Central School Of Ballet

Central alumnus and Artistic Advisor win at 2020 Olivier Awards

Friday 30th October 2020 Leona Hayhoe writes:

Central is pleased to share that alumnus Mthuthuzeli November and Artistic Advisor Sir Matthew Bourne were both presented with Olivier Awards during the awards broadcast on Sunday 25 October.

Mthuthuzeli November won Best New Dance Production for his production of Ingoma for Ballet Black at the Barbican Theatre and Royal Opera House – Lindbury Theatre.

Mthuthuzeli November joined Central in 2015 from the Cape Academy of Performing Arts (CAPA) to perform with our touring company Ballet Central. Upon leaving Central, he joined Ballet Black as an Apprentice Artist from September 2015 where he has continued to grow and thrive as an artist and choreographer.

Sir Matthew Bourne won Best Theatre Choreographer for Mary Poppins at the Prince Edward Theatre, an award he shares with Co-Choreographer Stephen Mear. Following this win, he becomes the individual with the most Oliviers in the history of the awards.

Sir Matthew Bourne has been an Artistic Advisor at Central for several years and many graduates have gone on to successful careers at Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures Company.

The Olivier Awards are run by Society of London Theatre (SOLT) and are the most prestigious theatre awards in the UK. The winners are decided by a group of distinguished industry professionals, theatre luminaries and members of the public specifically chosen for their passion for London theatre.

Congratulations to the rest of the winners and all those who were nominated at this year’s Olivier Awards.

Ballet Central to launch a new original film of the classic Christmas ballet Nutcracker told through the 12 Days of Christmas

Tuesday 20th October 2020 Leona Hayhoe writes:

This Christmas, Ballet Central will present a new 30 minute film based on the classic Nutcracker tale at the ADC Theatre in Cambridge.

Directed by Artistic Director Christopher Marney, the film joins Clara as she journeys through the magical Kingdom of Sweets, meeting the famous colourful characters from the iconic Nutcracker tale, from the bickering mice to the Sugar Plum Fairy.

The new film is a chance for audiences to get all the Christmas magic that is synonymous with Nutcracker performed to the iconic Tchaikovsky score. The film has been created to allow for the restrictions and social distancing measures caused by the Covid-19 pandemic which prevent live performances of dance where artists are typically in close contact.

Christopher Marney explains: “Following the success of the Centrally Connected digital programme that enabled Central’s dance students worldwide to continue their dance training while our studios in London were closed, we have created a special original Nutcracker performance in film for Christmas this year. This allows audiences to see the artistry, skill, drama and colour of the timeless Nutcracker in secure surroundings and ensures our dancers continue to perform.”

“Dancers live to perform,” continues Christopher, “so while we won’t experience the thrill of a live audience in Cambridge, we know that the story of Nutcracker will be seen while keeping both audiences and dancers safe.”

Mark Osterfield, Executive Director, comments: “In these challenging times, it is heartening to know that Christopher Marney and Ballet Central will be sharing some exciting dance and Christmas cheer with our audiences, maintaining traditions with typical innovation and verve!”

Early booking is recommended for these unique film screenings. Tickets are priced at just £7 and are available at www.adctheatre.com or the ADC Theatre Box Office on 01223 300085.

The nine film screenings will take place over three days:

Thursday 17th December 2.30pm, 4.30pm, 6.30pm

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

Saturday 19th December 2.30pm, 4.30pm, 6.30pm

Central announces online half-term courses for young people

Tuesday 13th October 2020 Leona Hayhoe writes:

After the success of the Central’s first online Summer School, applications are now open for online courses during the half-term holidays including:

  • One Day Ballet Intensive, 14-16 years (Tuesday 27 October)
  • One Day Ballet Intensive, 14-16 years (Wednesday 28 October)
  • Create Your Own Dance Course, 8-13 years (Wednesday 28 October)
  • Teddy Bear's Picnic Ballet Course, 4-7 years (Monday 26 October)

Central's half-term courses are an opportunity for participants age 4-16 years to experience a range of dance styles at varying levels.

The One Day Ballet Intensives will be taught by Central’s degree programme teaching faculty and will include classes in Ballet, Pointe, Allegro and Pilates as well as a discussion regarding Central’s Foundation Degree and BA in Professional Dance and Performance.

For the first time, Central will also offer a Create Your Own Dance Course for girls and boys where participants will be able to choose which classes on the timetable they would like to attend. Subject to the participants’ age and ability, classes will include Ballet, Pilates, Jazz, Contemporary and Creative Choreography as well as girls only classes in Preparation for Pointe and Repertoire.

Central is also pleased to offer an online Teddy Bear’s Picnic themed Ballet class for 4-7 year old boys and girls. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in a fun, interactive Ballet class, alongside their favourite toy, that will unleash their creativity and spark their imagination.

Further details: https://bit.ly/3jVjZxr

How to apply: https://bit.ly/2SN6vrU

Director of Higher Education Job Vacancy

Tuesday 6th October 2020 Leona Hayhoe writes:

Central is looking to recruit an experienced Director of Higher Education to lead at an Executive level on the planning, delivery, and evaluation of its three Higher Education programmes (Foundation and BA in Professional Dance and Performance, and MA in Choreography), all validated by the University of Kent.

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

Application closing date: Sunday 25 October

Interviews: Week commencing Monday 2 November

Course Lead MA Choreography Job Vacancy

Tuesday 6th October 2020 Leona Hayhoe writes:

Central is looking to recruit a part-time member of staff to lead and manage the MA Choreography programme, validated by the University of Kent.

Responsibilities include the co-ordination of the MA Choreography curriculum, mentoring choreographers on the completion of module work and overseeing the marking of assessments.

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

Application closing date: Sunday 25 October

Interviews: Week commencing Monday 2 November

Sunday adult classes to recommence on 11th October

Monday 5th October 2020 Leona Hayhoe writes:

Sunday adult classes will recommence on 11th October at our studios at Herbal Hill. This as a first step towards a full programme of adult classes to include evenings, to be advised at a later date.

The new timetable for Sunday classes will be as follows:

11:30-13:00 - Intermediate/Advanced Ballet with Dmitri Gruzdev

12:30-14:00 - Intermediate Ballet with Hubert Essakow

12:45-14:15 - Complete Beginners Ballet with Hannah Frost

13:30-15:00 - Intermediate/Advanced Ballet with Denzil Bailey

14:30-16:00 - Contemporary African with Francis Angol

14:45-16:15 - Improver Ballet with Hannah Frost

All adult class bookings will now be made online through Gymcatch. Participants will need to either download the Gymcatch mobile app from the App Store or the Play Store or use the web app at app.gymcatch.com and register for an account. Once an account has been created, participants can book classes through the Central School of Ballet page on Gymcatch here.

See here for further details, including how to book and attend classes.

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