Central School Of Ballet

Central School of Ballet announces departure of Heidi Hall as Director and her new role as Governor

Tuesday 29th October 2019 Anita Hamilton writes:

Central School of Ballet yesterday announced that Heidi Hall, Director of Central, will be leaving the school at the end of the spring term 2020. Heidi will oversee the organisation’s move to its new world-class premises in the South Bank in London early next year before taking on a role as Director of an educational foundation in Cambridge. Heidi will remain involved with Central and will join the Board of Governors in April 2020.

Heidi leaves Central as undergraduate admissions for its core BA Hons programme in Professional Dance & Performance are at an all-time high and its graduate performing company Ballet Central delights growing audiences in towns and cities across the UK. Central is fully prepared for the continually evolving dance industry with a strong team in place. Christopher Marney, currently Artistic Director of Ballet Central, will take on a new leadership role in the New Year focusing on expanding his artistic vision for the organisation at all levels encompassing Central’s professional level training programmes through to the Junior School. Christopher will lead Central’s staff in a direction vital for a dance organisation of this generation. The process to recruit an Executive Director to run Central operationally in its new South Bank home is underway.

Heidi has devoted much of her career to Central School of Ballet; she completed her professional training at Central in 1995 which led to a successful performance career. In 2012 Heidi returned to Central as Company Manager to Ballet Central, the organisation’s touring company. She was subsequently promoted to Deputy Director and then in September 2016 appointed as Director of Central School of Ballet. In 2018 Heidi was recognised with the Rising Chief Executive Award by the annual Third Sector Awards who noted her part in transforming Central into a world-leading professional dance organisation and spearheading the campaign to raise £9m to fund the specific fit-out required for Central’s bespoke new building in Southwark.

Ralph Bernard, Chairman of Central’s Board of Governors said: “Everyone at Central is deeply grateful for Heidi’s exceptional leadership and dedicated service. Her commitment to the highest professional standards and her extraordinary vision has led Central to be recognised as one of the world’s leading dance schools. We are delighted that she has agreed to take up a role as Governor at the school next year. This will enable us to continue to benefit from her support to Central as we embrace our most exciting development since the school was founded in 1982.”

“We congratulate Christopher on his enhanced and important role in the organisation.” Ralph continues, “Our focus now is to attract a talented Executive Director to work with Christopher and the Central team for the next exciting phase at our new premises in Southwark.”

Central tutor wins gold at International Powerlifting Championships

Monday 8th July 2019 Isabel Campbell writes:

In June, Central’s second year lady’s ballet tutor, Linda Moran competed at the International Powerlifting Federation World Classic Championships in Helsingborg, Sweden. Linda became the World Champion for her age and weight class, also winning gold medals in the squat and deadlift events and overall second place Best Lifter of her age category.

Linda commented on her achievements: “Boosted by my success at the European Championships in March, I trained hard for the World Championships. Sustaining an injury shortly before the competition meant that I could not train my deadlift, so I focused on the lifts I could do. I went into the competition with a positive mindset, keeping my goals clear and realistic. It is so important for dance students to have SMART goals (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time based), and to be able to respond to set-backs with a clear plan of action to maintain motivation and recover and progress with increased knowledge and self-awareness. At Central, the tutors and support staff work closely with the students to ensure a holistic approach to training is maintained, focusing on physical, emotional development and well-being.”

Central partners with Phoenix Dance Theatre to celebrate #WindrushDay

Friday 14th June 2019 Isabel Campbell writes:

In celebration of #WindrushDay next Saturday 22 June, at 12 noon Central is pleased to be partnering with Phoenix Dance Theatre to stream Sharon Watson's film 'Windrush: Movement of the People' on Central's Facebook page.

The production which premiered at Leeds Playhouse in February 2018 is the first contemporary dance work to explore the narrative of the arrival of the SS Empire Windrush that brought the first Carribean migrants to the UK.

"Windrush highlights both the struggles and the good times the Jamaican community experiences during those early years"- Sharon Watson

Having completed a sell-out UK tour and international performances to critical acclaim, the production was captured on film in December 2018 after being commissioned by The Space and Leeds 2023.

Phoenix Dance Theatre's Artistic Director Sharon Watson, creator of the film is also an Artistic Adviser to Central, and Central alumnus Carmen Vazquez Marfil performs in the film.

Watch the trailer here.

Central tutor wins gold at the European Masters Classic Powerlifting Championships

Tuesday 26th March 2019 Isabel Campbell writes:

On 5 March, Linda Moran, second year ladies ballet tutor at Central competed at the European Masters Classic Powerlifting Championships in Gyor, Hungary. Linda achieved a gold medal for Squat, Bench Press, Deadlift & overall total - European Champion in the U52kg M3 category.

Speaking of her success, Linda said "My achievements in the sport of Powerlifting have been largely possible due to my training and career as a dancer. Hard work, practice, consistency, willingness to push through setbacks, reflect and embrace new challenges are qualities and skills dancers develop which are necessary to succeed in anything. The physical strength and mental resilience to be gained through strength training will definitely support and enhance student’s training and dancer’s careers."

Central’s Musical Director nominated In 2018 National Dance Awards

Tuesday 11th December 2018 Isabel Campbell writes:

Philip Feeney, Central’s Musical Director has been nominated in the category of Outstanding Creative Contribution in the 2018 National Dance Awards.

Philip has been working with Central for 35 years, and has composed over forty scores for Ballet Central during this time. Philip has also collaborated with many companies including Northern Ballet, the Martha Graham Company, Birmingham Royal Ballet and Rambert and numerous internationally recognised choreographers including Michael Pink, David Nixon and Christopher Gable, with his works being having been performed extensively worldwide.

Christopher Marney, Central’s Artistic Director said “Having a highly acclaimed composer as part of the Ballet Central team, who understands and supports our artistic endeavours contributes enormously to our success as a dance company.”

The National Dance Awards take place annually and are organised by the Dance Section of the Critics’ Circle. In their 19th year, they “celebrate the vigour and variety of Britain’s thriving dance culture.”. They are presented by the Dance Section of the Critics’ Circle, which brings together over 60 dance writers and critics. They are the only awards given by the body of professional dance critics in the UK. The winners will be announced at a lunchtime ceremony to be held in Central London on Monday, 18th February 2019.

Central's Head of Widening Participation & Access selected for renowned Clore Leadership programme

Thursday 11th October 2018 Isabel Campbell writes:

Central's Head of Widening Participation & Access Debra Cougill has been selected to take part in the Clore Leadership Programme short course over the next two weeks.

Debra and the other cultural leaders participating on the course will be provided with essential knowledge and skills in sessions on topics including Coaching, Strategic Business Planning, Governance and Difficult Conversations, alongside space for individual learning and talks from leaders in the sector.

Learn more about the programme and the other participants on the course on the Clore website.

Heidi Hall wins Rising Chief Executive at Third Sector Awards

Friday 21st September 2018 Isabel Campbell writes:

Heidi, Central’s Director last night won the Rising Chief Executive award at the Third Sector Awards in central London.

The awards acknowledge achievements in the voluntary and not-for-profit sector, with categories recognising outstanding achievement in communications and marketing, fundraising, finance, management, governance and working with other sectors.

During the ceremony, judges acknowledged the significant success Heidi has had in fundraising for Central’s new premises on the South Bank, which the organisation plans to move to in the academic year 2019/2020.

Heidi Hall said: “Being acknowledged last night by industry professionals at the Third Sector Awards amongst such accomplished leaders is particularly rewarding. I am delighted to win, but also want to thank my team at Central for their enthusiasm and hard work over the past two years. We have achieved a great deal together and I look forward to more success in the year ahead."

Director Heidi Hall announced as finalist in Third Sector Awards

Friday 27th July 2018 Isabel Campbell writes:

Central is pleased to share the exciting news that Director Heidi Hall, has been announced as one of three finalists in the Rising Chief Executive category in the Third Sector Awards.

Congratulations to Heidi for this recognition of her strong leadership of Central over the past two years, at this exciting time in the organisation's history.

Read more about the shortlisted candidates here.

The Awards presentation will take place on Thursday 20 September 2018 at the London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square.

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