Central School Of Ballet

Japanese dancers major in Ballet Central’s 2018 tour

Monday 26th February 2018 writes:

The critically acclaimed annual nationwide Ballet Central tour launches on 2nd March in London at RADA’s Jerwood Vanbrugh Theatre. This year nine Japanese dancers will be performing on the tour representing just over a third of the female dancers in the company. The Japanese students are the largest group of performers in Ballet Central from any country outside the UK.

Ballet Central will tour this year with a total of 36 dancers; 26 women and 10 men. The majority of dancers are from the UK with small numbers originating from countries across Europe. That so many Japanese dancers are performing with the company this year is a new record. Under the artistic direction of Christopher Marney, Ballet Central’s diverse range of dance and theatre will perform in 20 towns and cities in England and Wales across a five month period.

Central’s Director Heidi Hall explains the increasing participation by Japanese students and the school’s long and established relationship with the dance community in Japan: “Japanese student dancers show enormous commitment to training, work hard and are focused on achievement. These are qualities, along with the required talent, are the pre-requisites for a career as a professional dancer.”

She continues: “We have been recruiting directly from Japan for 30 years and interest continues to grow. We visit selected towns and cities in Japan every autumn to run master classes in ballet and contemporary dance with local dance schools so that potential students can learn about what we have to offer at Central and where our training may lead in jobs terms.”

Pictured: Nanane Miyamoto

Success at Mall Galleries event

Friday 23rd February 2018 Isabel Campbell writes:

Yesterday morning, four Ballet Central dancers performed and posed at the Mall Galleries.

Inspired by Degas' famous pastels of ballet dancers, Central's dancers were invited to perform at the gallery's monthly Coffee Morning for Art Lovers.

Over 250 members of the public attended this event which cost only £4 to attend (£3 for Concessions).

The dancers, who are about to embark on the Ballet Central 2018 tour inspired members of the public to create beautiful artworks of their own. For a taste of the work that was created, click through to Central's Facebook or Instagram.

Excitingly, a photographer from The Evening Standard attended the event. Head to the Standard's website for their report!

Centralise 2018

Tuesday 13th February 2018 Isabel Campbell writes:

This weekend, Central hosted Centralise 2018, a weekend of workshops and classes with all guest tutors exclusively for Central Junior and Associate School students.

All workshops were based on Ballet Central 2018 repertoire and themes, with tutors coming in from Matthew Bourne's New Adventures, Studio Wayne McGregor and JLee Productions

Three groups of older students also took part in a musical theatre workshop led by Joesph Poulton, a Central alumni and west-end star!

To learn more about Central's Junior and Associate school, click through to their website here: www.csbassociateschool.co.uk

For all tour dates and tickets to the Ballet Central 2018 tour, click through to the Ballet Central website.

A weekend of auditions and workshops!

Monday 12th February 2018 Isabel Campbell writes:

Central had a busy weekend of workshops and auditions looking for the next generation of Central students in Leeds and New York City.

Well done to all the young dancers whom the Central team saw across the weekend!

Pictured are members of the Central team at the Ailey Studios, New York City - including Director Heidi Hall, Ballet Central Artistic Director Christopher Marney and Musical Director Philip Feeney.

The last auditions for September 2018 entry to Central's Senior School will be this weekend - Sunday, 18 February at Central School of Ballet in London. For further information click through to the Central Senior's page of the website.

Central announces new MA Choreography students

Wednesday 7th February 2018 writes:

Central has just announced that esteemed professional choreographers Jenna Lee and Sophie Laplane have joined the organisation’s MA Choreography programme.

The MA takes 18 months on average to complete, providing the opportunity for professional choreographers to hone their skills, engage in research and develop their practice at the highest level.

Sophie Laplane was appointed as Artist in Residence at Scottish Ballet last June and will continue in this role as she embarks on the MA programme at Central. Sophie joined Scottish Ballet in 2004 and was promoted to First Artist in July 2011. She has choreographed a number of works for the company that have been presented at the Edinburgh International Festival and at large scale theatres across Scotland.

Jenna Lee trained in classical ballet before dancing professionally as a soloist with English National Ballet for a period of 12 years. Jenna founded JLee Productions, a company providing invigorating bespoke entertainment specialising in neo-classical collaborations and innovative choreographic pieces. Jenna has an existing relationship with Central having produced successful works for Ballet Central, this year providing a unique piece for the company based on Black Swan, a dark twist on the iconic classic.

Louise Ainley, who has led the postgraduate programme for the past seven years, commented: “Being able to attract professional choreographers of this calibre, who are valued and influential within the profession, demonstrates the founding vision of the MA in Choreography. Our aim continues to provide a context where the art form of dance can be explored, extended and re imagined with vibrancy and future-focused endeavour.”

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