Central School Of Ballet

Sarah Wildor leads workshops at Central

Wednesday 19th December 2018 Isabel Campbell writes:

Sarah Wildor, former principal dancer with the Royal Ballet has been working with Central's second year students throughout the autumn term as part of the Dance Studies programme.

During these sessions the students have had the opportunity to develop their knowledge of key dance practitioners. Through practical workshops they have developed their understanding of stylistic and historical contextual differences between a variety of choreographers. Sarah has been working with the students to develop their understanding of how to express meaning and emotion through performance.

The workshops in the final week of term were the culmination of this work which was observed by members of Central’s artistic staff and first year students.

Iryna Pyzniuk, Head of Studies at Central said "It was inspiring to observe Sarah sharing her expertise, skilfully drawing out the motivation and intention behind movement. For the students it has been incredibly valuable to learn from Sarah’s experience and clarity of teaching which also supports Central’s vision, to nurture dancers who communicate."

Central students perform in festive JLee Productions events

Tuesday 18th December 2018 Isabel Campbell writes:

Last week, several of Central's second and third year students performed at three festive JLee Productions events.

The first event was at Devonshire Square, as part of the 'Art for Love' 2018 Christmas festival. The dancers performed a 'Sleeping Beauty' inspired piece, choreographed by Jenna Lee.

The second performance that day was at a corporate Christmas event. The LED ballerinas collaborated with a violin duo to entertain the guests.

Two students also took part in a surprise LED ballerina performance at a pop-up fashion store in SOHO called KITRI. JLee Productions collaborated with Jam Deluxe Studio for the hair and make-up for this event.

Jenna Lee, Choreographer says, “Performance opportunities such as these equip Central students with vital professional performance experience in a variety of environments. This versatility is encouraged and expected of the students in their third year as members of Ballet Central and in their careers as professional dancers afterwards.”

Pictured are second year students at the event in Devonshire Square.

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.

Central’s Musical Director nominated In 2018 National Dance Awards

Tuesday 11th December 2018 Isabel Campbell writes:

Philip Feeney, Central’s Musical Director has been nominated in the category of Outstanding Creative Contribution in the 2018 National Dance Awards.

Philip has been working with Central for 35 years, and has composed over forty scores for Ballet Central during this time. Philip has also collaborated with many companies including Northern Ballet, the Martha Graham Company, Birmingham Royal Ballet and Rambert and numerous internationally recognised choreographers including Michael Pink, David Nixon and Christopher Gable, with his works being having been performed extensively worldwide.

Christopher Marney, Central’s Artistic Director said “Having a highly acclaimed composer as part of the Ballet Central team, who understands and supports our artistic endeavours contributes enormously to our success as a dance company.”

The National Dance Awards take place annually and are organised by the Dance Section of the Critics’ Circle. In their 19th year, they “celebrate the vigour and variety of Britain’s thriving dance culture.”. They are presented by the Dance Section of the Critics’ Circle, which brings together over 60 dance writers and critics. They are the only awards given by the body of professional dance critics in the UK. The winners will be announced at a lunchtime ceremony to be held in Central London on Monday, 18th February 2019.

USA auditions and workshops announced

Thursday 6th December 2018 Isabel Campbell writes:

Following successful auditions in New York City in February 2018, Central will again stage auditions and workshops in New York City, on March 3 2019.

Auditions are for entry in September 2019 onto Central's Foundation degree programme in Professional Dance and Performance, accredited by the University of Kent.

The auditions and workshops will be held on Sunday 3 March 2019 at: The Ailey Studios, The Joan Weill Center for Dance,405 W 55th Street, at 9th Avenue, New York, NY 10019.

The day will include a workshop led by Central's tutors, including Ballet Central's Artistic Director, Christopher Marney, former principal dancer with Matthew Bourne's New Adventures

For further information and to apply, see here.

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

Thank you for supporting Central in The Big Give Christmas Challenge 2018

Wednesday 5th December 2018 Isabel Campbell writes:

Thank you so much for supporting Central in The Big Give Christmas Challenge 2018. Together we exceeded our target and raised an outstanding £23,704 (including match-funding and Gift Aid).

We cannot thank our supporters enough for embracing the Christmas Challenge with such enthusiasm and send our heartfelt thanks for every donation received.

We also want to thank everyone who worked hard behind the scenes, promoting Central and The Big Give, raising the profile of the challenge, and encouraging your friends and networks to support us. It is thanks to this incredible commitment that we can turn amazing opportunities like The Big Give Christmas Challenge into such a success.

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