Sussex based Boys Ballet Academy students are offered places at the Prestigious Central School of Ballet in London

Following recent auditions, Boys Ballet Academy students, Ja-vel and Caleb, have both been offered a place at the prestigious Central School of Ballet in London on the Junior Associates programme.

Central School of Ballet is one of Europe’s leading centres for dance training. The school is an affiliate of the Conservatoire for Dance & Drama and is led by Executive Director Mark Osterfield and Artistic Director Christopher Marney.

The Associate Programme is for aspiring dancers aged between 11-16 years, to help prepare them for a future performing career.

Made up of Saturday classes, it is designed to complement the pupils regular training, the boys will still attend their regular classes, and travel to London on Saturdays for their training at Central.

In addition to Ballet, the boys will have opportunities to take classes in pilates, contemporary dance and character dance, with the opportunity for other sessions such as nutrition information or advice on applying for vocational dance training.

Once they reach 16 many students move into Central’s Senior School, or go on to study in a wide range of other leading ballet and dance schools including Elmhurst, Rambert, Laine, Northern and Tring.

Ja-vel and Caleb have been attending Boys Ballet Academy in Worthing since it opened for weekly ballet classes with Mr Alexander Cowie, as well as additional private classes in preparation for their auditions and to help achieve their goals.

The school has adjusted to the Coronavirus pandemic classes by delivering lessons over Zoom, enabling the boys to continue with their training and as to not miss this fantastic opportunity.

BBA’s ballet teacher, Alexander understands only too well the life of a dancer in training, he trained at The Royal Ballet School’s White Lodge from the age of 12, before moving into its renowned Upper School. Upon graduating from The Royal Ballet he embarked on a very successful career as a male dancer, working in many well known dance companies dancing in roles as Soloist before being promoted to Principal Soloist.

BBA Founder and Director Claire Jones says ‘Alex is a wonderful and very dedicated teacher at BBA. The pupils enjoy having male role models in dance to relate to and learn from. It’s great to see Alex sharing his passion and knowledge for the art, inspiring our next generation of male dancers. All the team at BBA are so happy and excited for Ja-vel and Caleb. We look forward to working with them as they continue their journey, developing their skills and techniques as promising young dancers. Well done boys’

Boys Ballet Academy is a not for profit organisation aiming to provide opportunities and spread accessibility for boys in ballet. The academy aims to encourage and inspire a diverse range of boys to participate in dance and change the stigma associated with boys in ballet, promoting that it is as much for boys as it is for girls.

Boys only ballet classes offer the opportunity to focus on and develop the attributes and techniques unique to male ballet dancers.

Boys Ballet Academy offers classes in Ballet and Contemporary for boys aged 4-17yrs.

Please contact info@boysballetacademy.com for more information or to book a free trial class.

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