Central School Of Ballet


Central's first year student success celebrated in the media

Calendar Posted 9 July 2019

This month, Central is celebrating the success of our students who have completed their first year of training on the Foundation Degree programme in Professional Dance and Performance. This is in advance of the Summer Performances at the Bloomsbury Theatre, London taking place on 18 and 19 July, where all three year groups will perform a selection of contemporary and classical repertoire.

Many of the students are being featured in their local newspapers and local radio stations – last week Owen Horsford spoke on BBC Radio Kent and Matteo Zecca spoke on BBC Three Counties Radio.

Working with the media at this stage of their careers enables Central students to gain experience and develop skills in public speaking. Representing themselves and the organisation, this skill is something that will be expected of them throughout their professional performance careers.

Speaking about the experience of appearing on his local radio station, Owen said “It was really exciting to go along to the BBC studios in London and do the radio interview remotely. The presenter was very enthusiastic and interested to hear about my development as a dancer which put me at ease and made it a really enjoyable experience. The media training I received beforehand was really useful and ensured that I was well prepared and confident on the day. The main skill I have gained from this is a better understanding of how to communicate effectively in a professional setting, and how enjoyable this can be.”

You can listen back to Owen’s interview here(2 hours in).

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