Central School Of Ballet

The importance of Improvisation in dance training

Friday 18th October 2019 Isabel Campbell writes:

As the first half-term of the 2019/20 academic year draws to a close we are reflecting on the inspirational Improvisation classes that guest tutor Laura Lorenzi led in the September warm-up week.

See below a Q&A with Laura who tells us more about the classes and the importance of this discipline in training to be a professional dancer.

How did you structure your classes?

"I began the classes by guiding the whole group through imagery and physical instruction, encouraging them to keep their attention and focus as they explored possibilities of movement. I then set them shorter tasks in smaller groups of twos, threes and fours. I promoted reflection and verbal exchange between them after each task was proposed."

What did the students respond particularly well to?

"The students clearly enjoyed working with the music and moving to different layers of the soundscape, approaching each with different qualities. Many also responded very well to improvising with their eyes closes, because they censored less what they were doing, feeling free of judgement. The students' technical training was very apparent from the way that they moved and many demonstrated a great versatility."

How does improvisation inform the students' classical and contemporary dance training at Central?

"Improvisation is a discipline that helps the students to connect to themselves and their personal way of moving in a way that complements their other technical training. It pushes the students to face fears and self consciousness, allowing them to feel comfortable taking risks while moving. Improvisation tasks also promote a different kind of attention and thought process. Cultivating the personality and uniqueness of these young dancers is essential to their success in the industry, both as performers and choreographers. Improvisation is one of the tools to start the process of self enquiry."

Laura trained at London Contemporary Dance School, and following graduation in 2015 has performed in works by Anders Duckworth, Quang Kien Van and many more. Laura is also one of the founding members of The Sparse Collective, a group of international dance artists who specialise in Improvisation into Performance; with whom she has performed internationally.

Find out more about Laura here

Applications for Foundation and BA degree programmes open

Friday 18th October 2019 Isabel Campbell writes:

Applications are now open for 2020 entry onto Central's Foundation and BA Degree programmes in Professional Dance and Performance, accredited by University of Kent.

Preliminary auditions will be held as follows:

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

Sunday 8 December 2019: London – Central School of Ballet

Sunday 9 February 2020: London - Central School of Ballet

Sunday 16 February 2020: Leeds – Northern Ballet

Final auditions will take place on Sunday 22 March at Central School of Ballet in London.

Apply for the degree programmes here.

In Leeds, Glasgow and in London there will be Dance Days held the day prior to the audition for students age 12-16 years. This an excellent opportunity to experience Central's vocational training with classes including classical ballet and contemporary dance.

Apply for a Dance Day here.

Central students perform in Bulgari film

Thursday 17th October 2019 Isabel Campbell writes:

Six Central students star in Bulgari film ‘Serpenti’ celebrating the Bvlgari Heritage collection.

The film which premiered this summer in Rome at the “Bulgari – The Story, The Dream” exhibition was directed and produced by Not Flat 3 and choreographed by Central’s Creative Projects Manager Leanne King.

Nada Debaumont from Not Flat 3 says “In celebration of the Bulgari Heritage Collection the film focuses on how dance, the body, light and jewellery intertwine to create compelling, enchanting and fleeting visual moments. The mystic serpenti motif celebrates the brands iconic Roman heritage and is an entrancing symbol used to weave through Bulgari’s history.”

The film in which Central students (Erin King, Emily Pohl Keiko Tsuchiya, Ella Slingsby, Annabee Fleming and Runa Oka) perform movement and dance was recorded in March 2018 at Central Saint Martins.

Speaking about the choreography Leanne King says “I created short sections of movement so that they could be adjusted and changed to show off the jewellery to its best.”

Leanne continues “The project was an opportunity for the students to work and perform in an environment hugely different to what they are used to. They were required to perform the choreography multiple times for different takes, enabling them to experience a non-linear way of working. They were required to adapt quickly to new ideas and were encouraged to think for themselves.”

Central is committed to working collaboratively with external organisations and companies to give our students professional performance experience during their training.

Watch the film here.

Credits:

Production and direction: Not Flat 3

Choreography: Leanne King

Photo credits: Calum Barlow

Live brief: Central Saint Martins

For: Bulgari

Central 2019 graduate joins Ballet Black

Thursday 10th October 2019 Isabel Campbell writes:

This week, 2019 Central graduate Alexander Fadayiro joined Ballet Black as an Apprentice Artist.

Alexander is just the eighth dancer to join the company, founded and directed by Central Patron Cassa Pancho.

During his final year training at Central, Alex. was a member of Central's touring company Ballet Central, and also a Student Associate with Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures, with whom he continued to perform with until this Autumn in productions including Swan Lake and Romeo and Juliet.

Central wishes Alexander many congratulations and every success in this next stage of his professional performance career.

Ballet Central return to Cambridge for Nutcracker shows

Wednesday 2nd October 2019 Isabel Campbell writes:

This December Ballet Central will return to the ADC Theatre in Cambridge for a limited run of eight performances of the festive favourite ‘The Nutcracker’.

Directed by Artistic Director Christopher Marney, Ballet Central will present their enchanting 45-minute version of the classic Christmas ballet. This is a show designed for families, introducing children of all ages to a new version of the dance favourite performed to the iconic Tchaikovsky score.

Early booking is recommended for these unique performances. Designed to make the show accessible to all, tickets are priced at just £10 and available at www.adctheatre.com or the ADC Theatre Box Office on 01223 300085.

The eight performances take place over three days:

Tuesday 17th December 4.30pm, 6.30pm

Wednesday 18th December 2.30pm, 4.30pm, 6.30pm

Thursday 19th December 2.30pm, 4.30pm

Comments from last year’s performance in Cambridge:

Members of the audience, 2018

A bite-sized, magical & touching Nutcracker for everyone to fall in love with."

"Outstanding performance! What a lovely fantasy world!".

"[I was] charmed by the abridged Nutcracker production by Ballet Central. My 5 year old son loved it and I thought it was superb! Thanks for a delightful evening out."

Dance Europe, 2018

"The young audience were thrilled."

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