Central School Of Ballet

MA Choreographer Anjali Mehra leads workshops with Ballet Central

Friday 20th September 2019 Isabel Campbell writes:

Central MA Choreographer Anjali Mehra has for the past two weeks been working in the studio with the third years students (Ballet Central dancers). Anjali has had five two-hour sessions to workshop new choreography in collaboration with the students. This work forms part of Module 2 of the MA Choreography degree programme which focuses on exploring the process of creating choreography.

Anjali says “Initially we worked on the dancers’ spatial awareness and sense of unity as I wanted all the dancers to be dancing together. We then focused on tasks where the students were involved in creating their own movements. Bringing these elements together we will also focus on partner work, performance and intention.”

“The greatest inspiration for this work has been having such a large group of hard-working versatile dancers. As an alumnus of Central myself, it has been wonderful to return as a choreographer because I understand the ethos of the school and the focus of the students’ training and movement. They have demonstrated focus, openness and imagination throughout the sessions which has really supported the creative process.”

Opportunities to work with professional choreographers such as Anjali offer Central’s students a taste of the creative professional environment they will be working in after graduation.

Learn more about Central’s MA Choreography programme here.

Central’s 2019/20 academic year commences

Tuesday 10th September 2019 Isabel Campbell writes:

On Monday 9 September the first term of the 2019/20 academic year commenced. Central is pleased to have welcomed new and returning students who will be training on the Foundation and BA degree programmes in Professional Dance and Performance, accredited by the University of Kent.

Over the next two weeks all students will be participating in a unique warm-up timetable, designed to prepare them for the intense term of training, rehearsals and performances ahead. Classes the students will be taking over the next fortnight include: ballet, choreography, drama, yoga, Pilates, fitness and anatomy.

Pictured are the 2019/20 cohort of First Year students with ballet tutors Christopher Hinton-Lewis and Julia Ellis.

Central alumni perform on BBC One’s ‘Peaky Blinders’

Monday 9th September 2019 Isabel Campbell writes:

On Sunday evening, two Central alumni appeared in the new episode of Peaky Blinders on BBC One.

2008 graduate Brenda Lee Grech and 2012 graduate Jacob Wye, both now company members at Rambert performed Swan Lake choreographed by Rambert artistic director Benoit Swan Pouffer.

"An independent dance company, dedicated to bringing ballet to the people." - Thomas Shelby on Rambert

You can watch the episode now on BBC iPlayer here.

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