Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Glimpse Stars of the Future

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Glimpse Stars of the Future

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Byline: By Sam Wonfor

Some of Britain's brightest dancers are heading our way and you can be in the audience. Sam Wonfor reports.

The exuberance of youth is just one of the appealing things about Ballet Central, which comes to the region next week.

Another is the chance to see some of the best young dancers in the world, all of them poised on the threshold of glittering careers.

Ballet Central is the graduate touring company of the Central School of Ballet in London. It was founded 22 years ago by the late Christopher Gable who helped to win a following for dance in the North-East by bringing his Northern Ballet Theatre here many times.

The dancers of Ballet Central are all in the final year at the Central School, and this tour forms an important part of their degree course in professional dance and performance.

It gives them the chance to perform professionally in front of a paying audience, but they are also expected to muck in behind the scenes, rigging the lights, laying the floor and sorting out wardrobe and front of house matters.

The Central School boasts that it is the only classical vocational school to offer an honours degree and pre-professional touring experience on such a scale.

It boats still further ( and these are justifiable boasts ( that all its dancers always find full-time contracts in professional dance companies around the world.

This year's company comprises 28 dancers from the UK, Japan, Columbia, Spain, Finland, Canada, Australia and Sweden. Already three of them ( Emma Chadwick, Rachael Gillespie and Malcolm Sutherland ( have been offered professional contracts with Northern Ballet Theatre and Ballet Basel.

Ballet Central has built up a following in the region over the years, particularly in the Tyne Valley where it will perform two shows at the Queen's Hall Arts Centre in Hexham. …

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