Central School Of Ballet

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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