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Central School Of Ballet

Course Outline

2014-15 Term Dates

Autumn Term1st & 2nd Years3rd Years
Start Date8 September1 September
Half Term23-26 October25 October
End Date12 December19 December

Spring Term

1st & 2nd Years

3rd Years
Start Date5 January5 January
Half Term12-15 February (inclusive)14 February
End Date27 March1 April (dependant on tour dates)

Summer Term

1st & 2nd Years

3rd Years
Start Date13 April7 April (dependant on tour dates)
Half Term22-26 May23-25 May
End Date19 July19 July

This timetable is subject to change. Please note that students must be in school for the beginning and the end of each term. Please ensure that any travel arrangements do not fall within term time. Third year students are not guaranteed half term holidays and there is usually a photo-shoot for 3rd years during the October half term.

Foundation & BA (Hons) Degree in Professional Dance and Performance

We are proud to be the only vocational ballet school offering the BA (Hons) in Professional Dance and Performance (validated by The University of Kent).

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

The range and quality of our course gives the most complete and professional preparation for entering the world of professional dance, provided by international teachers who have performed for some of the world's leading dance companies.

Course curriculum

In the first two years as a student you will work towards the Foundation Degree alongside optional AS and A levels. This leads into the 3rd and final year, when students join our graduate touring company Ballet Central and work towards obtaining the BA (Hons) degree.

Artistic learning

90% of the course is held in the studio and on-stage, and you will work towards becoming the best possible dancer you can and want to be.

The core discipline is Ballet, supported by Contemporary Dance and the following:

  • Choreography
  • Contextual Studies – Nutrition, Sports Psychology, Anatomy
  • Dalcroze Eurythmics
  • Dance Studies
  • Drama
  • Jazz Dance
  • Pilates
  • Singing
  • Spanish Dance
  • Study Skills – Critical Analysis, Reflective Thinking, Research

Skills for the future

The BA (Hons) in Professional Dance and Performance provides value above and beyond your performing career. When graduating from Central you can be assured that while performing careers may come to an end, you will retain an internationally recognised qualification that will support your future career plans.

“After studying at Central from the age of 11, I went on to perform for Northern Ballet for 9 years dancing many lead roles across the world. I am now a professional photographer. My training at Central prepared me for not only my dance career but also helped me embark on my photography career.” Martin Bell, Photographer



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