Central School Of Ballet

Central students perform graduation solos

Friday 12th July 2019 Isabel Campbell writes:

This afternoon Central's third year students performed their graduation solos in front of first and second year students and all staff.

This assessment forms part of the BA degree programme's Dissertation Module. For this they must research, develop and perform a solo from an existing ballet or contemporary repertoire. Following the selection of a solo the student undertakes extensive research to support the public performance of the solo to a high standard, including historical and cultural context costuming and rehearsal processes.

Students perform their solo twice; firstly at Central and secondly at the end of the annual Summer Performance week, before their final Graduation Ceremony and Tea, on Saturday 20 July at Bloomsbury Theatre.

Stay tuned, as next week we share some of the students' graduation solo stories!

Central launches graduate survey

Friday 12th July 2019 Isabel Campbell writes:

The Conservatoire for Dance and Drama is conducting a comprehensive survey into the outcomes of courses and vocational training delivered by the schools and organisations in the group. As a member school Central is calling on all our alumni to take part and share the survey as widely as possibly.

The Conservatoire for Dance and Drama are interested to know how our graduates' training has benefited their career direction they have chosen. Central would be very grateful for all alumni to participate in this important research that helps to give a comprehensive overview of the value of vocational training and will help to plan for the future. The information is anonymous.

Complete the survey on Survey Monkey..

Central encourages graduates to keep in touch with Central ahead of our impending to move to brand new premises in the South Bank area of London. If you are a Central alumnus and have not received an email from us, contact centralalumni@csbschool.co.uk to make sure you're on Central's database.

Countdown to Central's annual Summer Performance

Friday 12th July 2019 Isabel Campbell writes:

The countdown to Central’s annual Summer Performances at the Bloomsbury Theatre in London has begun. In just under one week’s time, on 18 and 19 July, students from across all three-year groups of Central’s Foundation and BA degree programmes will take to the stage in celebration of their achievements this academic year.

The students will perform a range of classical and contemporary repertoire showcasing their talent, technique and artistry, including the premiere of a new neo-classical work ‘Vossa Sinfonia’ by Royal Ballet Guest Principal Artist Thiago Soares.

The repertoire will also include works by MA Choreography students; Hidden, a contemporary work created by Sandrine Monin and a 1950’s inspired ballet Rock ‘n’ Rollcreated by Jenna Lee.

The students will perform a new creation entitled All in Four by Central Contemporary Tutor Leanne King, featuring a new musical composition by Central’s Musical Director Philip Feeney.

Louise Bennett has re-developed and expanded her neo-classical work, Twin Figures which she originally created for Ballet Central in 2009.

Finally, two pieces from the Ballet Central 2019 tour will feature in the Summer Performances – Calvin Richardson’s Dying Swanand Christopher Marney’s Carousel.

Stay tuned to Central's social media as we introduce the choreographers and share more about their performance and choreographic experience.

Tickets are still available for all shows and can be booked on the Bloomsbury Theatre website.

Central's first year student success celebrated in the media

Tuesday 9th July 2019 Isabel Campbell writes:

This month, Central is celebrating the success of our students who have completed their first year of training on the Foundation Degree programme in Professional Dance and Performance. This is in advance of the Summer Performances at the Bloomsbury Theatre, London taking place on 18 and 19 July, where all three year groups will perform a selection of contemporary and classical repertoire.

Many of the students are being featured in their local newspapers and local radio stations – last week Owen Horsford spoke on BBC Radio Kent and Matteo Zecca spoke on BBC Three Counties Radio.

Working with the media at this stage of their careers enables Central students to gain experience and develop skills in public speaking. Representing themselves and the organisation, this skill is something that will be expected of them throughout their professional performance careers.

Speaking about the experience of appearing on his local radio station, Owen said “It was really exciting to go along to the BBC studios in London and do the radio interview remotely. The presenter was very enthusiastic and interested to hear about my development as a dancer which put me at ease and made it a really enjoyable experience. The media training I received beforehand was really useful and ensured that I was well prepared and confident on the day. The main skill I have gained from this is a better understanding of how to communicate effectively in a professional setting, and how enjoyable this can be.”

You can listen back to Owen’s interview here(2 hours in).

Central announces Dance Day and Audition dates for September 2020 entry

Monday 8th July 2019 Isabel Campbell writes:

Central is pleased to announce the Dance Day and Audition Dates for September 2020 entry onto the Foundation Degree programme in Professional Dance and Performance, accredited by the University of Kent.

See dates below:

Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 November 2019: Glasgow - The Dance School of Scotland

Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 December 2019: London – Central School of Ballet

Sunday 9 February 2020: London - Central School of Ballet (Audition only)

Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 February 2020: Leeds – Northern Ballet

Where there are two dates, the first will be the Dance Day and the second the Audition Day.

We recommend that those intending to audition for Central attend a Central Dance Day. These days are comprised of a series of taster classes in contemporary and ballet for students aged 12-16, led by Central degree programme tutors. They are designed to encourage and inspire student's current dance training and serve as a taste of life at Central.

Applications for the Dance Days will open shortly, with applications for Audition Days going live in October.

Learn more about Dance Days here.

Learn more about Audition Days here. The Course Outline and Prospectus for the Degree Programme are available here.

Central students perform at festival launch

Monday 8th July 2019 Isabel Campbell writes:

On Friday last week Central third year students performed with JLee Productions at Devonshire Square as part of the launch of the International Women in Art Festival (5-26 July).

The WeWork Devonshire Square team have curated a programme of free arts events celebrating the achievements of women in the arts, both as performers and as educators.

The festival is raising awareness and funds in aid of the Pink Ribbon Foundation - donations can be made at collection boxes at the ground floor reception desks.

Learn more here, on the Devonshire Square website.

Central tutor wins gold at International Powerlifting Championships

Monday 8th July 2019 Isabel Campbell writes:

In June, Central’s second year lady’s ballet tutor, Linda Moran competed at the International Powerlifting Federation World Classic Championships in Helsingborg, Sweden. Linda became the World Champion for her age and weight class, also winning gold medals in the squat and deadlift events and overall second place Best Lifter of her age category.

Linda commented on her achievements: “Boosted by my success at the European Championships in March, I trained hard for the World Championships. Sustaining an injury shortly before the competition meant that I could not train my deadlift, so I focused on the lifts I could do. I went into the competition with a positive mindset, keeping my goals clear and realistic. It is so important for dance students to have SMART goals (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time based), and to be able to respond to set-backs with a clear plan of action to maintain motivation and recover and progress with increased knowledge and self-awareness. At Central, the tutors and support staff work closely with the students to ensure a holistic approach to training is maintained, focusing on physical, emotional development and well-being.”

Central announces One Day Ballet Course with Arts and Crafts

Tuesday 2nd July 2019 Isabel Campbell writes:

This summer Central is hosting a series of creative courses for children of all ages and abilities.

Today we are highlighting the One Day Ballet Course with Arts and Crafts for children age 4-7 years, taking place on Wednesday 14 August.

The day will be themed on the iconic Swan Lake, and participants will take part in a ballet class, repertoire class, and sessions in arts and crafts exploring the theme further.

At £30.00 per place, we expect this to sell out shortly.

Book now on Central's website here..

In rehearsal with Louise Bennett for Central's Summer Performance

Monday 1st July 2019 Isabel Campbell writes:

Rehearsals continue this week for Central's Summer Performances.

Pictured is Louise Bennett rehearsing her work Twin Figures with Central's first year students, ahead of the performances at the Bloomsbury Theatre on July 18 and 19.

Louise is delighted to be revisiting Twin Figures and to be re-developing and expanding the piece for a new cast of dancers. Louise explains "'Twin Figureswas made for Ballet Central in 2009, in collaboration with a cast of nine dancers. We created the piece through word-based choreographic tasks and our collective response to Martinů's dynamic and energetic Cello Sonata. We found that small narratives evolved within a neo-classical structure."

Twin Figures is one of seven pieces of repertoire that will form Central's annual Summer Performance. This is a chance to see over 100 dancers from all three year groups perform a variety of classical and contemporary repertoire.

Book tickets now online, or call the Box Office on 020 3108 1000.

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