Central School Of Ballet

Central's announcement featured in press

Thursday 21st February 2019 Isabel Campbell writes:

On Wednesday Central held a media event at our new premises, announcing that work on the bespoke fit-out has begun.

Central is pleased to report that the story has been featured widely in the press; The Times, The Daily Telegraph, London Live, Southwark News, Broadway World and London SE1. The news has also been featured in print in the Morning Star and in the Dundee Courier.

Learn more about Central's move to the South Bank on the Move Central page.

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Work commences at Central’s new South Bank premises

Wednesday 20th February 2019 Anita Hamilton writes:

Central today announces that work has begun on the bespoke fit-out of our new premises in London’s arts community on the South Bank in Southwark following a successful fundraising campaign.

The £9million project involves the full relocation of the school to its new premises including the fit-out of the building. In March 2017 Central announced a campaign to raise £6million to finance the development and now, less than two years later, under £1million is required for the final stages of the Paris Gardens building. Support to date has come from individuals, major Trusts and Foundations and from two loans; £3million from Southwark Council and £600,000 from the Arts Impact Fund. Fundraising continues in earnest to repay the two loans.

Students on Central’s undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes will begin using the new South Bank premises during the academic year 2019/20.

The new Paris Gardens premises will feature amenities to rival dance training facilities anywhere in the UK; seven studios, a fully-equipped studio theatre, study and resource centres. The fit-out will include a state-of-the-art health suite providing psychology, nutrition, physiotherapy, Pilates and recovery from injury programme.

The aim is to become a hub for a dynamic dance community combining excellence in dance training for those aiming for a professional career and a programme of opportunities for the local Southwark community.

Central collaborates with Central Saint Martins

Monday 18th February 2019 Isabel Campbell writes:

This term second year students at Central have been collaborating with students at Central Saint Martins on the annual Design for Dance project.

Five students at Central have choreographed five pieces which all second year students will perform in. Each choreographer has been paired up with a second year student at Central Saint Martins to collaborate on the overall design of the finished piece, including costumes and lighting.

Workshops and rehearsals have been taking place throughout the term, and Central Saint Martins students have also been collaborating in a similar way with dance students at Rambert School.

The project will culminate with four performances at The Platform Theatre on Wednesday 27th, Thursday 28th February and Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd March.

Book tickets for the performances here.

Central students participate in Prix de Lausanne Choreography Project

Friday 8th February 2019 Isabel Campbell writes:

This week two third year students and Ballet Central dancers Lewis Bondu and Mai Ito are participating in the Prix de Lausanne Choreographic project, alongside 24 other young dancers, all from partner schools of the Prix de Lausanne.

The group of 26 dancers are working with Dutch choreographer Didy Veldman in Lausanne to create a new piece, Is to Be. The dancers will perform this work during the interlude at the final on Saturday 9th February, as a world premiere.

Learn more about the project on the Prix de Lausanne website.

Central collaborates with University of Exeter on research project in bone density

Wednesday 6th February 2019 Anita Hamilton writes:

Central’s students took part in a research project last year in collaboration with the University of Exeter. The in-house lead was Anna Brodrick, Central’s Head of Medical and Wellbeing Department. The research looked at bone density and Vitamin D levels in 50 male and female dancers over a period of four months.

Anna explains: “The research is interesting because dancers, unlike many other types of athletes, train mostly indoors and so don’t get the benefit of Vitamin D from sunlight. We found that bone density within the heel bone in female dancers is higher than a non-exercising population of young people of similar age, but that this not the case in males”.

Anna has been working closely with Dr Jon Rees, Consultant in Rheumatology, Sport and Exercise Medicine, and as a result they are implementing a vitamin D strategy over the winter months to combat injuries related to deficiencies. Anna continues: “More research is needed within the dance population but the results are exciting and will help initiate strategies for preventing injuries”

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.

Central students to perform with Chelmsford Ballet Company

Monday 4th February 2019 Isabel Campbell writes:

Two third year students and Ballet Central dancers, Oliver Harrison and Thomas Varney, will be performing in The Chelmsford Ballet Company Official production of A Midsummer Night's Dream 20-23 March at Chelmsford Civic Theatre.

Performing in the roles of Demetrius and Lysander, they will join the company in celebrating its 70th anniversary!

Book tickets on the Civic Theatre website here.

These performances will take place in advance of Ballet Central's annual performance at Chelmsford Civic Theatre on 3rd May. Tickets for this performance can be booked here.

Oliver and Thomas follow a rich and wonderful history of Central alumni who have also performed with the company. These include Christopher Marney, Ballet Central Artistic Director and previously a dancer with Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures; Andrei Iliescu, performing in 'The Phantom of the Opera'; dancer and choreographer Richard Bermange; James Parratt, previously with Ballet Cymru and New English Ballet Theatre; and Jasmine Wallis, dancing with Vienna Festival Ballet.

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