Central School Of Ballet

Ballet Central

Visit the Ballet Central website for up-to-date information about the latest tour, the repertoire, and towns and cities visited.

Ballet Central was created in 1984 as the touring company of Central School of Ballet.The company visits towns and cities across the UK every Spring, usually commencing in March going through to July. Last year Ballet Central performed in 21 venues from Penzance to Dumfries.

Central's final year students join Ballet Central as part of their BA (Hons) Degree course. Central School of Ballet is the only classical vocational school to offer an Honours Degree and pre-professional touring experience on such a scale. The tour is a springboard for hundreds of dancers into the dance profession; graduates join renowned UK based and international dance companies and leading musical theatre productions.

A feature of the Ballet Central tour is the opportunity to see dance from highly-acclaimed and emerging choreographers who collaborate with students to produce newly commissioned works and much-loved revivals.

Recent Ballet Central choreographers include: Richard Alston, Matthew Bourne, David Bintley, Christopher Bruce, Jonzi D, Matthew Hart, Christopher Hampson, Jenna Lee, Christopher Marney, David Nixon, Michael Pink, Mikaela Polley and Darshan Singh Bhuller.

The Ballet Central experience also provides young dancers with an understanding of all aspects of creating performance, including the staging of repertoire, costume design and technical aspects of sound and lighting.

Ballet Central has just completed the 2017 tour. Here's a taste of this year's success: Ballet Central 2017 Tour trailer

Joining Ballet Central

Ballet Central is an integral part of the third year of the BA Degree course. All students on the BA course become a member of the company.

Further Information

Critical acclaim for the Ballet Central tour

"A graduate from Central School of Ballet is a valuable asset in any company for they have already experienced life as a professional dancer by touring with Ballet Central. I have had the pleasure of working with many highly talented and individual graduates of Central School of Ballet, indeed, several have played demanding leading roles in my productions with great success." Matthew Bourne, Artistic Director, New Adventures

"I can normally spot a Ballet Central student after just a few minutes working in a studio. They are always professional, they understand how 'theatre' works and they engage physically and (most importantly) verbally in the creative process." Christopher Hampson, Artistic Director, Scottish Ballet

"...Commitment and understanding on display in abundance" (Matthew Bourne's Highland Fling) Dance Europe 2017

"Watching Ballet Central...left me in little doubt that all of them would make highly accomplished additions to any company lucky enough to employ them." Jonathan Gray, Dancing Times July 2017

"Ballet Central seem to be on an onward trajectory, looking finer all the time. As usual, they brought a very diverse mixed bill to the Linbury, displaying the versatility of the graduating students to the full." Deborah Weiss, Dance Europe (Ballet Central Linbury Performance review, 2015)



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