Central School Of Ballet


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

Calendar Posted 4 December 2019

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]?

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