technique classes.

Third year students have been divided into groups and set a creative stimulus by Ballet Central Artistic Director Christopher Marney. They will present and perform their works this afternoon to an audience of invited guests.

This alternative timetable is intended to engage the students in activities that will enhance their learning and broaden their experience.

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.

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