Central School Of Ballet

Central hosts annual Ballet Teacher Personal Development Day

Thursday 23rd May 2019 Isabel Campbell writes:

On Tuesday 21 May Central held its annual Ballet Teacher Personal Development Day.

Established in 2016 by Central’s Widening Participation and Access Department, the day is an opportunity for ballet teachers from across the UK to network and learn about the training programmes offered at Central.

The focus of this year’s course was on the transition for students going into full-time vocational training. Sessions were led by Central tutors and by One Dance UK, with a focus on student mindset and the development of student resilience. The day included Q&A sessions with Central’s degree programme tutors and students, with the opportunity to watch classes and a Ballet Central rehearsal.

Debra Cougill, Central’s Head of Widening Participation and Access said “The day serves as a fantastic opportunity to nurture Central’s invaluable links with ballet teachers across the country. The day was a chance for the teachers to have a greater insight into what their students can expect on Central’s degree programmes in Professional Dance and Performance and what other opportunities are available for pre-vocational students at the school’’.

Feedback from the day: “It was wonderful to observe Central’s classes and listen to the students and faculty. Central is a certainly a beautiful place with such a caring atmosphere. It was an informative and most importantly relevant and thoughtful day.”

To learn more about the world-leading professional training Central offers watch the trailer below and visit: www.centralschoolofballet.co.uk

Central workshops in Walsall inspire children

Thursday 11th April 2019 Isabel Campbell writes:

This week Central held workshops at Walsall Academy for local primary and secondary school students. Established in 2010, this project aims to encourage dance and creativity in young people.

This year the workshops were themed on Christopher Marney’s Carousel Dances, part of the repertoire for the Ballet Central 2019 tour. The workshops were led by Helen Cox, a Dance Education Specialist and dancers from Ballet Central, Central’s graduate touring company.

Activities in the primary school workshops were based on the theme of the circus. Students were set creative tasks in pairs and small groups. They then shared their work, giving feedback to one another. The secondary school students were taught a phrase from Carousel Dances, which they then added their own phrases to and also shared with their peers. Both groups also took part in Q&A sessions with the Ballet Central dancers, to learn more about life in full-time vocational dance training, and had the opportunity to watch the dancers perform an excerpt from the tour.

Debra Cougill, Head of Central’s Widening Participation and Access Department said “This long standing relationship with Walsall Academy has, over the past 9 years, inspired young people, and their teachers, to participate in dance activities both within and outside of the school curriculum. The project offers them not only the opportunity to take part in a workshop but the classes are followed with a performance by our third year students which, for many of the young children, will be their first experience of seeing dance performed live on stage.”

Central brings dance to primary schools in Southwark and Hackney this June

Tuesday 26th June 2018 writes:

This June Central has expanded its successful primary school dance initiative to include 800 pupils at six new schools in inner London Boroughs.

Four of the participating schools have received free dance workshops this month, delivered by a Dance Education Specialist that consists of a dance focused PE class using bespoke resource packs. Dancers from Ballet Central have also assisted in several of the workshops, all accompanied by a live pianist.

As part of their weekly assembly, three schools in Southwark saw a short dance piece performed by Ballet Central dancers and also took part in a question and answer session with the dancers.

The Head Teacher of Michael Faraday Primary School, Karen Fowler said "We are always keen to provide our children with experiences they would otherwise not have. To work with Central School of Ballet was an amazing and very exciting opportunity that both children and adults really enjoyed. Probably the best outcome was to discover real talent in certain children who struggle academically - their confidence has soared! We want Central back!"

Heidi Hall, Director of Central said "Central has a long history of delivering outreach projects to children who may not otherwise get access to dance. Our aim is to widen the scope of dance, to ensure that it is accessible to all abilities and ages from all backgrounds. Our activities in Southwark and Hackney this June are a targeted extension of this work and we hope that the exciting addition of the attendance of our Ballet Central dancers, many of whom are about to embark on professional dance careers, will inspire pupils to continue to dance in school."

If you would like to learn more about Central's community projects, please email the Widening Participation and Access Team..

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