Central School Of Ballet


Central’s first online summer school met with praise

Calendar Posted 17 August 2020

From 27 July to 7 August we welcomed students taking part in Central’s first virtual summer school following a successful term of online teaching and training.

The five and ten day courses were designed specifically to provide an insight into classical ballet training. Participants took part in three to four classes each day including a 75 minute mixed ballet class, pointe classes for girls (dependent on age) and coaching for boys. Students on the ten day course also had the chance to take part in two small group coaching sessions, a Q+A session with tutors who train our Foundation and BA undergraduate students and a ballet masterclass with Artistic Director, Christopher Marney.

Feedback from students and parents has been very positive:

"My child really enjoyed the summer school and we were all so impressed with how the week was put together digitally. It is the closest they have had to a studio experience in months. Thank you so much to all involved.”

“The teachers were so organised and nurturing. They were very responsive and care about each child and their welfare whilst dancing from home.”

“It is an amazing opportunity to be taught by the degree programme tutors in small, focused classes.”

Debra Cougill, Central’s Head of Widening Participation and Access said: “Following the success of the Centrally Connected online classes for our Junior School and Associates, we made the decision to move our annual International Summer School online as well. Students from across Europe and as far afield as Japan took part, all taught by tutors from degree programmes and guest teachers. We have been delighted with the commitment and focus of those who took part and the progress they have made."

If you are interested in further classes to prepare for a future performing career, please see here for more details about our Associate School.

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