Central School Of Ballet

Central announced as a recipient of investment from Arts Impact Fund

Thursday 28th June 2018 writes:

Central is one of six arts and cultural organisations to receive social impact finance from Arts Impact Fund in its final round of investments - (NESTA Projects Arts Impact Fund) which will support our impending move to the South Bank community in Southwark - Move Central to South Bank.

The £7 million Arts Impact Fund is a collaboration that brings together private, public and philanthropic investment and provides unsecured loan finance to arts and cultural organisations in England that can demonstrate positive social impact.

The contributors to the Fund all share a commitment to supporting the arts and culture and include: Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Nesta and Arts Council England, with additional funding from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.

For further information please visist: www.artsimpactfund.org


Central brings dance to primary schools in Southwark and Hackney this June

Tuesday 26th June 2018 writes:

This June Central has expanded its successful primary school dance initiative to include 800 pupils at six new schools in inner London Boroughs.

Four of the participating schools have received free dance workshops this month, delivered by a Dance Education Specialist that consists of a dance focused PE class using bespoke resource packs. Dancers from Ballet Central have also assisted in several of the workshops, all accompanied by a live pianist.

As part of their weekly assembly, three schools in Southwark saw a short dance piece performed by Ballet Central dancers and also took part in a question and answer session with the dancers.

The Head Teacher of Michael Faraday Primary School, Karen Fowler said "We are always keen to provide our children with experiences they would otherwise not have. To work with Central School of Ballet was an amazing and very exciting opportunity that both children and adults really enjoyed. Probably the best outcome was to discover real talent in certain children who struggle academically - their confidence has soared! We want Central back!"

Heidi Hall, Director of Central said "Central has a long history of delivering outreach projects to children who may not otherwise get access to dance. Our aim is to widen the scope of dance, to ensure that it is accessible to all abilities and ages from all backgrounds. Our activities in Southwark and Hackney this June are a targeted extension of this work and we hope that the exciting addition of the attendance of our Ballet Central dancers, many of whom are about to embark on professional dance careers, will inspire pupils to continue to dance in school."

If you would like to learn more about Central's community projects, please email the Widening Participation and Access Team..

Central students collaborate with Royal College of Music

Tuesday 26th June 2018 Isabel Campbell writes:

This term, second year student Georgia Howlett has been collaborating with final year student Donald Robinson from the Royal College of Music. They worked together to realise a collaborative composition for cello and dance that formed part of Donald's final degree recital. The recital was performed in front of an examination panel and invited audience at the Royal College of Music.

The concept was first presented by Donald but both choreographer and musician worked closely in creating the movement and composition that culminated in a beautifully presented duet, performed by two female second year Central dancers.

Central shares Ballet Central 2018 Trailer

Friday 22nd June 2018 Isabel Campbell writes:

Central is pleased to share the Ballet Central 2018 Trailer. You can watch it on Ballet Central's YouTube channel here.

The video showcases our talented third year students at the pinnacle of their training at Central, performing on the Ballet Central tour.

Featured in the video are excerpts from, Matthew Bourne's New Adventures 'Fairies Prologue' from Sleeping Beauty, Jenna Lee'sBlack Swan, Kenneth MacMillan'sValley of Shadows and Christopher Gable's Cinderella.

There are just two more opportunities to see these dancers perform with Ballet Central, before they graduate - at The Hawth in Crawley on Tuesday 3 July and Stratford Circus In London on Saturday 14 July.

Film-maker: Garrett and Garrett

Central appoints Christopher Hinton-Lewis as First Year Male Tutor

Wednesday 20th June 2018 Anita Hamilton writes:

Christopher Hinton-Lewis, currently Guest Ballet Master for Northern Ballet will join Central’s artistic staff as First Year Male Tutor. Christopher joins Central at an exciting time. He will become First Year Male Ballet Tutor, replacing Stephen Williams who has held the position for 26 years.

Christopher has had a very successful career as a Principal Dancer with Northern Ballet and Royal New Zealand Ballet, working closely with choreographers such as David Nixon, Cathy Marston as well as his new colleague at Central Christopher Hampson.

Christopher is currently Guest Ballet Master for Northern Ballet and teaches on the Northern Ballet Academy programme and is frequently in demand delivering company class for New Adventures and Wayne McGregor. Alongside his performance and teaching career he is a recent graduate from the University of Leeds and holds a BSc in Sports and Exercise Science. This varied expertise in performance, teaching and academic insight will contribute to Central’s increasing influence in professional dance training.

Christopher said: “I’m really excited to be joining the team at Central School of Ballet. I look forward to working alongside colleagues who share my passion for developing the next generation of dancers. I hope to bring my knowledge and experience to the studio, and help the dancers to achieve their potential and to fulfil their dreams.”

Central students collaborate with Central Saint Martins

Tuesday 19th June 2018 Isabel Campbell writes:

In May second year students from Central collaborated with Central Saint Martins student Natalie Higgins on her final degree performance, as part of CSM Alive.

The performance combined many disciplines in the art world including design, costume and song. The piece including original music and lyrics with live performers and dance.

Second year Central student Nell worked with Natalie to create three sections of choreography to help emphasise Natalie's vision. Nell worked with four other second year students to create the finished piece.

Central students perform at the Classical Brit Awards

Saturday 16th June 2018 Isabel Campbell writes:

On Wednesday evening three Central students performed at the Classical Brit Awards, held at the Royal Albert Hall.

Along with other dancers, they performed a work choreographed by Jenna Lee. Jenna's choreography for the piece was inspired by the music, Bluebird Suite composed by Alexis Ffrench.

The suite features four sections, 'Bluebird', 'Shosholoza', 'Una Voce Poco Fa' and 'Coda/ Shosholoza'. The piece centres on the story of a lost spirit and her interplay with light which is seen as a transforming/ life-giving force. She is compelled to breathe hope and love into everyone whom she meets.

The choreography was a mix of classical and contemporary ballet. A strong emphasis was placed on the lighting of the piece with the use of both screens and lanterns.

You can watch the performance on television tomorrow evening, Sunday 17 on ITV, 10.30pm-12.15am.

Photo by Jam Deluxe.

Third year student Natasha Chu leads rehearsals for End of Year Performance

Thursday 14th June 2018 Isabel Campbell writes:

This week third year student Natasha Chu has been in the studio rehearsing her work titled IYA-ILU with second year students. The piece will feature in Central's End of Year Performances at Stratford circus Arts Centre.

IYA-ILU meaning mother of drums, explores the talking drum as an instrument and its original form.

Natasha is in her third year at Central studying towards a BA Hons Degree in Professional Dance and Performance. She is also a member of the 2018 Ballet Central Company which is currently on tour.

Natasha has been developing her choreographic repertoire as part of her studies at Central. She was awarded first place for her work Physaliidae at Central’s 2017 Choreography Platform, an annual event where first and second year students are invited to showcase choreographic works. Physaliidae was also selected for inclusion in Central’s 2017 End of Year School Performance. In February 2018, Natasha’s work Shizaru was performed at the Variety Catherine Awards, and in May 2018 at the Arts Society's Annual General Meeting. Natasha was also selected to take part in the 2018 Netherlands Choreography Competition..

Central graduates secure contracts at New Adventures and Northern Ballet

Tuesday 12th June 2018 Isabel Campbell writes:

Central is pleased to announce that many of our graduates have secured contracts at New Adventures and Northern Ballet.

Six Central alumni have been announced as cast members of Matthew Bourne's 2018/19 production of Swan Lake; Dominic North, Nicole Kabera, Michaela Guibarra, Milwhynne Williams, Tom Broderick, Katrina Lyndon. Additionally, Central's New Adventures Student Associates, Lewis Bondu and Alex Fadayiro, who next year will be third Year students and Ballet Central dancers will also perform in selected shows at Sadler's Wells. Click through to the New Adventures website for further details about the tour.

Northern Ballet have also announced that two current third year students and Ballet Central dancers Harris Beattie & Ayca Anil will be joining 2017 graduate Matthew Morrell & 2015 graduate Julie Nunès for the 2018/19 season.

Northern Ballet's new season will commence in September with a Mixed Programme in Leeds and Doncaster followed by the return of David Nixon OBE’s The Three Musketeers and The Nutcracker which will both tour nationally. For details click through to Northern Ballet's website

By joining top international ballet companies such as New Adventures and Northern Ballet, Central’s graduates epitomise our commitment to training dancers who will influence the future of the dance industry.

Christopher Hampson joins Central's Board of Governors

Monday 11th June 2018 writes:

Central School of Ballet has announced that Christopher Hampson, Artistic Director and Chief Executive of Scottish Ballet, will join Central’s Board of Governors from the start of the new academic year in September 2018.

Christopher Hampson has recruited many of Central’s graduates, this year including final year student Rishan Benjamin who will join Scottish Ballet in August, so is familiar with the calibre of training delivered by the school.

Christopher’s enormous wealth of experience dating back to his training at the Royal Ballet School, his choreographic work and performances at English National Ballet, and the accolades received for his work across the world will be a welcome addition to Central’s board of governors.

Since Christopher joined Scottish Ballet, the Company has performed in theatres across the world including The Kennedy Center, The Royal Opera House, The Maryinsky Theatre and the Joyce Theatre, New York. He has brought some of the most sought after creators in dance to work with Scottish Ballet, including Crystal Pite, David Dawson, Javier de Frutos and Helen Pickett. This artistic ambition fits well with the vision and motivation of Central’s Director Heidi Hall and Christopher Marney, Central’s Artistic Director, who are leading the organisation’s move to new premises in the South Bank community in London.

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