Central School Of Ballet

Central School of Ballet announces naming of new Southwark building in honour of patron HRH The Countess of Wessex

Thursday 27th February 2020 Leona Hayhoe writes:

Central announced on 27th February 2020, that its new bespoke premises in Paris Garden in the London Borough of Southwark, part of the South Bank arts community, will be named after the school’s Royal Patron, HRH The Countess of Wessex. The Countess visited Paris Garden during the morning of 27th February, met students, staff and supporters, and unveiled a plaque for the new building which will now be known as “The Countess of Wessex Studios”. This reflects Central’s sincere gratitude for the continued interest and support provided by Her Royal Highness for the project and its broad objectives for exemplary dance industry training and benefit to the local community.

Students on Central’s undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes will begin using the new South Bank premises during the summer term in a phased move from the school’s existing home in Clerkenwell, with the school being fully operational there in the new academic year in September.

The new Paris Gardens premises will feature amenities to rival dance training facilities anywhere in the UK; seven studios, a fully equipped studio theatre, study and resource centres. The fit-out will include a state-of-the-art health suite providing psychology, nutrition, physiotherapy, Pilates and recovery from injury programme. The aim is to become a hub for a dynamic dance community combining excellence in dance training for those aiming for a professional career and a programme of opportunities for the local Southwark community.

Heidi Hall, Director of Central School of Ballet, said: “Our much-anticipated move will allow Central to provide exceptional facilities to match our world-class training for the benefit of our degree level students, for young people with an early passion for dance and the wider community to enjoy for exercise or recreation. Bringing everyone together in one place has been a long-held aim and we are forever grateful to The Countess for her support and enthusiasm as our Royal Patron.”

Heidi continued: “We also appreciate Southwark Council and Cllr Peter John for their support of Central’s work, and are thankful for all our loyal supporters who have believed in our passion and determination to deliver this project.”

Design for Dance collaboration with Central Saint Martins

Monday 24th February 2020 Leona Hayhoe writes:

This term, second-year students at Central have been collaborating with students at Central Saint Martins on the annual Design for Dance project.

All second-year students are required to create a piece of choreography for the choreography module on the BA programme. Five of these students have been paired with second-year students at Central Saint Martins to collaborate on the design for their pieces, including costumes and lighting. This year, the students taking part are Alessia Bartoletti, Lucy Gerrard, Olivia Johnstone, Sam Banks and Jake Tang.

Students from Rambert School and London Studio Centre have also taken part in the project.

The project concludes with a series of performances at The Platform Theatre 26-29 February.

Email platformboxoffice@arts.ac.uk to book tickets.

Central students performing with English National Ballet principal Alina Cococjaru

Friday 21st February 2020 Leona Hayhoe writes:

Jake Milston, Brandon Bache, Joe Watson, Ryu Maeda, Alfie McPherson and Eri Zyla will perform in Frederick Ashton’s iconic Marguerite and Armand beside the world-renowned ballerina in her self-titled show at Sadler’s Wells this week.

The programme also includes a variety of other classical pieces and contemporary works by Tim Rushton, Juliano Nunes and Johan Kobborg. The performances will be interspersed by short films about Cojocaru’s life and career.

“This is a wonderful learning opportunity for some of our second and third year boys. Particularly as the third years prepare for the Ballet Central tour, the chance to perform beside Alina Cocojaru on a professional stage and rehearse in a professional environment is invaluable. The BA degree programme at Central is designed to prepare students for future employment and our students take part in many events and performances such as this throughout their degree. Thank you again to Alina Cocojaru and Sadler’s Wells for inviting our students to perform.” Christopher Marney, Artistic Director

Book tickets to see the show here.

For more details about Central’s BA (Hons) Degree in Professional Dance and Performance, please see here.

Senior School Manager Job Opening

Tuesday 18th February 2020 Leona Hayhoe writes:

Central is looking for a new Senior School Manager

We are looking to recruit an experienced administrator to oversee the administration and operations of auditions, admissions, registry, timetabling and assessments for Central’s Higher Education degree programmes.

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

Application closing date: Tues 3 March 5pm

Interviews: Thurs 12 March

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