Central School Of Ballet

Central students perform at Royal College of Music Concert

Wednesday 31st October 2018 Isabel Campbell writes:

At the weekend four second year Central students performed at a concert at the Royal College of Music.

The event was a family concert, for children aged 4+, and explored Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique through a narrator who guided the audience through the five movements.

Central’s dancers took part in the second movement, ‘A Ball’. They danced along the aisles and through the audience whilst accompanied by a 60 piece orchestra.

Kate, one of the dancers said “It was a really exciting opportunity to be involved in such a unique and special event. We had two weeks to prepare for the performance in between our scheduled classes. I enjoyed working closely with the other dancers and Jenna Lee on original choreography and it was a privilege to perform alongside the orchestra on the day. It was a fantastic opportunity to gain live performance experience and to develop the skills required for this, such as adapting the choreography to the space.”

Jenna Lee's 'Puss in Boots' opens at Northern Ballet

Friday 26th October 2018 Isabel Campbell writes:

Central MA Choreography student Jenna Lee has created a new work Puss in Boots with Northern Ballet.

Jenna has been working on this original ballet for several months as part of her MA Choreography degree at Central.

Several of the company members are Central alumni and include 2018 graduates Ayca Anil and Harris Beattie, 2017 graduate Matthew Morrell and 2015 graduate Julie Nunes.

The show opens in Leeds at the Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre on Saturday 27 October before going on a nationwide tour in 2019.

For further information and to book tickets visit the Northern Ballet website.

Director Heidi Hall dedicates Central's achievements to Christopher Gable's legacy

Tuesday 23rd October 2018 Heidi Hall writes:

On the 20th anniversary of the death of Central's Founding Director, Christopher Gable, Director Heidi Hall dedicates Central's achievements to his legacy.

”Today, I dedicate all that we have achieved at Central to the memory of my beloved teacher and mentor Christopher Gable, who died 20 years ago today. His vision of leading a school that nurtures theatrical, versatile and highly employable talent is a vision I strive to fulfil every single day. We continue to miss him but his voice is very much alive in each dancer that trains with us at Central.”

Heidi Hall, Director

Central goes off timetable for the day!

Friday 19th October 2018 Isabel Campbell writes:

For the final day of the first half-term, Central has gone off timetable! First and Second year students have been working with three external tutors, taking Capoeira, Singing and Alexander Technique classes.

Third year students have been divided into groups and set a creative stimulus by Ballet Central Artistic Director Christopher Marney. They will present and perform their works this afternoon to an audience of invited guests.

This alternative timetable is intended to engage the students in activities that will enhance their learning and broaden their experience.

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).

Central hosts annual 'Behind the scenes' event for the Worshipful Company of Chartered Surveyors

Friday 12th October 2018 Isabel Campbell writes:

On Thursday evening Central hosted our annual ‘Behind the scenes’ event with the Worshipful Company of Chartered Surveyors.

Second and third year students performed a selection of pieces including excerpts from the Nutcracker, the Princesses’ dance from Swan Lake and Central 2018 graduate Natasha Chu’s piece IYA-ILU.

It was a fantastic opportunity for our students to perform and communicate their passion for dance.

Pictured are students Callum and Chelsea with Tony Joyce, Master of the Worshipful Company of Chartered Surveyors, alongside Central’s Director Heidi Hall and Artistic Director Christopher Marney.

We are hugely grateful for their continued support of Central’s students.

Central's Head of Widening Participation & Access selected for renowned Clore Leadership programme

Thursday 11th October 2018 Isabel Campbell writes:

Central's Head of Widening Participation & Access Debra Cougill has been selected to take part in the Clore Leadership Programme short course over the next two weeks.

Debra and the other cultural leaders participating on the course will be provided with essential knowledge and skills in sessions on topics including Coaching, Strategic Business Planning, Governance and Difficult Conversations, alongside space for individual learning and talks from leaders in the sector.

Learn more about the programme and the other participants on the course on the Clore website.

Central students perform at Christie's event

Wednesday 10th October 2018 Isabel Campbell writes:

Last Wednesday eight Second and Third year students performed at The Contemporary Art Party hosted by Christie's and Vanity Fair.

The dancers performed contemporary pieces choreographed by Contemporary and Choreography Tutor Leanne King, Central 2018 graduate Natasha Chu and the students themselves.

The dancers performed in the VIP section of the party which is one of the most exclusive events during London Frieze Week. The event was an opportunity for guests to view post-war and contemporary-art and participate in the auction of these works.

Central is committed to facilitating collaborative projects with our students and external organisations.These opportunities expose students to other art forms and offer an opportunity to consider the setting of work. Often led by student's own creative work, they allow artistic freedom to present and perform their own ideas.

Photo by Gary Summers

Applications open for Foundation and BA (Hons) degree programmes

Wednesday 3rd October 2018 Isabel Campbell writes:

Applications are now open for September 2019 entry onto Central's Foundation and BA (Hons) degree programmes in Professional Dance and Performance (both accredited by the University of Kent).

Click through to How to Apply for the Application Form and for further information about auditions.

Central’s world-leading vocational dance training offers the most comprehensive preparation for a career at the forefront of dance theatre. Click through to Central Seniors to learn more about what is like to study on Central's unique degree courses, and how students develop technique and artistry across three years of study.

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