Central School Of Ballet

Ballet Central announces 2019 international tour

Tuesday 15th January 2019 Isabel Campbell writes:

Central's renowned graduate performing company Ballet Central will commence its annual tour at the Stratford Circus Arts Centre, London, on Thursday 28th March 2019. Under the artistic direction of Christopher Marney, Ballet Central’s diverse range of dance and theatre will perform in 20 venues across England over a five month period and will go on to perform in Tokyo, Japan. Click here for the schedule of tour dates.

This season’s repertoire delivers an exciting performance of theatricality, technical excellence and drama choreographed by top dance industry influencers, with stunning costumes enhanced by powerful music. The repertoire includes; Christopher Marney’s 'Carousel Dances', a unique version of the 'Dying Swan Solo' created by Calvin Richardson, an extract from Frederick Ashton’s acclaimed 'Valses Nobles et Sentimentales' and Kenneth MacMillan’s 'House of Birds'. Ballet Central also presents Jasmin Vardimon’s '(in between)', a physical contemporary work. And for the first time, Ballet Central is collaborating with Thiago Soares, principal dancer with the Royal Ballet, who has created a new work with Ballet Central’s young dancers which will be premiered in London at a series of performances at the Bloomsbury Theatre in July.

Christopher Marney, Artistic Director of Ballet Central comments: "Audience attendance for last year’s Ballet Central tour was higher than ever. The exciting repertoire brought by these influential choreographers not only entertains our audiences, but also ensures our talented young dancers secure employment with leading dance companies and musical theatre productions worldwide.”

Nine Nutcracker shows for Ballet Central

Monday 17th December 2018 Isabel Campbell writes:

Last week from Thursday to Saturday Ballet Central performed nine sold-out performances of the Nutcracker.at the ADC Theatre in Cambridge.

The auditorium was filled with children of all ages transfixed by the magic of the Christmas classic. One audience member said it was "simply stunning" and a "most wonderful Christmas treat", whilst another said "it was such a great way to introduce kids to ballet".

Central created special free Nutcracker activity packs for the children to take home, and children also had the opportunity to have their photo taken with some of the dancers in costume. Central and the students hope that the performances have inspired many future generations of young dancers to come.

Ballet Central will be announcing dates and venues for the annual tour in the new year.. It will be an opportunity to see young dancers on the cusp of their professional careers perform a varied programme of classical ballet and contemporary dance theatre. Highlights include Christopher Marney’s Carousel Dances, inspired by the 1945 musical Carousel by Rodgers and Hammerstein, a unique version of the Dying Swan Solo created by Calvin Richardson, and the Company is delighted to present an extract from Frederick Ashton’s acclaimed Valses Nobles et Sentimentales performed to Maurice Ravel’s suite of waltzes.

Ballet Central collaborates with British Museum

Thursday 6th December 2018 Ballet Central collaborates with British Museum writes:

Ballet Central has collaborated with the British Museum on a series of unique festive events for their members. Over the course of this week Ballet Central are performing 6 sold-out shows of their 45 minute adaptation of the Nutcracker.

Guests are invited to a drinks reception in the Egyptian Sculpture room before going through to watch Ballet Central perform in the Great Court.

It has been a wonderful opportunity to broaden Ballet Central's audience and for the dancers to gain further professional performance experience in a unique setting, ahead of their sold-out run of performances at the ADC Theatre in Cambridge next week.

Photo by Kristyna Kashvili

Artists inspired by Ballet Central dancers

Thursday 29th November 2018 Isabel Campbell writes:

On Thursday morning Ballet Central dancers performed at the Mall Galleries monthly Coffee Morning.for Art Lovers.

It was a fantastic opportunity for the public to come and see Central dancers in Nutcracker costumes, who inspired the audience to create art of their own.

Surrounded by the paintings of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters Annual Exhibition, the dancers performed barre work and centre practice, led by Central ballet tutor, Julia Ellis.

It is the second time Central has collaborated with the Mall Galleries, and we look forward to working together in the future.

This event served as wonderful experience for the dancers ahead of the Ballet Central Nutcracker performances at the British Museum next week.

Extra Nutcracker performance added!

Friday 9th November 2018 Isabel Campbell writes:

Due to popular demand, an extra matinee performance of the Nutcracker has been added. The extra show will be on Saturday 15 December, 12.30pm ADC Theatre in Cambridge.

Ballet Central will present their dazzling 45-minute version of the time-honoured Nutcracker, introducing children of all ages to a new version of the dance favourite, performed to the iconic Tchaikovsky score.

Early booking is recommended to avoid disappointment. Book online through the ADC website or call the Box Office on 01223 300085.

Ballet Central 2018/19 season announced

Tuesday 16th October 2018 Isabel Campbell writes:

Central is pleased to share that the Ballet Central 2018/19 season has been announced.

For the upcoming season Ballet Central is working with a range of of esteemed choreographers, providing a unique opportunity for the third year students to gain professional experience both in the studio rehearsing and on stage performing new commissions and celebrated masterpieces.

Following the success of Kenneth MacMillan’s piece in the 2018 tour, Ballet Central is honoured to present another excerpt from MacMillan’s works, House of Birds, based on the Grimm Brothers’ macabre fairy tale, Jorinda and Joringel. The Company is also delighted to present an extract from Frederick Ashton’s acclaimed Valses Nobles et Sentimentales performed to Maurice Ravel’s suite of waltzes. Ballet Central also presents Jasmin Vardimon’s (in between), a physical contemporary work first created with the National Youth Dance Company in 2013. And for the first time, Ballet Central is collaborating with Thiago Soares, principal dancer with the Royal Ballet, who has created a new work with Ballet Central’s young dancers. Calvin Richardson has created a unique version of The Dying Swan Solo after Mikhail Fokine. And to conclude, Christopher Marney, Artistic Director of Ballet Central will revive his Carousel Dances, inspired by the 1945 musical Carousel by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein.

You can watch the Ballet Central 2018/19 trailer here, for a taste of what to expect from the upcoming Nutcracker shows and the Ballet Central 2019 tour (tour dates to be announced in the coming weeks).

2018 Nutcracker poster unveiled

Thursday 13th September 2018 Isabel Campbell writes:

Central is pleased to share the official poster for the Ballet Central 2018 production of The Nutcracker at the ADC Theatre in Cambridge this December.

In a limited run of 8 performances 13-15 December, Ballet Central presents a dazzling 45 minute adaptation of this time-honoured Christmas classic.

One audience member said of last year's performance: "A bite-sized, magical & touching Nutcracker for everyone to fall in love with", whilst Dance Europe said "The young audience were thrilled."

With tickets only £10, book now through the Box Office on 01223 300085 or on the ADC website.

Ballet Central dancers perform in Tokyo

Monday 30th July 2018 Isabel Campbell writes:

Central is wishing the best of luck to ten Ballet Central dancers who are performing in Tokyo as guests of Ballet KK International today, kindly invited by director Kiyoko Kimura.

The performance will take place at the Shinagawa Culture Theatre.The dancers will perform an excerpt from Wayne McGregor's FAR and Jenna Lee's Black Swan and will be the final Ballet Central 2018 performance.

The dancers have just completed the annual Ballet Central tour and are all recent graduates from Central.

Ballet Central to stage the Nutcracker in Cambridge

Monday 23rd July 2018 writes:

Central is pleased to announce that Ballet Central will be returning to the ADC Theatre in Cambridge on 13th – 15th December 2018 to perform thier adaptation of the Christmas classic, The Nutcracker.

In a limited run of eight performances directed by Ballet Central Artistic Director Christopher Marney, Ballet Central will present a dazzling 45-minute version of the time-honoured Nutcracker, introducing children of all ages to a new version of the dance favourite, performed to the iconic Tchaikovsky score.

Christopher Marney, Ballet Central Artistic Director said: “It has long been a dream of mine to present a special adaptation of the Nutcracker, aimed at family audiences so that young children as well as grandparents will enjoy the fantasy and sparkle of the ballet. The Cambridge audiences were so receptive to our performances last year that we can’t wait to return this December with an extended run.”

Book tickets through the Box Office on 01223 300085 or on www.adctheatre.com

Ballet Central dancers perform at Greenwich and Docklands International Festival

Wednesday 11th July 2018 writes:

Earlier this month two third year students and Ballet Central dancers, Scot and Hikari performed at the Greenwich and Docklands International Festival.

Due to injury, Ballet Black were not able to perform, so our dancers stepped in to perform an excerpt from Jenna Lee's Black Swan.

The Greenwich and Docklands International Festival is an annual festival of outdoor theatre and performing arts. It presents an extensive programme of art installations, street theatre, circus, dance acts and music events. This year’s festival was made up of more than 130 performances.

Learn more about the festival on their website here.

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