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Central School Of Ballet

Course Outline

2013-14 term dates

Autumn term

  • Start date: 1st & 2nd years - Monday 9 September (3rd years - 2 September)
  • Half term: 24-26 October (inc)
  • End date: 14 December (3rd years - 18 December)

Spring term

  • Start date: Monday 6 January (3rd years - 6 January)
  • Half term: 13-15 February (inc)
  • End date: 4 April (3rd years - 11 April)

Summer term

  • Start date: Wednesday 23 April (3rd years - 22 April)
  • Half term: 23 - 27 May (inc.)
  • End date: Sunday 20 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.

Essentials Guide

Central School of Ballet supports the Essentials Guide - the leaflet (available to download on the right) aims to give you information about what a course which will train you for work in the profession should look like.

Course curriculum

In the first two years as a student you will work towards the Foundation Degree alongside optional AS and A levels.

Entry into the third and final year is by audition. At this point you will join our graduate touring company Ballet Central and work towards obtaining the BA (Hons) degree.

Whilst the best possible preparation for this year is the Foundation Degree, there is an external audition for students who have received an appropriate level of training at alternative schools.

Artistic learning

90% of the course is held in the studio and on-stage, and you will work towards the highest standards of technique and artistry.

The core disciplines are Ballet supported by Contemporary Dance, and you will also study:

  • Choreography
  • Spanish Dance
  • Pilates
  • Jazz Dance
  • Drama
  • Dalcroze Eurythmics
  • Singing
  • Contextual Studies

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.



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