The annual Ballet Central tour offers a chance to see some of the most highly skilled, new dance talent perform newly commissioned works and much-loved revivals by the dance industry’s top choreographers.
William Glassman, Artistic Director of Ballet Central, explains why the Ballet Central tour is so well received across the UK: “It’s a chance to see electrifying new works and time-honoured favourites performed regionally. Classical ballet fans will relish the Corn Pas de Deux and Friends dance from Coppélia and a revival of Christopher Gable’s Five Lullabies, and if it’s contemporary dance that excites, Sara Matthews is reviving one of her most popular works, Going South For The Winter, as well as her poignant solos, Rendezvous and Futility, to commemorate the Centenary of the First World War.”
Ballet Central attract dance lovers and those new to live dance performance. The varied repertoire features a programme of ballet, contemporary, jazz and narrative dance suitable for families and all age groups. Tickets prices are deliberately low to make the tour widely accessible.
Ballet Central is the touring company of the leading centre for professional dance training and education, Central School of Ballet (Central) based in London, which in 2013 celebrated its 30 year anniversary. Students on the final year of their three year BA (Hons) degree course join Ballet Central to gain invaluable touring experience before graduation. Ballet Central’s dancers not only perform but also help with all aspects of staging, from technical lighting to wardrobe.
Another highlight of Ballet Central is the music, much of which has been created by Central’s Composer-in-Residence Philip Feeney who also performs live on the tour.
Sara Matthews, Central’s Director, comments: “We are the only vocational ballet school to offer an Honours Degree in Professional Dance and Performance and pre-professional touring experience on such a scale. Ballet Central continues to be a springboard for hundreds of dancers into the top international dance companies. Dancers live to perform so touring is a much anticipated part of our three year curriculum. And we hope that the Ballet Central tour will provide inspiration to young dancers who may be thinking about professional dance as a career.”
Graduates from Central go on to join the world’s premier dance companies. Recent Central students are currently employed with Birmingham Royal Ballet, Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures Company, English National Ballet, Scottish Ballet, National Ballet of Estonia, Ballet Black, Northern Ballet, K Ballet, Rambert Dance Company, Phoenix Dance Theatre, Slovakia Ballet, Singapore Dance Theatre, Billy Elliott and many more.