2014-15 Term Dates
|Autumn Term||1st & 2nd Years||3rd Years|
|Start Date||8 September||1 September|
|Half Term||23-26 October||25 October|
|End Date||12 December||19 December|
1st & 2nd Years
|Start Date||5 January||5 January|
|Half Term||12-15 February (inclusive)||14 February|
|End Date||27 March||1 April (dependant on tour dates)|
1st & 2nd Years
|Start Date||13 April||7 April (dependant on tour dates)|
|Half Term||22-26 May||23-25 May|
|End Date||19 July||19 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 Foundation Degree leading to a BA (Hons) top-up in Professional Dance and Performance (validated by The University of Kent).
On completion of the Foundation Degree, students usually progress to the BA (Hons) top-up Degree, but in accordance to the published guidelines in the degree Programme Handbooks.
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.
In the first two years as a student you will work towards the Foundation Degree alongside optional AS and A levels.
During the 3rd and final year, students join our graduate touring company Ballet Central and work towards obtaining the BA (Hons) degree.
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:
- Contextual Studies – Dance Research, Historical Context of Performance, Stagecraft
- Dalcroze Eurythmics
- Dance Studies
- Dancer in Training - Nutrition, Sport Psychology, Anatomy, Injury Prevention and Recovery
- Jazz Dance
- Professional Development - Goal setting, Audition Preparation, Career Planning
- Spanish Dance
- Study Skills – Reflective Practice, Critical Analysis
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