Central School of Ballet
Ballet Central 2017
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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:
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 Heidi Hall, 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.
“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 graduates of Central School of Ballet, indeed, several have played demanding leading roles in my productions with great success.”
Matthew Bourne OBE
Artistic Director, New Adventures
“Central is a catalyst in the profession, producing highly desirable graduates. Central offers choreographers career changing opportunities, with many works commissioned by Central going on to become part of companies’ repertoire. In summary, Central is essential.”
Artistic Director, Scottish Ballet
"Over the course of the last five years as the financial climate for the arts has grown tougher I have seen the Central School of Ballet graduates only flourish. I notice an increasing number gaining the top jobs upon leaving and this is down not exclusively to a well-rounded technical training, but the opportunities they have in meeting and working with the elite, current practitioners of the theatre world whilst the students are in their final year of studies.
Having worked intensely with the 2015 graduates, now, after only one month of them leaving I have already encountered some preparing for major performances on the Sadlers Wells stage, appearing in West-End productions and several who are now integral parts of dance companies in Europe and the USA.
As alumni of the school, a choreographer and also an employer of some of these students I have unequivocal insight into the strength and relevance of the top class training Central students are receiving."
Christopher Marney, Dancer and Choreographer
Hannah Bateman, Dancer (CSB)
Kizzy Matiakis, Dancer (CSB)
Darrel Toulon, Dancer (CSB)
Joseph Poulton, Dancer (CSB)