Central School Of Ballet

Central School of Ballet students set to dazzle in English National Ballet’s Nutcracker this Christmas

Wednesday 11th December 2019 Leona Hayhoe writes:

Two Central School of Ballet students will appear in the English National Ballet’s production of the Nutcracker at the London Coliseum this Christmas.

Third year students Karya Duru and Emily Pohl will dance in iconic scenes such as the Russian dance and the Waltz of the Snowflakes in this classic Christmas ballet.

Karya and Emily are currently in the third year of their BA (Hons) Degree in Professional Dance and Performance. As part of their degree, third year students form a touring company, Ballet Central, and often take on other professional commitments. This helps to prepare them for future employment in the dance industry.

Book tickets to see English National Ballet’s production of the Nutcracker at the London Coliseum from 11 December to 5 January here. For more details about our accredited degree programme, please see here.

Thank you for supporting Central School of Ballet students in The Big Give Christmas Challenge 2019.

Tuesday 10th December 2019 Leona Hayhoe writes:

Together we raised an outstanding £20,895 online (including match-funding) plus £2,360 in Gift Aid.

Central sends its heartfelt thanks for every donation we received. Your support is changing lives for students in need. By hitting our target, 10 aspiring dancers in our Associate School (Preps and Pre-Seniors) will receive bursaries of £500 towards the costs of preparing for vocational training – and 6 talented undergraduates will receive bursaries of £2,500 towards the costs of vocational training. We cannot thank you enough for embracing the Christmas Challenge with such enthusiasm.

Central also wants to thank everyone who worked hard behind the scenes, promoting our Campaign and encouraging your friends, colleagues and wider networks to support us. It is thanks to your dedication that we can turn amazing opportunities like The Big Give Christmas Challenge into such a success and ensure that the most talented young dancers can thrive at Central regardless of their financial circumstances.

2019 graduate, Alexander Fadayiro, asks you to donate to Central’s Big Give campaign

Thursday 5th December 2019 Leona Hayhoe writes:

Currently an Apprentice Artist with Ballet Black, Alexander graduated earlier this year and benefitted from a bursary during his time at Central.

Alexander was born in Kingston-Upon-Thames and quickly discovered a passion for dance. He joined Central on our undergraduate programme and had the opportunity to dance with some of the world’s most renowned dance companies. For example, he became a Student Associate in 2018/19 for Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake before graduating in July 2019 and joining Ballet Black.

During his undergraduate, Alexander was awarded a bursary to assist him financially. Coming from a single parent household, this helped to relieve the financial burden from his mother who has supported his dance career from an early age.

Any young person with the talent and determination to succeed in the dance industry deserves the chance to attend the best schools and receiving an outstanding dance education, regardless of financial limitations. Donate at the Big Give to double your donation and help us fund bursaries for more students like Alexander.

Get the word out. Can you help raise awareness of our Christmas Challenge campaign? Central would love to hear from you if you would like to share our campaign with your colleagues, friends and wider networks. Why not put up a poster, share our flyer, and support our social media campaign [Facebook, Twitter, Instagram]?

Previous Central student, Andrei Iliescu (2015 graduate), encourages supporters to donate to the Big Give

Wednesday 4th December 2019 Leona Hayhoe writes:

Now a performer in the West End production of Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre, a bursary helped to kick start Andrei’s dance career.

Born in Romania, Andrei started dancing at 11 and after winning his first major competition moved to Bucharest to further his dance career. At 17, he competed in the prestigious ballet competition ‘Prix de Lausanne’ in Switzerland. Following his success at the competition, he was awarded a full scholarship to attend Central School of Ballet.

While his tuition was paid for by the scholarship, Andrei found the cost of living in London to be expensive for a young student living away from his family. Receiving a bursary in his third year enabled Andrei to stop worrying about how he was going to pay his rent and instead focus on his studies.

Donating to Central during the Big Give would allow us to fund six more bursaries of £2,500 each for undergraduates studying towards our BA (Hons) in Professional Dance and Performance. This would allow more students like Andrei to study at an internationally renowned school without the worry of financial burdens limiting their training.

Click here to donate at the Big Give and whatever you decide to give, please know it will be truly appreciated and will make a practical difference to a student in need.

Get the word out. Can you help raise awareness of our Christmas Challenge campaign? Central would love to hear from you if you would like to share our campaign with your colleagues, friends and wider networks. Why not put up a poster, share our flyer, and support our social media campaign [Facebook, Twitter, Instagram]?

The Big Give Christmas Challenge is now live

Tuesday 3rd December 2019 Leona Hayhoe writes:

The Big Give Christmas Challenge is now live

Donate now at The Big Give to help change the lives of Central students in need.

Central School of Ballet is raising vital funding for hardship bursaries through The Big Give Christmas Challenge. This is a life-changing opportunity; all donations made through The Big Give will be doubled with twice the impact for our students.

Bursaries change lives

Our students say it best: “Bursary support allowed me to dedicate myself to my art-form, focus on my career as a dancer and put my energy towards my goals. Without the burden of financial stress, I can flourish and become the best artist I can be.” Central Student (Ladies).

Central saw the potential in us… will you?

Double your donation with The Big Give Christmas Challenge. The Big Give welcomes donations of all sizes from £5 to £5,000. Donate the amount of your choosing or support one of the examples below.

• £2,500 could fund a vital bursary for one undergraduate in need

• £500 could fund a vital bursary for one Associate School Preps/Pre-Senior pupil in need

• £100 could help one undergraduate purchase compulsory uniform for daily dance classes

• £45 could purchase a pair of pointe shoes/£25 could purchase a pair of dance shoes to help a student thrive in their training.

Whatever you decide to give, please know it will be truly appreciated and will make a practical difference to a student in need.

Thank you for supporting Central students

Central sends its heartfelt thanks for your continued support, commitment and enthusiasm. Together we can make the 2019 Christmas Challenge our best yet and change the lives of Central students in need.

Do keep in touch with Central’s progress in The Big Give on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and help us get the word out to your colleagues, friends and wider networks.

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