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Ballet school raises barre high in £6m push for new home

A ballet school is hoping to raise £6million in a final push to fund its new home near Bankside.

Central School of Ballet announced a campaign on Tuesday, March 21, to raise the final funds needed for its new Paris Gardens premises.

With £3million already raised towards the cost of the project, the new building is planned to be finished in the academic year 2018/2019.

(L-R) Neil Coyle MP; Heidi Hall, director of Central School of Ballet; Cllr Johnson Situ; and Christopher Marney, artistic director at Ballet Central Credit: Bill Cooper

At nearly three times the size of the space available in Central’s current home, the £6million is needed to fund a state-of-the-art health suite providing psychology, nutrition, physiotherapy, Pilates and a recovery from injury programme at the new premises.

Central School of Ballet at its new premises in Paris Gardens Credit: Bill Cooper

The building will also include seven studios, a fully-equipped studio theatre, study and resource centres.

The Countess of Wessex, patron of Central School of Ballet, said: “This is a momentous time in Central’s history. Their planned move to Paris Gardens will allow a greater engagement with young people who don’t currently get access to dance classes, building on their activities with junior schools in Southwark.”

(L-R) Neil Coyle MP; Heidi Hall, director of Central School of Ballet; Cllr Johnson Situ; and Christopher Marney, artistic director at Ballet Central Credit: Bill Cooper

Neil Coyle, MP for Bermondsey and Old Southwark, added: “The school is 35 years young and already makes a fantastic contribution to dancers’ lives – producing some of the best young dancers in the country.

“They will also be contributing massively to my local community; offering facilities to local residents interested in after-work dance classes for example. I look forward to working closely together and am proud to have the school choose Southwark as their new home.”

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