Central School Of Ballet

Central to hold auditions in Tokyo, Japan

Friday 17th January 2020 Leona Hayhoe writes:

Central will once again travel to Tokyo, Japan to hold auditions for the three-year degree programme.

Artistic Director Christopher Marney and 1st Year Boys Tutor Christopher Hinton-Lewis will audition the hopeful dancers on February 8th and 9th.

Central has a long history of recruiting excellent students from Japan and have welcomed many Japanese dancers through its doors over the years.

Any dancers selected will join us for the academic year 2020/21 to study for a two-year Foundation Degree in Professional Dance and Performance, followed by a further year of training to complete a BA (Hons) Degree, both accredited by the University of Kent.

“Japanese student dancers show enormous commitment to training, work hard and are focused on achievement. These are qualities, along with the required talent, that are the pre-requisites for a career as a professional dancer. Central has been recruiting directly from Japan for nearly 30 years and interest continues to grow. We visit Japan every year and run master classes in ballet and contemporary dance with local dance schools in Japan so that potential students can learn about what we have to offer at Central and where our training may lead for future employment.” Christopher Marney, Artistic Director.

For further details (in Japanese), see the event page for the auditions here.

For any inquiries about the Japan auditions, please use the following contact form https://thewells.co.jp/contact

For details of our UK auditions, please see here.

Second year Central School of Ballet students perform at Northern Ballet’s 50th anniversary gala

Tuesday 7th January 2020 Leona Hayhoe writes:

Two Central School of Ballet students were invited to perform at Northern Ballet’s 50th anniversary gala on 4th January.

Matteo Zecca and Ellise de Andrade performed the enchanting Fireside Pas de Deux from Christopher Gable’s Cinderella, originally choreographed for Northern Ballet during his time as Artistic Director.

Central School of Ballet was the only school invited to perform alongside premier dance companies such as The Royal Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet, English National Ballet, Scottish Ballet, The Joffrey Ballet and Phoenix Dance Theatre.

The evening also paid tribute to Central’s founder Christopher Gable, who served as Artistic Director to Northern Ballet for over ten years. Christopher’s wife Carole attended the gala with his long-time collaborator and friend, composer Philip Feeney. In a pre-recorded video shown during the gala, Carole spoke about Christopher’s life and legacy and the role he had in shaping Northern Ballet into the leading company it is today.

“Artistic Director David Nixon celebrated the influence of Northern Ballet on the dance industry on Saturday night. He highlighted the contribution of both Christopher Gable and Philip Feeney to the success of the company. Performing alongside world class dancers is an experience our students will never forget. We are grateful to David for this unique opportunity and for his continued support of Central in his capacity as Artistic Advisor to the school." Heidi Hall, Director of Central School of Ballet.

Company Manager Job Opening

Thursday 2nd January 2020 Leona Hayhoe writes:

Central is looking for a new Company Manager.

We are looking to recruit an experienced Company Manager to work on the Ballet Central national tour.

Responsibilities include assisting in all aspects of the planning and smooth running of the Ballet Central Tour, supporting the Artistic Director and working with the Ballet Central Rehearsal Coach to deliver a quality and cost-effective tour as part of the BA (Hons) Professional Dance & Performance programme.

For further information and an application form, please visit the recruitment page on our website.

Application closing date: Sunday 12 January 2020

Interviews: Week of 20 January 2020

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