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Final Year students in the news featuring online choreographic project

Calendar Posted 21 July 2020

Many of Central’s final year undergraduate students have been featured in local and regional media across the UK highlighting their participation in the online choreographic project created to showcase student talent and skills in lieu of the cancelled Ballet Central tour.

Central’s entire student cohort returned home following the closure of Central’s studios in London due to the global coronavirus pandemic. This new choreographic project was created to allow students to think about performing in a new location in consideration of space, dance skills and even costume. Each student was given the challenge of choreographing and performing a solo to a specially created and coronavirus-inspired piece of music by Central’s composer-in-residence Philip Feeney. The final film features all 27 students and excerpts from their dance pieces. A special 3.30 edit was released on Ballet Central’s YouTube channel Centrally Connected Performs to critical acclaim.

“Terrific film.” Emma Kaldhur, Dance Europe.

Artistic Director Christopher Marney, who led the project, explains: “The choreographic project is a unique collaboration and showcase of leading dance talent. Students have interpreted the music through classical ballet, contemporary dance and other dance genres that they learn in their training. Many of them have had the opportunity to speak about their experiences to the media in their home towns and cities – a great experience for future careers in professional dance.”

Media coverage to date includes:

Sophie Pulford online in Hull is This (with the film):

https://hullisthis.news/hull-ballet-student-participates-in-global-online-choreographic-project

And by BBC Radio Humberside on the Breakfast Show on 23rd June

Listen at 1.26min: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p08gk2r0

Jake Milston was featured online in the Royal Borough Observer (with the film):

https://www.windsorobserver.co.uk/news/18538907.teenage-ballet-studio-teams-dancers-across-world---locked-maidenhead/

Joe Watson was interviewed on the Breakfast Show on 30th June by BBC Radio Sussex

Listen at 1:54min: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p08h600p

Erin King was featured in the Woking News & Mail on 6th July:

https://www.wokingnewsandmail.co.uk/?p=27512

Ella Slingsby was interviewed on 1st July by BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Listen at 1.37min: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p08h35xg

Zak Lynn was featured in the Irvine Times on 28th June:

https://www.irvinetimes.com/news/18539016.irvine-dance-star-joins-online-ballet-covid-cancels-tour/

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