Ballet Central

Ballet Central was created in 1984 as the touring company of Central School of Ballet to give Central’s graduating students the opportunity of professional performing experience to ticket-buying audiences. The company visits towns and cities across the UK every Spring, usually commencing in March going through to July. This year the Ballet Central will perform in 20 venues across England culminating in a performance in Tokyo, Japan

Central's final year students join Ballet Central as part of their BA (Hons) Degree course. Central School of Ballet the only classical vocational school to offer an Honours Degree and pre-professional touring experience on such a scale. The tour is a springboard for hundreds of dancers into the dance profession; graduates join renowned UK based and international dance companies and leading musical theatre productions.

A feature of the Ballet Central tour is the opportunity to see dance from highly-acclaimed and emerging choreographers who collaborate with students to produce newly commissioned works and much-loved revivals.

Recent Ballet Central choreographers include: Matthew Bourne, Kenneth MacMillan, Wayne McGregor, Frederick Ashton, Thiago Soares, David Bintley, Christopher Bruce, Christopher Hampson, Jenna Lee, David Nixon, Michael Pink, Darshan Singh Bhuller, Liam Scarlett, Mikaela Polley, Malgorzata Dzierzon and Christopher Gable.

The Ballet Central experience also provides young dancers with an understanding of all aspects of creating performance, including the staging of repertoire, costume design and technical aspects of sound and lighting.

Ballet Central 2019

The Ballet Central 2019 tour will commence in March 2019. See a full list of the venues and tour dates on the Tour Dates page. Click through to the repertoire page to learn more about this year's choreographer's and the works that will be performed. Watch the trailer below for a taste of what to expect.

"...Commitment and understanding on display in abundance" Dance Europe

"Watching Ballet Central...left me in little doubt that all of them would make highly accomplished additions to any company lucky enough to employ them." Jonathan Gray, Dancing Times

"Always excellent", The Guardian, 2018

The Nutcracker

In December 2018, Ballet Central performed their unique 45 minute adaption of The Nutcracker at the British Museum (6 shows) and at the ADC Theatre in Cambridge (9 shows). All performances were sold out with audiences saying that it was "simply stunning” and “a most wonderful Christmas treat”, whilst another said it “was such a great way to introduce kids to ballet”.

Ballet Central was pleased to introduce children of all ages to a new version of the dance favourite which was performed to the iconic Tchaikovsky score.

For a taste of what the show looked like, view the video below.

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