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Japanese dancers major in Ballet Central’s 2018 tour

Calendar Posted 26 February 2018

The critically acclaimed annual nationwide Ballet Central tour launches on 2nd March in London at RADA’s Jerwood Vanbrugh Theatre. This year nine Japanese dancers will be performing on the tour representing just over a third of the female dancers in the company. The Japanese students are the largest group of performers in Ballet Central from any country outside the UK.

Ballet Central will tour this year with a total of 36 dancers; 26 women and 10 men. The majority of dancers are from the UK with small numbers originating from countries across Europe. That so many Japanese dancers are performing with the company this year is a new record. Under the artistic direction of Christopher Marney, Ballet Central’s diverse range of dance and theatre will perform in 20 towns and cities in England and Wales across a five month period.

Central’s Director Heidi Hall explains the increasing participation by Japanese students and the school’s long and established relationship with the dance community in Japan: “Japanese student dancers show enormous commitment to training, work hard and are focused on achievement. These are qualities, along with the required talent, are the pre-requisites for a career as a professional dancer.”

She continues: “We have been recruiting directly from Japan for 30 years and interest continues to grow. We visit selected towns and cities in Japan every autumn to run master classes in ballet and contemporary dance with local dance schools so that potential students can learn about what we have to offer at Central and where our training may lead in jobs terms.”

Pictured: Nanane Miyamoto

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