My time at Central was definitely an eye opener and taught me a lot about professional life. After being offered a job with the National Ballet of Estonia I then realised that the hard work was only just beginning, but the lessons I learnt at Central were more than enough to kick start my professional career. Nothing is more fulfilling than living the dream I have trained so hard to achieve.

/ Victoria Paterson, Graduate, 2009 /

Victoria Paterson, 2009 graduate

About CSB

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Website: www.centralschoolofballet.co.uk

Through excellent training, passionate dedication and sheer hard work, Central School of Ballet aims to take your inherent talent to create the mind, knowledge, body and technique of the best possible dancer you can and want to be.

When Central School of Ballet was founded in 1982 by the late Christopher Gable, CBE and Ann Stannard, it was designed to offer students a very different experience of ballet training; namely, one that would value artistic expression alongside technique.  Christopher and Ann had a very strong sense of the value of the individual in performance believing in a personal approach to working and this continues to be developed upon today.

Central School of Ballet joined the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama in 2004.

Key features of the three year course in Professional Dance and Performance:

  • Ballet as the primary core subject of the curriculum.  Students work daily towards the highest standards of technique and artistry in syllabus based classes, repertoire, pas de deux, pointe work for Ladies and allegro for Men;
  • Contemporary Dance forms the secondary subject with the three main techniques (Graham, Cunningham and Limón) studied across the three years enhancing the students’ versatility to enter this highly competitive profession;
  • In addition, the curriculum is enriched with Jazz Dance, Spanish Dance, Music, Drama, Pilates, Dalcroze Eurythmics, Singing and Contextual Studies; arming the students with a wealth of further knowledge and employable skills;
  • Enormous value is placed on the experience of, and preparation for, performing with all students regularly taking part in public and private performances;
  • Each academic year, the Third Years form Ballet Central which is unique in its national standing as a touring ‘student’ company in that it travels extensively across the UK delivering up to 35 performances, over four months, in both prominent and regional venues.  In addition, Ballet Central dancers participate in educational workshops with diverse sectors of the community and also gain behind the scenes (technical, wardrobe) and front of house experiences which truly enhances their all round understanding and appreciation of life in a dance company.


The success of Central’s unique course is evident in its impressive graduate employment records. By focusing on the individual Central helps each student to find an employment path which best suits their talents and strengths.

Consequently Central graduates can now be found performing in dance companies around the word including, amongst others; English National Ballet, New Adventures, Northern Ballet Theatre, Rambert Dance Company, The Royal Ballet, and Scottish Ballet.

Access for disabled people

The School welcomes applications from disabled people and offers places solely on the basis of potential and suitability for a career in any of the areas taught. The school prides itself on its proactive and collaborative approach to supporting individuals with different abilities and additional needs. Students can contact Sara Matthews, Director on 0207 837 6332 to discuss their needs before enrolment or at any point during their time at the school.

Students, staff and visitors with some impairments and conditions may find it difficult to move around some areas of the building owning to the nature of the premises. The School is committed to converting such areas where possible.


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Central School of Ballet
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All applications are direct to the school. For more information on how to apply, please see our student info section.

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