Central School Of Ballet

Central MA Choreography student Jenna Lee's ballet 'Puss in Boots' to air on BBC this weekend

Thursday 18th April 2019 Isabel Campbell writes:

This Easter weekend, Central MA Choreography student Jenna Lee's ballet, Puss in Boots will air on Cbeebies and BBC 2.

Jenna was originally commissioned by Northern Ballet last year to reimagine the much loved fairytale Puss in Boots to create a ballet for their UK tour across 30 venues. The ballet is aimed at children and young families as an opportunity for them to experience live dance, music and theatre, perhaps for the first time.

The ballet has now been adapted for television, for preschoolers and families to enjoy. Presented by Maddie Moate and Danny Sebastian and with the inclusion of local school children the ballet will air over Easter at the following times, and will be available to watch on demand on BBC iPlayer after its initial broadcast.

Friday 19th April 9am on CBeebies

Saturday 20th April 6.30am on BBC2

Sunday 21 April 9.20am & 2.35pm on CBeebies

Jenna's work on Puss in Boots with Northern Ballet and the BBC, forms part of the Professional Performance Project module of her MA Choreography degree at Central.

Tutors announced for Central's Boys Move 2019

Thursday 18th April 2019 Isabel Campbell writes:

Edd Arnold and Will Thompson, both dancers with Russell Maliphant company will be leading the Contact workshop at Central's Boys Move day on Sunday 28 April.

Aimed at boys age 8-18 years, from beginners to those with more experience, the day will include a variety of classes including; Ballet, Circus-skills, Capoeira, Stage Combat, Creative workshop and Contact work, all led by male tutors.

Book now on Central's website.

Edd trained at Rambert School before joining National Youth Dance Company and later BalletBoyz. He has worked with world-renowned choreographers including, Jasmin Vardimon, Akram Khan, Liam Scarlett and Ivan Perez.

Will also trained at Rambert School, where during his training he was selected to take part in DV8 Physical Theatres Professional Development. Since graduating he has worked in both film and on stage, performing creations by directors, choreographers and collaborators including; Hannes Langolf, INNE|Iván Pérez, Johannes Wieland, Maciej Kuźmiński and Maxine Doyle.

Ballet Central 2019 tour trailer goes live

Monday 15th April 2019 Isabel Campbell writes:

Ballet Central's 2019 tour trailer is now live. Click here, to watch the trailer made by Laurent Liotardo on Ballet Central's YouTube channel.

Filmed at the beginning of the tour at Stratford Circus Arts, the trailer offers a taste of what audiences across England can expect to see in this year's show. Featuring excerpts from all of the repertoire on this year's tour including; Christopher Marney's Carousel Dances, Frederick Ashton's Valses Nobles et Sentimentales, Jasmin Vardimon's (in between), Calvin Richardson's Dying Swan and Kenneth MacMillan's House of Birds, the trailer highlights the talent and artistry of the Ballet Central dancers.

Book tickets for upcoming performances: www.balletcentral.co.uk

Ballet Central featured on BBC Look East

Friday 12th April 2019 Isabel Campbell writes:

On Thursday evening Ballet Central was featured on BBC Look East live from Theatre Royal, Bury St. Edmunds where they later performed.

The feature included interviews with Artistic Director Christopher Marney and Ballet Central dancers local to the area as well as clips from company class and rehearsals.

The feature highlighted upcoming Ballet Central performances in East Anglia this spring; Cambridge at the ADC Theatre on 22 and 23 April, Norwich at the Norwich Playhouse on 2 May and Chelmsford at the Civic Theatre on 3 May.

You can watch the feature back on BBC iPlayer, at 21 minutes here.

Book tickets for all performances this spring and summer: www.balletcentral.co.uk

Central workshops in Walsall inspire children

Thursday 11th April 2019 Isabel Campbell writes:

This week Central held workshops at Walsall Academy for local primary and secondary school students. Established in 2010, this project aims to encourage dance and creativity in young people.

This year the workshops were themed on Christopher Marney’s Carousel Dances, part of the repertoire for the Ballet Central 2019 tour. The workshops were led by Helen Cox, a Dance Education Specialist and dancers from Ballet Central, Central’s graduate touring company.

Activities in the primary school workshops were based on the theme of the circus. Students were set creative tasks in pairs and small groups. They then shared their work, giving feedback to one another. The secondary school students were taught a phrase from Carousel Dances, which they then added their own phrases to and also shared with their peers. Both groups also took part in Q&A sessions with the Ballet Central dancers, to learn more about life in full-time vocational dance training, and had the opportunity to watch the dancers perform an excerpt from the tour.

Debra Cougill, Head of Central’s Widening Participation and Access Department said “This long standing relationship with Walsall Academy has, over the past 9 years, inspired young people, and their teachers, to participate in dance activities both within and outside of the school curriculum. The project offers them not only the opportunity to take part in a workshop but the classes are followed with a performance by our third year students which, for many of the young children, will be their first experience of seeing dance performed live on stage.”

Virtual Conservatoire performances of 'Otis and Eunice' hailed as a great success

Thursday 4th April 2019 Isabel Campbell writes:

On Friday 29 and Saturday 30 March Central students performed in 'Otis and Eunice', the culmination of the four year Virtual Conservatoire project.

The ambitious project to incorporate the use of digital technologies into live performance has been a collaboration between Central and five other schools; Royal College of Music, Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, LAMDA (London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art), RADA (Royal Academy of Dramatic Art) and Royal Academy of Music.

Following the performances, Virtual Conservatoire project lead for Central, Leanne King said: “The students have acquired new skills from being part of the Virtual Conservatoire project. Dancers don’t usually get the chance to participate in immersive theatre working alongside actors and musicians. They have grown in confidence and have developed a greater understanding of artistic partnerships. For me personally it was an enriching experience that provided a wider perspective of performance and theatre.”

Learn more about the project and the final performance with photos and videos here.

Central's Creative Choreography Day met with praise

Tuesday 2nd April 2019 Isabel Campbell writes:

On Saturday 30 March, Central held the annual Creative Choreography Day for the Prep and Pre-Senior students, aged 11-16 years.

The day was a unique opportunity for the students to be taught by guest artists and work with a choreographer from the Ballet Central tour. Students took part in a range of classes including; a ballet class with guest tutor Cira Robinson, a Senior Artist with Ballet Black, a Dalcroze class with Kaye Barker, a Professor of Dalcroze Eurhythmics at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama as well as a workshop with the Jasmin Vardimon Company, where the dancers learned sections from (in between), part of the repertoire for the Ballet Central 2019 tour.

When asked what they had gained from attending the day, students said:

“…the day opened up my mind to new ideas”

“The Jasmin Vardimon workshop showed me how to interpret different situations and incorporate them into my movements…”

“I loved it! I’ve never done anything like this before and it was such fun…”

“I discovered the importance and value of really being absorbed into the movement…to completely commit to the theme / intention into my voice and breathe when dancing…”

“I absolutely loved this workshop; it was so raw and free and different to what I normally do!”

Applications are currently open for Central's Prep and Pre-Senior programme with auditions to be held on 1 June. Learn more about the programme and apply here.

Third year student joins New Adventures production of 'Romeo & Juliet'

Tuesday 2nd April 2019 Isabel Campbell writes:

Congratulations to third year student and Ballet Central dancer Alexander Fadayiro who joins Matthew Bourne's New Adventures for the company's production of Romeo & Juliet this year.

Alexander will join the company from this week for rehearsals and will perform on their UK tour from May to October.

Alexander was formerly a student associate with New Adventures alongside third year Central student Lewis Bondu. The scheme is in its third year and has helped to launch the careers of all the Central alumni who have taken part.

For a full list of tour dates for Romeo & Juliet and to book tickets, go the New Adventures website.

Alexander is pictured here performing Calvin Richardson's Dying Swan at the opening night of the Ballet Central 2019 tour at Stratford Circus Arts Centre, London on 28 March 2019.

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