Central School Of Ballet

Central Success with Boys Move

Thursday 5th March 2020 Leona Hayhoe writes:

On Sunday 1 March, Central held its annual Boys Move day. Established in 2016, this year Central welcomed 30 boys age 8-18 years to take part in the day dedicated to inspiring boys to get into dance, led by all-male tutors and accompanied by all-male musicians.

Highlights of the day included a ballet class led by a member of Central’s Senior School Teaching Faculty; advanced ballet students also took part in a contact improvisation workshop led by Edd Arnold and Nicholas Tredrea and younger boys took part in hip-hop with Bismark Anobah and tumbling with Adam Pudney.

Male students from Central’s undergraduate degree course also assisted teachers throughout the day and took part in a series of ballet demonstrations, inspiring the participants by showcasing what they have been working on in school.

One participant said: “I attended last year and like the idea of being with other boys who share my passion for dance. The teachers are all really helpful and are keen to help you develop and grow as a dancer.”

Central also runs boys only ballet classes as part of the Junior School for ages 8-16 and for more advanced male students, annual auditions for the Associate Programme will take place on Saturday 30 May. The Associate Programme takes place on Saturdays throughout the year and is for secondary school students years 7-11 who wish to receive additional training and pursue ballet more seriously.

For further details about any of our boys courses, please contact Jo Hurst at jo.hurst@csbschool.co.uk

Central's Summer Courses continue to inspire future generations

Tuesday 6th August 2019 Isabel Campbell writes:

This week Central’s two-week Summer Course continues.

The young dancers. age 11-16 years are experiencing a taste of full-time vocational training, taking a range of classes in: ballet, contemporary, creative choreography, dalcroze, jazz, pas de deux, pointe and pilates.

Teachers leading the classes include professional dancers, such as Cira Robinson who is currently a Senior Artist with Ballet Black, tutors from Central’s degree programme such as Emily Powell who is leading contemporary classes and professional choreographers such as Jo Meredith who is leading creative choreography sessions.

Students from Central’s Foundation degree programme are also coming in to share their experiences of the audition process and their training at Central so far.

Learn more about Central's courses here.

Central’s one and two week Summer Courses commence

Wednesday 31st July 2019 Isabel Campbell writes:

On Monday Central’s one and two week Summer Courses commenced. Over the next fortnight 120 young dancers age 11-16 years from countries including New Zealand, Japan, Italy, Israel, China, Kenya, Singapore, Spain, UAE, Malta, USA and the UK will experience a taste of full-time vocational training.

Classes on the schedule include ballet, jazz, contemporary, repertoire and pilates. The classes are being led by a range of teachers including Central alumni and tutors from the Foundation and BA degree programmes. Central alumnus Joseph Poulton who has performed in productions including Cats and Lion King is leading Jazz classes and Sarah Kundi also a Central alumnus who is currently a Soloist with English National Ballet is leading ballet classes. Other professional dancers in renowned companies are leading classes including Sayaka Ichikawa who is currently a Senior Artist with Ballet Black.

We hope that the young dancers taking part have a fantastic and inspiring time training at Central.

For further information about Central's courses click here.

Photo by ASH Photography

Central announces One Day Ballet Course with Arts and Crafts

Tuesday 2nd July 2019 Isabel Campbell writes:

This summer Central is hosting a series of creative courses for children of all ages and abilities.

Today we are highlighting the One Day Ballet Course with Arts and Crafts for children age 4-7 years, taking place on Wednesday 14 August.

The day will be themed on the iconic Swan Lake, and participants will take part in a ballet class, repertoire class, and sessions in arts and crafts exploring the theme further.

At £30.00 per place, we expect this to sell out shortly.

Book now on Central's website here..

Central’s summer dance blast announced

Thursday 27th June 2019 Isabel Campbell writes:

Central is pleased to announce we will again be hosting the Summer Dance Blast course. On Tuesday 13-Thursday 15 August, there will be three fun creative days for children age 8-13 years of all ability levels in dance.

Applicants can book per day (£40) or for all 3 days (£90).

Book your place now here.

Tuesday 13 August

8-13 years Summer Dance Blast 2019 - Musical Theatre day (‘Matilda the Musical’)

Wednesday 14 August

8-13 years Summer Dance Blast 2019 (classes will include: Ballet, Jazz, Creative Choreography, Contemporary)

Thursday 15 August

8-13 years Summer Dance Blast 2019 (classes will include: Ballet, Repertoire, Street Dance, Capoeira)

Central's Boys Move 2019 met with high praise

Friday 3rd May 2019 Isabel Campbell writes:

On Sunday 28 April, Central held its annual Boys Move day. Established in 2016, this year Central welcomed 40 boys age 8-18 years to take part in the day dedicated to inspiring boys to get into dance, led by all-male tutors and accompanied by all male musicians.

Highlights of the day include a contact workshop for the older boys led by Edd Arnold and Will Thompson from Russell Maliphant Comapny; a circus skills workshop led by National Centre for Circus Arts; a stage combat workshop for the 8-10 years and a ballet class taught by male senior school artistic staff.

Debra Cougill, Central’s Head of Widening Participation and Access said “The annual Boys Move day is always a highlight in our widening participation calendar. The day which is led by all-male tutors and musicians leads to an exhilarating and rewarding day for everybody involved. The involvement of Central’s senior school male students who assist and also perform solos at the end of the day is truly inspirational. Boys Move continues to inspire a new generation of boys into dance each year and demonstrates the value and need for such programmes.”

One participant said: “The highlight of today was to discover and know that if you use your imagination and put your mind to it, you can make a pretty good show.”

Parent’s feedback included:

“[My son] has spoken of nothing else, he can’t wait to come back!!!... he fully intends on taking part in any future workshops! The talk at the end was fantastic and of course great to see the talents soloists!”

“I cannot put into words how much [my son] enjoyed the day and how inspirational he found it. He has been the only boy in his dance classes for years and finds it very lonely…He has come back incredibly confident and very inspired. “

[My son] had never been to a dance class before so this was all very new to him. He had a great day and didn’t feel worried that he was less experienced than the others. He absolutely loved the creative dance class and we both enjoyed the opportunity to watch and hear from the older boys.”

For those who wish to pursue ballet further, Central runs ‘boys only’ ballet classes in addition to Central's regular ballet classes for all students. The Boys Ballet classes are for boys age 8-16 years and run on Friday evening and are led by tutor, Philip Page.

For young dancers who are more advanced in ballet, Central's annual auditions for the Associate programme take place on Saturday 1st June 2019. The Associate Programme runs on Saturdays throughout the year and is for young people in schools years 7-11 who wish to pursue ballet more seriously and receive additional training to complement their weekly ballet classes that they undertake elsewhere.

For further details about the Boys Ballet classes and the Associate Auditions please see Central's website or contact Jo Hurst, Associate School Manager at jo.hurst@csbschool.co.uk

Tutors announced for Central's Boys Move 2019

Thursday 18th April 2019 Isabel Campbell writes:

Edd Arnold and Will Thompson, both dancers with Russell Maliphant company will be leading the Contact workshop at Central's Boys Move day on Sunday 28 April.

Aimed at boys age 8-18 years, from beginners to those with more experience, the day will include a variety of classes including; Ballet, Circus-skills, Capoeira, Stage Combat, Creative workshop and Contact work, all led by male tutors.

Book now on Central's website.

Edd trained at Rambert School before joining National Youth Dance Company and later BalletBoyz. He has worked with world-renowned choreographers including, Jasmin Vardimon, Akram Khan, Liam Scarlett and Ivan Perez.

Will also trained at Rambert School, where during his training he was selected to take part in DV8 Physical Theatres Professional Development. Since graduating he has worked in both film and on stage, performing creations by directors, choreographers and collaborators including; Hannes Langolf, INNE|Iván Pérez, Johannes Wieland, Maciej Kuźmiński and Maxine Doyle.

Star of 'An American in Paris' leads masterclass on Central's Summer Course

Wednesday 1st August 2018 Isabel Campbell writes:

This week star of An American in Paris, Leanne Cope, has been teaching on the Summer Course at Central.

Leanne starred as the lead character Lise Dassin in both the Broadway and West End productions of the show.

All girls on the programme attended a masterclass led by Leanne based on a solo from the show.- a musical play inspired by the 1951 Academy Award-winning film of the same name, adapted for the stage by Christopher Wheeldon.

The one and two week Summer Courses at Central offer an excellent opportunity for children aged 14-16 to experience life in full time vocational training. The programme consists of a daily ballet class and pointe/ boys coaching on every alternate day. Depending on the length of the course, participants will also have the opportunity to take classes in jazz, character, improvisation, creative choreography and special masterclasses.

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