Central School Of Ballet

Student Experiences

2017 Graduates

Holly Noble

Holly Noble has been working towards an MA in Choreography at Central and will graduate this summer. This unique ballet-focused degree was launched in 2011 and offers dancers a bespoke approach to developing expertise. Holly was recently selected to present a new contemporary piece at Dance West's renowned Ignitions Choreographers Platform at the Rose Theatre, Kingston in Surrey. Holly's work, which also forms part of her MA degree, was selected from 725 applicants and she will receive one of seven prestigious bursaries as recognition of her achievement. Holly said: "The commissioned piece presented at Ignition is titled Trappist. The trio I have created is based on abstract themes of the recently discovered secondary solar system of the same name. The piece asks the question Are they aware of us?"

Alexandra Davis

Alexandra started work on her choreographic piece as part of her undergraduate course and continued its development over some years into her MA Choreography degree at Central. The stimulus for the work on this occasion came from a historic source. She was offered a rare chance to choreograph a ballet based on a musical score that was originally composed over a hundred years ago by Denis Browne, a young undergraduate at Cambridge University. His studies were halted when Denis was commissioned into the Royal Naval Division to fight in World War I. He was sadly killed in action during the Gallipoli Campaign. Most of his works were destroyed but Denis left specific instructions for several to be preserved, one of these being The Comic Spirit; his intention was that it should be performed as a ballet.

The Comic Spirit was performed in Cambridge by students from Central in November 2014 and was performed again with musical accompaniment by the Southbank Sinfonia in June 2015. Through the MA course the ballet has been developed further and it was performed by Ballet Central dancers for the third time at the Rambert Studios in April this year.

The success of the work on stage stimulated a lasting passion for choreography and Alexandra's inspiration to study Centralâ??s ballet-focused MA.

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