Central School Of Ballet

Important update from Central - Covid-19 response

Tuesday 17th March 2020 Leona Hayhoe writes:

In line with the latest UK government guidance following the Covid-19 outbreak, and as part of our commitment to the safety and well-being of our students, staff and guests, Central has decided to close its studios in Herbal Hill, Clerkenwell as from 5.30pm this evening 17th March 2020. This closure affects Central Nights classes and Junior and Associate School classes with immediate effect. All staff, following this evening’s closure, will be working remotely.

Students on the undergraduate Foundation and BA (top-up) degrees and the postgraduate MA programme are being advised about continuing training and academic study on a remote basis.

The undergraduate student auditions scheduled for later this week 21st/22nd March have been cancelled and all those involved will be contacted separately about alternative arrangements.

Updates on future Central Nights classes will be publicised on Central’s website centralschoolofballet.co.uk and on social media channels. Junior and Associate School students will be informed via email.

The forthcoming Spring Course scheduled for 4th April 2020 will not go ahead as planned. All Spring Course participants will be notified of alternative arrangements.

A decision about the forthcoming Ballet Central tour will follow in the next few days.

For more information from Public Health England about advice to the public following the Covid-19 outbreak see: https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response

Central School of Ballet announces new MA Choreography programme participants

Thursday 12th March 2020 Leona Hayhoe writes:

Central School of Ballet has announced that former Royal Ballet choreographer Charlotte Edmonds and Matthew Bourne/Ballet Central dancer Natasha Chu have both joined the organisation’s renowned ballet focused MA Choreography programme. The MA takes 18 months on average to complete, providing the opportunity for professional choreographers to hone their skills, engage in research and develop their practice at the highest level.

Charlotte trained at The Royal Ballet Lower School and Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance. She was The Inaugural Young Choreographer at The Royal Ballet (2015 - 2018) and now works as a freelance dance-maker across Europe.

Natasha is a Central School of Ballet graduate gaining a BA (Hons) in Professional Dance and Performance in 2018. For the Ballet Central tour, she performed works by Matthew Bourne, Wayne McGregor and Christopher Gable, and choreographed a piece for the Central’s End of Year Show and later for Ballet Central. After graduating, she joined Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures for the world premiere of Romeo & Juliet, which toured the UK in 2019. She worked with Payne Productions on the research and development for Bluebeard: A Chamber’s Scent and later joined Arielle Smith’s Project Dot.

Louise Ainley, Central’s Director Higher Education Programmes said: “Central’s MA in Choreography continues to provide opportunities to make new work in a context where the art form of dance can be explored, interrogated and extended. The outstanding successes of our MA alumni is assurance that our postgraduate programme continues to support the career development of talent choreographers who in turn are making a significant impact on the dance profession.”

Good luck to outgoing director Heidi Hall

Friday 6th March 2020 Leona Hayhoe writes:

Central wishes all the best of luck to Heidi for the future after her final day as Director of Central School of Ballet.

Heidi has devoted much of her career to Central School of Ballet. She completed her dance training at Central in 1995 which led to a successful performance career. In 2012 Heidi returned to Central as Company Manager to Ballet Central, the organisation’s touring company. She was subsequently promoted to Deputy Director and then in September 2016 appointed as Director of Central School of Ballet. During her tenure she has notably spearheaded the campaign to raise £9m to fund the specific fit-out required for Central’s bespoke new building in Southwark.

Heidi will take on a role as Director of an educational foundation in Cambridge but will remain involved with Central and will join the Board of Governors in April 2020.

Central Success with Boys Move

Thursday 5th March 2020 Leona Hayhoe writes:

On Sunday 1 March, Central held its annual Boys Move day. Established in 2016, this year Central welcomed 30 boys age 8-18 years to take part in the day dedicated to inspiring boys to get into dance, led by all-male tutors and accompanied by all-male musicians.

Highlights of the day included a ballet class led by a member of Central’s Senior School Teaching Faculty; advanced ballet students also took part in a contact improvisation workshop led by Edd Arnold and Nicholas Tredrea and younger boys took part in hip-hop with Bismark Anobah and tumbling with Adam Pudney.

Male students from Central’s undergraduate degree course also assisted teachers throughout the day and took part in a series of ballet demonstrations, inspiring the participants by showcasing what they have been working on in school.

One participant said: “I attended last year and like the idea of being with other boys who share my passion for dance. The teachers are all really helpful and are keen to help you develop and grow as a dancer.”

Central also runs boys only ballet classes as part of the Junior School for ages 8-16 and for more advanced male students, annual auditions for the Associate Programme will take place on Saturday 30 May. The Associate Programme takes place on Saturdays throughout the year and is for secondary school students years 7-11 who wish to receive additional training and pursue ballet more seriously.

For further details about any of our boys courses, please contact Jo Hurst at jo.hurst@csbschool.co.uk

Central’s Musical Director Philip Feeney attracts critical acclaim for ‘The Cellist’

Wednesday 4th March 2020 Leona Hayhoe writes:

The Royal Ballet’s new short ballet The Cellist, choreographed by Cathy Marston, features music by Central’s Musical Director, Philip Feeney.

Whilst playing at the Royal Opera House, Philip Feeney’s score has been widely met with critical acclaim.

“Philip Feeney’s score stylishly weaves sections of du Pré’s famous repertoire (including the Elgar concerto) into his own composition.” The Stage

“lifted on the swell of Philip Feeney’s classics-referencing score” Time Out.

“Philip Feeney’s thrilling orchestral score” The Times

The Cellist is the latest in a series of rewarding collaborations between Philip Feeney and Cathy Marston, including the critically acclaimed Victoria which received its world premiere by Northern Ballet in 2019.

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