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Central School of Ballet is one of Europe’s leading centres for dance training. The school is an affiliate of the Conservatoire for Dance & Drama and is led by Director Heidi Hall and Artistic Director Christopher Marney.

The school was founded in Read More 1982 by Ann Stannard and the late Christopher Gable CBE, who established the school’s values of artistic expression in dance, and the importance of technique. Central offers a two year Foundation Degree in Professional Dance and Performance leading to a further year of training to complete a BA (Hons) degree, and a ballet-focused MA Choreography programme, all accredited by the University of Kent.

Ballet Central is the Central School of Ballet's renowned graduate performing company. The company’s annual tour takes place from March to July each year; audiences across the country have the chance to see young and dynamic dancers on the cusp of their professional careers showcasing newly-commissioned works and celebrated masterpieces by the dance industry’s top choreographers.

Heidi Hall, Director and Christopher Marney, Artistic Director, now lead Central. Both are Central alumni, with Chris being one of the first students to complete the school’s MA Choreography degree. Read Less

Course & Program

Qualification Level: Foundation Degree (2 year leading to 1 year top up to BA)

Central is the only vocational ballet school to offer a two year Foundation Degree in Professional Dance and Performance, leading to a further year of training to complete a BA (Hons) degree, both accredited by the University of Kent.

The degree rewards the high level of training and outstanding achievements of Central's students, giving graduates a qualification that is internationally recognised and respected.

The range and quality of the courses provides thorough and professional preparation for entry into a career in professional dance. Training is provided by internationally renowned teachers who have performed with some of the world's leading dance companies.

The content of the courses offers a varied curriculum including Ballet, Contemporary Dance, Jazz Dance, Choreography, Drama, Music, Singing and Contextual Studies.

As part of the BA (Hons) Degree course, the Ballet Central tour will give students an unparalleled preparation for professional employment. Besides consolidating a high level of physical skill and technique, students also develop artistically, emotionally and intellectually to become creative, versatile performing artists.

Course Duration: Two Years (BA One Year Top Up)

Course Fee: £ 9250.00 For Year

Qualification Level: MA (Masters) Degree

stablished in 2011, Central’s MA course in Choreography is designed for professional choreographers who wish to develop their choreographic profile and professional skills. The course has been specifically developed for its flexibility, allowing students to develop critical reflection and research linked to the making of choreography while continuing to work as either a freelance dance practitioner or a dance company member.

The aim is to give students the opportunity to define their individual and unique qualities and develop a creative voice. Collaborative work with other artists such as composers, designers, film makers and theatre professionals may feature in the course.

The making of choreography is at the core of the aims of the MA. The majority of the work is studio based, leading to performances. Students have the opportunity to explore, challenge and develop their own individual choreographic practice. As the course progresses students have a growing awareness of the range of influences informing their work and the processes involved in creating, preparing and rehearsing choreography for public performance.

Critical reflection and research underpins all aspects of the work. The overall aim is to develop choreographers who, through sophisticated research and exploratory practice, can make a distinctive contribution to the dance profession at the highest level.

The course is unique in providing postgraduate study within a professional ballet training context. Central School of Ballet is renowned for its well-established association with many areas of the dance industry, including leading dance companies. The MA in Choreography is validated by the University of Kent and Central School of Ballet is an affiliate of the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama.

Course Duration: Four Terms

Course Fee: £ 9218.00 Full course fee

Qualification Level: BA (Hons) Top Up

The BA (Hons) (Top-up) Degree in Professional Dance and Performance is a full-time, one-year course, principally designed to offer a programme of study that is continuous with that provided by the school’s FDA course, or equivalent. The course comprises five modules of study with a total of 120 credits, which are all required to obtain the final degree award BA (Hons).
This course provides a practical understanding of the technical skills and artistry required by the profession in Ballet, Contemporary (Limon technique) and Jazz techniques with the opportunity to extend the skill base to virtuosic level, and provides training in aspects of musical theatre performance.

Throughout the course, and extensively in the Ballet Central module, knowledge is used in creative situations working with teachers and external professional practitioners leading to public performance opportunities in a range of contexts, including a national tour of small and mid-scale theatres as well as site-specific venues.
Experience of community and outreach work is achieved through a series of taught workshops, observations and participation in outreach events both in the local community and on tour with Ballet Central.

The development of individual talent and unique performance qualities is achieved through the breadth of the curriculum, and, most importantly, the National Tour Ballet Central module. In this, the preparation and performance of a wide range of repertoire, requiring the practical application of different techniques and styles, alongside variations in artistic and musical interpretation and characterisation, facilitate the development of individual strengths and versatility, leading to the development of the distinctive and unique performing artist.

Course Duration: One year (38.5 weeks)

Course Fee: £ 9250.00 For Year

Qualification Level: Foundation Degree (2 year leading to 1 year top up to BA)

The Foundation Degree Programme is a predominantly vocational course with a high number of contact hours, providing students with thorough and professional preparation for entry into a career in professional dance.

Stage one (FHEQ1 Level 4) provides students with a practical understanding of the fundamentals of Ballet and Contemporary Dance (Graham-based) technique, with supplementary studies in Spanish technique and Choreography work, teaching them the ability to use this knowledge in a rehearsal and professional performance situation, including solo performances. Stage two (FHEQ Level 5) provides a practical understanding of the technical skills and artistry required by the profession in Ballet, Contemporary Dance (Cunningham-based) and Jazz techniques.

A programme of contextual studies underpins the practical dance training. These skills are essential in sustaining a career as a professional dancer. Through regular self- evaluation and goal setting, students develop into successful reflective practitioners. The work of key practitioners in Ballet and Contemporary dance (from the 19th century to the present day) is woven throughout the course in both practical and theoretical modules and is used to inform stylistic and interpretative differences.

The course offers students the opportunity to progress from the Foundation Degree to a BA (Hons) (Top-Up) in Professional Dance and Performance through a year of study and performance experience.

Course Duration: Two years (36 weeks)

Course Fee: £ 9250.00 For Year

Affiliations
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Awarding Bodies
University of Kent