Central School Of Ballet

Central announces new MA Choreography programme students

Monday 18th March 2019 Anita Hamilton writes:

Central announces new MA Choreography programme students: Anjali Mehra-Hughes from New Adventures and Sandrine Monin from Phoenix Dance Theatre. The students joined Central this spring on the MA programme that 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.

Anjali completed her professional dance training at Central School of Ballet where she also won the Christopher Gable Choreographer Award. She joined New Adventures in 1999 and now combines a career as a choreographer and a performer. Sandrine was born in Montluçon, France and trained at the Conservatory National Superior of Music and Dance in Lyon. Sandrine trained and danced across Europe before moving to Leeds in 2012 to join Phoenix Dance Theatre.

Louise Ainley, has led the postgraduate programme for the past seven years, commented: “Central continues to celebrate valuable links with the dance profession. We are proud to be supporting the career development of talented choreographers who have ambitions to develop their practice at the highest level.”

Central's Musical Director Philip Feeney's score for Northern Ballet's 'Victoria' draws critical acclaim

Friday 15th March 2019 Isabel Campbell writes:

Northern Ballet’s new ballet Victoria choreographed by Cathy Marston is currently touring across the UK. The ballet, the score of which is composed by Central’s Musical Director Philip Feeney has been widely met with critical acclaim.

Sanjoy Roy of the Guardian writes “Marston’s choreography is as beautifully orchestrated as Philip Feeney’s cinematic score, which itself does much of the storytelling; design and dramaturgy are equally impressive with lead performances of real depth.”

You can see this exciting new work, with performances from Central alumni at a venue near you in the UK from now until June. View tour dates and book tickets here.

Central success with Ballet Black

Thursday 14th March 2019 Isabel Campbell writes:

Ballet Black's Triple Bill premieres on the 14 March 2019 in London at the Barbican Centre before touring across England until June.

Two of the three works are choreographed by Central alumnus Mthuthuzeli November, and current Central MA Choreography student Sophie Laplane.

Central is delighted that our relationship with Ballet Black continues to be so strong with Cassa Pancho MBE, Founder and Artistic Director of Ballet Black being a Patron of Central, and Central's Director Heidi Hall serving on the Board of Trustees of Ballet Black.

Book tickets to see Ballet Black's Triple Bill on tour here.

Central celebrates the life of Christopher Gable

Wednesday 13th March 2019 Isabel Campbell writes:

Today we celebrate the life of Christopher Gable, Founder of Central who was born on this day in 1940. Christopher’s aim was to put theatricality at the heart of classical ballet performances, and this continues to influence the training that Central offers.

Kenneth MacMillan’s House of Birds is part of the Ballet Central 2019 repertoire. Christopher recreated the lead male role of this ballet, inspired by the macabre fairtyale 'Jorinda and Joringel' in 1963 (pictured here alongside Maryon Lane)..

Image by Keith Money.

English National Ballet dancer and alumnus of Central returns to lead workshops

Friday 1st March 2019 Isabel Campbell writes:

Sarah Kundi, an alumnus of Central, and dancer with English National Ballet has been leading workshops with students on the Foundation degree programme at Central this term.

Sarah has been sharing her experience of working as a professional dancer with world-renowned choreographers through teaching the students excerpts of predominantly contemporary repertoire.

Sarah says “I try to focus on the different styles and techniques of the pieces, whilst allowing the students the opportunity to grasp and really explore the range of movement and detail required within them.”

Iryna Pyzniuk, Head of Studies at Central says “Working with visiting dancers and choreographers is part of the Contextual Studies programme, a core module on Central’s Foundation Degree in Professional Dance and Performance. The students have enjoyed the challenge of learning complex repertoire, exploring different stylistic features, working with precision and focus. These experiences serve as excellent preparation for Ballet Central in the third year.”

Sarah goes onto say "For me, going back to teach at Central School of Ballet is like going home. It holds a very special place in my heart, as it's where my journey started. It's always an honour to go back and share all that I have learned during my career to the younger generation. These experiences will most definitely help the students become more versatile, knowledgeable and well-rounded dancers, which inevitably will hopefully prepare them for their future careers."

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