Central School Of Ballet

Important update from Central - Covid-19 response

Tuesday 17th March 2020 Leona Hayhoe writes:

In line with the latest UK government guidance following the Covid-19 outbreak, and as part of our commitment to the safety and well-being of our students, staff and guests, Central has decided to close its studios in Herbal Hill, Clerkenwell as from 5.30pm this evening 17th March 2020. This closure affects Central Nights classes and Junior and Associate School classes with immediate effect. All staff, following this evening’s closure, will be working remotely.

Students on the undergraduate Foundation and BA (top-up) degrees and the postgraduate MA programme are being advised about continuing training and academic study on a remote basis.

The undergraduate student auditions scheduled for later this week 21st/22nd March have been cancelled and all those involved will be contacted separately about alternative arrangements.

Updates on future Central Nights classes will be publicised on Central’s website centralschoolofballet.co.uk and on social media channels. Junior and Associate School students will be informed via email.

The forthcoming Spring Course scheduled for 4th April 2020 will not go ahead as planned. All Spring Course participants will be notified of alternative arrangements.

A decision about the forthcoming Ballet Central tour will follow in the next few days.

For more information from Public Health England about advice to the public following the Covid-19 outbreak see: https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response

Good luck to outgoing director Heidi Hall

Friday 6th March 2020 Leona Hayhoe writes:

Central wishes all the best of luck to Heidi for the future after her final day as Director of Central School of Ballet.

Heidi has devoted much of her career to Central School of Ballet. She completed her dance 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. During her tenure she has notably spearheaded the campaign to raise £9m to fund the specific fit-out required for Central’s bespoke new building in Southwark.

Heidi will take on a role as Director of an educational foundation in Cambridge but will remain involved with Central and will join the Board of Governors in April 2020.

Central’s Musical Director Philip Feeney attracts critical acclaim for ‘The Cellist’

Wednesday 4th March 2020 Leona Hayhoe writes:

The Royal Ballet’s new short ballet The Cellist, choreographed by Cathy Marston, features music by Central’s Musical Director, Philip Feeney.

Whilst playing at the Royal Opera House, Philip Feeney’s score has been widely met with critical acclaim.

“Philip Feeney’s score stylishly weaves sections of du Pré’s famous repertoire (including the Elgar concerto) into his own composition.” The Stage

“lifted on the swell of Philip Feeney’s classics-referencing score” Time Out.

“Philip Feeney’s thrilling orchestral score” The Times

The Cellist is the latest in a series of rewarding collaborations between Philip Feeney and Cathy Marston, including the critically acclaimed Victoria which received its world premiere by Northern Ballet in 2019.

Senior School Manager Job Opening

Tuesday 18th February 2020 Leona Hayhoe writes:

Central is looking for a new Senior School Manager

We are looking to recruit an experienced administrator to oversee the administration and operations of auditions, admissions, registry, timetabling and assessments for Central’s Higher Education degree programmes.

For further information and an application form, please visit the recruitment page on our website.

Application closing date: Tues 3 March 5pm

Interviews: Thurs 12 March

Central School of Ballet announces appointment of new Executive Director to lead the organisation in its new Southwark home

Thursday 30th January 2020 Leona Hayhoe writes:

Central School of Ballet, the world-leading professional dance training organisation and part of the renowned Conservatoire for Dance and Drama, today announces the appointment of its new Executive Director Mark Osterfield. Mark will join Central mid-March to lead the organisation in its much-anticipated new home in the South Bank arts community in the London Borough of Southwark.

Mark’s distinguished career includes managing leading arts organisations and facilitating change for the public benefit with social, cultural and economic impact. He is notable for his work on the refurbishment of Camden’s Swiss Cottage Central Library and Tate St Ives where he led the team which delivered its iconic new building. Tate St Ives went on to win Museum of the year 2018 as a result of Mark’s leadership.

Ralph Bernard, Chair of Governors for Central said: “This is an extremely important appointment for Central School of Ballet and Mark was the outstanding candidate. His appointment coincides with the biggest event in our history - the move to a spectacular new home in Southwark. Mark’s distinguished track record in managing arts and his extensive business, management and fundraising experience will be vital to our continued success.”

Mark Osterfield said: “This role at Central gives me a great opportunity to continue to support the great cultural offer we have in the UK, helping young people to become great dancers, and engaging with audiences and communities in Southwark and beyond. On a personal level it is my chance to reconnect with my childhood passion for ballet, and the training that set me up for a lifelong engagement with the arts.”

Mark takes over from Director Heidi Hall who will join the Board of Governors in April 2020.

For the full press release, please see here.

Facilities Manager Position

Tuesday 19th November 2019 Leona Hayhoe writes:

Facilities Manager

Central School of Ballet trains students for careers in classical ballet and dance. Central is moving in Spring 2020 to bespoke new premises on the South Bank London SE1 and is looking to recruit a Facilities Manager.

Responsibilities include managing the School’s premises, facilities and IT. The role will also involve overseeing the move from existing premises to Central's new home including managing and maintaining the new site.

For further information and an application form, please visit our website at www.centralschoolofballet.co.uk

Application closing date: Tuesday 3 December 2019 at 5pm

Interviews: Monday 9 & Tuesday 10 December 2019

Central School of Ballet, 10 Herbal Hill, London EC1R 5EG

Due to the high number of applications that we receive we are unfortunately unable to contact unsuccessful applicants. Only successful candidates will be contacted.

Central School of Ballet is an equal opportunities employer.

In line with school policy, this post requires an enhanced disclosure DBS check.

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."

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