Central School Of Ballet

Ballet Central 2019 reviewed in May issue of Dance Europe

Thursday 25th April 2019 writes:

The reviews of the Ballet Central 2019 show are in! Pick up the May edition of Dance Europe to read Gerard Davis' triple-page review of the Ballet Central 2019 tour!

Described as "a cracking watch" and a "truly entertaining night", view the new Ballet Central 2019 trailer here.

View all tour dates and book tickets for a performance near you: www.balletcentral.co.uk

Ballet Central 2019 tour trailer goes live

Monday 15th April 2019 Isabel Campbell writes:

Ballet Central's 2019 tour trailer is now live. Click here, to watch the trailer made by Laurent Liotardo on Ballet Central's YouTube channel.

Filmed at the beginning of the tour at Stratford Circus Arts, the trailer offers a taste of what audiences across England can expect to see in this year's show. Featuring excerpts from all of the repertoire on this year's tour including; Christopher Marney's Carousel Dances, Frederick Ashton's Valses Nobles et Sentimentales, Jasmin Vardimon's (in between), Calvin Richardson's Dying Swan and Kenneth MacMillan's House of Birds, the trailer highlights the talent and artistry of the Ballet Central dancers.

Book tickets for upcoming performances: www.balletcentral.co.uk

Ballet Central featured on BBC Look East

Friday 12th April 2019 Isabel Campbell writes:

On Thursday evening Ballet Central was featured on BBC Look East live from Theatre Royal, Bury St. Edmunds where they later performed.

The feature included interviews with Artistic Director Christopher Marney and Ballet Central dancers local to the area as well as clips from company class and rehearsals.

The feature highlighted upcoming Ballet Central performances in East Anglia this spring; Cambridge at the ADC Theatre on 22 and 23 April, Norwich at the Norwich Playhouse on 2 May and Chelmsford at the Civic Theatre on 3 May.

You can watch the feature back on BBC iPlayer, at 21 minutes here.

Book tickets for all performances this spring and summer: www.balletcentral.co.uk

Ballet Central 2019 tour opens in London

Friday 29th March 2019 Isabel Campbell writes:

On Thursday evening the Ballet Central 2019 tour opened in London at Stratford Circus Arts Centre.

Central was pleased to welcome so many friends and supporters to the first performance of this year's tour which will visit 20 venues across England.

Central's third year students are dedicated and determined young people who have worked tirelessly to get this year's show ready for the stage. They not only perform, but are involved in all aspects of staging the show including costume design and the sound and lighting.

The next performance is on Saturday 30 March in Tonbridge at the EM Forster Theatre which is sold-out.

Find your closest venue and book tickets at www.balletcentral.co.uk

Photo: ASH Photography

Ballet Central 2019 tour featured in The Telegraph

Thursday 21st March 2019 Isabel Campbell writes:

Ballet Central is featured in today's Daily Telegraph

Pictured on page 3 is Nell Maude, third year student and Ballet Central dancer in The Bird Woman costume of Kenneth MacMillan's 'House of Birds', posing in the Chelsea Physic Garden.

The 2019 tour launches one week today, Thursday 28 March in London at Stratford Circus Arts Centre.

View the full list of tour dates and book tickets: www.balletcentral.co.uk

Ballet Central dancers attend workshops at the National Centre for Circus Arts

Tuesday 5th February 2019 Isabel Campbell writes:

This week Ballet Central dancers are attending workshops at the National Centre for Circus Arts, a fellow affiliate member of the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama..

The students are attending both unicycle and hulahoop workshops, as part of their preparations for Carousel Dances, by Christopher Marney, which will be performed on the 2019 Ballet Central tour.

The Ballet Central 2019 tour will commence at Stratford Circus Arts Centre on 28 March 2019.The tour will then visit 20 venues across England. Click here for the full list of tour dates and to book tickets.

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.

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