Central School Of Ballet

Central students perform graduation solos

Friday 12th July 2019 Isabel Campbell writes:

This afternoon Central's third year students performed their graduation solos in front of first and second year students and all staff.

This assessment forms part of the BA degree programme's Dissertation Module. For this they must research, develop and perform a solo from an existing ballet or contemporary repertoire. Following the selection of a solo the student undertakes extensive research to support the public performance of the solo to a high standard, including historical and cultural context costuming and rehearsal processes.

Students perform their solo twice; firstly at Central and secondly at the end of the annual Summer Performance week, before their final Graduation Ceremony and Tea, on Saturday 20 July at Bloomsbury Theatre.

Stay tuned, as next week we share some of the students' graduation solo stories!

Central launches graduate survey

Friday 12th July 2019 Isabel Campbell writes:

The Conservatoire for Dance and Drama is conducting a comprehensive survey into the outcomes of courses and vocational training delivered by the schools and organisations in the group. As a member school Central is calling on all our alumni to take part and share the survey as widely as possibly.

The Conservatoire for Dance and Drama are interested to know how our graduates' training has benefited their career direction they have chosen. Central would be very grateful for all alumni to participate in this important research that helps to give a comprehensive overview of the value of vocational training and will help to plan for the future. The information is anonymous.

Complete the survey on Survey Monkey..

Central encourages graduates to keep in touch with Central ahead of our impending to move to brand new premises in the South Bank area of London. If you are a Central alumnus and have not received an email from us, contact centralalumni@csbschool.co.uk to make sure you're on Central's database.

Countdown to Central's annual Summer Performance

Friday 12th July 2019 Isabel Campbell writes:

The countdown to Central’s annual Summer Performances at the Bloomsbury Theatre in London has begun. In just under one week’s time, on 18 and 19 July, students from across all three-year groups of Central’s Foundation and BA degree programmes will take to the stage in celebration of their achievements this academic year.

The students will perform a range of classical and contemporary repertoire showcasing their talent, technique and artistry, including the premiere of a new neo-classical work ‘Vossa Sinfonia’ by Royal Ballet Guest Principal Artist Thiago Soares.

The repertoire will also include works by MA Choreography students; Hidden, a contemporary work created by Sandrine Monin and a 1950’s inspired ballet Rock ‘n’ Rollcreated by Jenna Lee.

The students will perform a new creation entitled All in Four by Central Contemporary Tutor Leanne King, featuring a new musical composition by Central’s Musical Director Philip Feeney.

Louise Bennett has re-developed and expanded her neo-classical work, Twin Figures which she originally created for Ballet Central in 2009.

Finally, two pieces from the Ballet Central 2019 tour will feature in the Summer Performances – Calvin Richardson’s Dying Swanand Christopher Marney’s Carousel.

Stay tuned to Central's social media as we introduce the choreographers and share more about their performance and choreographic experience.

Tickets are still available for all shows and can be booked on the Bloomsbury Theatre website.

Central's first year student success celebrated in the media

Tuesday 9th July 2019 Isabel Campbell writes:

This month, Central is celebrating the success of our students who have completed their first year of training on the Foundation Degree programme in Professional Dance and Performance. This is in advance of the Summer Performances at the Bloomsbury Theatre, London taking place on 18 and 19 July, where all three year groups will perform a selection of contemporary and classical repertoire.

Many of the students are being featured in their local newspapers and local radio stations – last week Owen Horsford spoke on BBC Radio Kent and Matteo Zecca spoke on BBC Three Counties Radio.

Working with the media at this stage of their careers enables Central students to gain experience and develop skills in public speaking. Representing themselves and the organisation, this skill is something that will be expected of them throughout their professional performance careers.

Speaking about the experience of appearing on his local radio station, Owen said “It was really exciting to go along to the BBC studios in London and do the radio interview remotely. The presenter was very enthusiastic and interested to hear about my development as a dancer which put me at ease and made it a really enjoyable experience. The media training I received beforehand was really useful and ensured that I was well prepared and confident on the day. The main skill I have gained from this is a better understanding of how to communicate effectively in a professional setting, and how enjoyable this can be.”

You can listen back to Owen’s interview here(2 hours in).

Central announces Dance Day and Audition dates for September 2020 entry

Monday 8th July 2019 Isabel Campbell writes:

Central is pleased to announce the Dance Day and Audition Dates for September 2020 entry onto the Foundation Degree programme in Professional Dance and Performance, accredited by the University of Kent.

See dates below:

Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 November 2019: Glasgow - The Dance School of Scotland

Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 December 2019: London – Central School of Ballet

Sunday 9 February 2020: London - Central School of Ballet (Audition only)

Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 February 2020: Leeds – Northern Ballet

Where there are two dates, the first will be the Dance Day and the second the Audition Day.

We recommend that those intending to audition for Central attend a Central Dance Day. These days are comprised of a series of taster classes in contemporary and ballet for students aged 12-16, led by Central degree programme tutors. They are designed to encourage and inspire student's current dance training and serve as a taste of life at Central.

Applications for the Dance Days will open shortly, with applications for Audition Days going live in October.

Learn more about Dance Days here.

Learn more about Audition Days here. The Course Outline and Prospectus for the Degree Programme are available here.

Central students perform at festival launch

Monday 8th July 2019 Isabel Campbell writes:

On Friday last week Central third year students performed with JLee Productions at Devonshire Square as part of the launch of the International Women in Art Festival (5-26 July).

The WeWork Devonshire Square team have curated a programme of free arts events celebrating the achievements of women in the arts, both as performers and as educators.

The festival is raising awareness and funds in aid of the Pink Ribbon Foundation - donations can be made at collection boxes at the ground floor reception desks.

Learn more here, on the Devonshire Square website.

In rehearsal with Louise Bennett for Central's Summer Performance

Monday 1st July 2019 Isabel Campbell writes:

Rehearsals continue this week for Central's Summer Performances.

Pictured is Louise Bennett rehearsing her work Twin Figures with Central's first year students, ahead of the performances at the Bloomsbury Theatre on July 18 and 19.

Louise is delighted to be revisiting Twin Figures and to be re-developing and expanding the piece for a new cast of dancers. Louise explains "'Twin Figureswas made for Ballet Central in 2009, in collaboration with a cast of nine dancers. We created the piece through word-based choreographic tasks and our collective response to Martinů's dynamic and energetic Cello Sonata. We found that small narratives evolved within a neo-classical structure."

Twin Figures is one of seven pieces of repertoire that will form Central's annual Summer Performance. This is a chance to see over 100 dancers from all three year groups perform a variety of classical and contemporary repertoire.

Book tickets now online, or call the Box Office on 020 3108 1000.

Central students work with professional dancers from top ballet companies

Thursday 27th June 2019 writes:

This week Central students from all three year groups of the degree programme have been working in the studio with professional dancers from top ballet companies including Phoenix Dance Theatre and Birmingham Royal Ballet.

On Wednesday, dancers from Phoenix Dance Theatre came in to lead a contemporary class and repertoire workshops with Central’s second and third year students. The dancers leading the sessions were Artists Michael Marquez, Carlos Martinez, Natalie Alleston and Central alumnus Carmen Vazquez Marfil.

On Thursday Central welcomed Birmingham Royal Ballet First Soloist Brandon Lawrence into the studio to lead male ballet class with students from all three years and a repertoire class centred on 'La fille mal gardée'.

Central is passionate about maintaining links with professional ballet companies and working alongside them to develop and inspire our students.

In rehearsal with Jenna Lee for Central's Summer Performance

Tuesday 25th June 2019 Isabel Campbell writes:

This week Jenna Lee continues to rehearse her Rock 'n' Roll ballet with Central's second and third year students, ahead of Central's Summer Performances at the Bloomsbury Theatre on July 18 and 19.

Rock 'n' Roll takes inspiration from the upbeat music and glamourous style of the 1950’s dance halls. The piece is based on a trio Jenna created in 2015 for three English National Ballet dancers for a gala that was held at Sadler’s Wells. Now part of the repertoire of Dimensions Dance Theatre in Miami, Florida, Jenna used this as a stimulus to create a longer work to be performed by a full company of dancers. Based on classical ballet technique, the choreography includes elements of styles including; boogie-woogie, swing, jive, jitterbug and the Lindy hop.

Rock 'n' Roll is one of seven pieces of repertoire that will form Central's annual Summer Performance. This is a chance to see over 100 dancers from all three year groups perform a variety of classical and contemporary repertoire.

Book now, online or call the Box Office on 020 3108 1000.

Photo by Drew Forsyth

Central alumni perform title roles in Matthew Bourne's Romeo and Juliet

Monday 24th June 2019 Isabel Campbell writes:

Central alumni, Seren Williams and Andrew Monaghan are currently performing the title roles in Matthew Bourne's New Adventures production of Romeo & Juliet.

Andrew graduated from Central in 2012 and joined New Adventures the following year in 2013, whilst Seren graduated from Central in 2016, joining the company that year for the production of Red Shoes.

Meet Seren and Andrew and hear more about what it's like to perform these roles in this video.

Matthew Bourne’s Romeo and Juliet is a passionate and contemporary re-imagining of Shakespeare’s classic love story. Confined against their will by a society that seeks to divide, the two young lovers must follow their hearts as they risk everything to be together.

Bursting with youth, vitality and Matthew Bourne’s trademark storytelling, the UK’s brightest young dance talent join the New Adventures company, with direction and choreography by Matthew Bourne, design by Lez Brotherston, lighting by Paule Constable, sound by Paul Groothuis and new orchestrations of the Prokofiev score by Terry Davies, played live by the New Adventures Orchestra conducted by Brett Morris.

The national tour began in May of this year and will continue until October. Find your nearest venue and book tickets here.

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