Mikaela Polley, Artist-in-Residence
Mikaela’s professional career as a dancer, rehearsal director, choreographer and teacher spans over 30 years, crossing both the realms of classical ballet and contemporary dance.
After graduating from the Royal Ballet Upper School Mikaela joined the Birmingham Royal Ballet where she rose to the rank of Soloist before joining the leading contemporary dance company, Rambert. Mikaela has performed across an extensive array of large-scale classical and contemporary repertory from renowned choreographers and has toured extensively nationally and worldwide.
Following 18 years of performing Mikaela transitioned to the role of Rehearsal Director at Rambert and was Senior Rehearsal Director from 2013 – 2018. As a choreographer Mikaela has created over 20 works which have been performed by dancers from Rambert and Birmingham Royal Ballet, commissions by Images Ballet Company, Encore Dance, Ballet Central, Royal Opera House 2, Resolution, The Royal Ballet School, English National Ballet School and Elmhurst School of Ballet.
Kate Lyons, Rehearsal Coach
Kate trained at Central School of Ballet from 2001-2004, performing in the Ballet Central tour in her third year. As a professional, she has performed classical and contemporary repertoire with dance companies including Ballet West (USA), English National Ballet, Mainfranken Theater Wurzburg in Germany and National Dance Company Wales. Most recently, she has worked with Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures, performing a variety of roles as a Principal dancer and regularly teaching company class.
Evita Aslanidou, Company Manager
Evita trained in Technical Theatre at East 15 Acting School and upon graduating she pursued a career in theatre producing and general management. She has worked in a freelance capacity for various West End Producers and production companies, such as Playful Productions, David Pugh and the Michael Grandage Company. In 2013, she became production assistant for Matilda the Musical where she had the opportunity to project manage the show’s first relaxed performance. In that same year, she also had the opportunity to coordinate the first workshop of the musical adaptation of Groundhog Day.
Jessica Cabassa, Wardrobe Manager
Jessica is a trained Pattern Maker and Costume Maker, with a dynamic background that spans fashion, costume theatre and performing arts. Originally from Dominican Republic, she grew up in Italy, where she studied theatre and cinema in Turin. She moved to London in 2010 to work for Secret Cinema. In 2013, she obtained her qualification as a professional Pattern Maker at the Kensington and Chelsea College. For her more recent collaboration with the Tony award winning costume designer Paloma Young, she realised the costumes for the musical &Juliet at the Shaftesbury Theatre in London.
Philip Feeney, Musical Director/Composer in Residence
Philip Feeney studied composition at Cambridge, and at the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome. He has worked with Ballet Central from its inception, composing up to fifty scores for the Company. He has composed extensively for dance, collaborating with many different and varied choreographers including Christopher Gable, Michael Pink, Didy Veldman, Cathy Marston, David Nixon, Sharon Watson and Adam Cooper for companies as diverse as Northern Ballet, Rambert Dance Company, Cullberg Ballet, San Francisco Ballet and Scottish Dance Theatre. The fruits of his long-standing association with Northern Ballet are eight full-length ballets, including two versions of Cinderella, the classic original production by Christopher Gable (1993) and a new interpretation for David Nixon’s production of 2013.
About Ballet Central
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The 2021 Ballet Central repertoire promises to deliver exciting theatricality, technical excellence and drama choreographed by international dance industry influencers. Find out more here.
Meet the 2021 Ballet Central Company involving final year students at the Central School of Ballet.
By supporting the critically-acclaimed Ballet Central Company, you can give Central School of Ballet’s final year students a unique touring experience. Find out how you can help to make this a reality.
Here you will be able to see excerpts of selected repertoire from Ballet Central, Central’s graduate touring company, and trailers and special dance performances captured on film.