Central School Of Ballet

English National Ballet dancer and alumnus of Central returns to lead workshops

Friday 1st March 2019 Isabel Campbell writes:

Sarah Kundi, an alumnus of Central, and dancer with English National Ballet has been leading workshops with students on the Foundation degree programme at Central this term.

Sarah has been sharing her experience of working as a professional dancer with world-renowned choreographers through teaching the students excerpts of predominantly contemporary repertoire.

Sarah says “I try to focus on the different styles and techniques of the pieces, whilst allowing the students the opportunity to grasp and really explore the range of movement and detail required within them.”

Iryna Pyzniuk, Head of Studies at Central says “Working with visiting dancers and choreographers is part of the Contextual Studies programme, a core module on Central’s Foundation Degree in Professional Dance and Performance. The students have enjoyed the challenge of learning complex repertoire, exploring different stylistic features, working with precision and focus. These experiences serve as excellent preparation for Ballet Central in the third year.”

Sarah goes onto say "For me, going back to teach at Central School of Ballet is like going home. It holds a very special place in my heart, as it's where my journey started. It's always an honour to go back and share all that I have learned during my career to the younger generation. These experiences will most definitely help the students become more versatile, knowledgeable and well-rounded dancers, which inevitably will hopefully prepare them for their future careers."

Central collaborates with Central Saint Martins

Monday 18th February 2019 Isabel Campbell writes:

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

Five students at Central have choreographed five pieces which all second year students will perform in. Each choreographer has been paired up with a second year student at Central Saint Martins to collaborate on the overall design of the finished piece, including costumes and lighting.

Workshops and rehearsals have been taking place throughout the term, and Central Saint Martins students have also been collaborating in a similar way with dance students at Rambert School.

The project will culminate with four performances at The Platform Theatre on Wednesday 27th, Thursday 28th February and Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd March.

Book tickets for the performances here.

Central collaborates with University of Exeter on research project in bone density

Wednesday 6th February 2019 Anita Hamilton writes:

Central’s students took part in a research project last year in collaboration with the University of Exeter. The in-house lead was Anna Brodrick, Central’s Head of Medical and Wellbeing Department. The research looked at bone density and Vitamin D levels in 50 male and female dancers over a period of four months.

Anna explains: “The research is interesting because dancers, unlike many other types of athletes, train mostly indoors and so don’t get the benefit of Vitamin D from sunlight. We found that bone density within the heel bone in female dancers is higher than a non-exercising population of young people of similar age, but that this not the case in males”.

Anna has been working closely with Dr Jon Rees, Consultant in Rheumatology, Sport and Exercise Medicine, and as a result they are implementing a vitamin D strategy over the winter months to combat injuries related to deficiencies. Anna continues: “More research is needed within the dance population but the results are exciting and will help initiate strategies for preventing injuries”

Central students to perform with Chelmsford Ballet Company

Monday 4th February 2019 Isabel Campbell writes:

Two third year students and Ballet Central dancers, Oliver Harrison and Thomas Varney, will be performing in The Chelmsford Ballet Company Official production of A Midsummer Night's Dream 20-23 March at Chelmsford Civic Theatre.

Performing in the roles of Demetrius and Lysander, they will join the company in celebrating its 70th anniversary!

Book tickets on the Civic Theatre website here.

These performances will take place in advance of Ballet Central's annual performance at Chelmsford Civic Theatre on 3rd May. Tickets for this performance can be booked here.

Oliver and Thomas follow a rich and wonderful history of Central alumni who have also performed with the company. These include Christopher Marney, Ballet Central Artistic Director and previously a dancer with Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures; Andrei Iliescu, performing in 'The Phantom of the Opera'; dancer and choreographer Richard Bermange; James Parratt, previously with Ballet Cymru and New English Ballet Theatre; and Jasmine Wallis, dancing with Vienna Festival Ballet.

Central students perform with Yorke Dance Project

Thursday 31st January 2019 Isabel Campbell writes:

Seven 2nd year Central students are performing with Yorke Dance Project in a revival of Kenneth MacMillan's 'Playground', part of their TWENTY Anniversary Programme, which celebrates 20 years of performing inspiring dance by past masters and emerging artists from the UK and USA.

Following workshops held at Central last term led by Yolande Yorke-Edgell, seven Central students were selected to take part in this project. Since December the students have been working with the company, alongside original cast members on the restaging of Kenneth MacMillan's 'Playground'.

Central students together with students from Rambert School will form the 'chorus' in the work.

Opening 31st January in Bournemouth at the Pavilion Dance South West and then touring to venues across England, the tour will culminate at the Clore Studio Royal Opera House in May!

For further information and tour dates visit the Yorke Dance Project website.

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 students 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.

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