Central School of Ballet

Hardship Bursaries: Dance Theatre’s Future Stars

Hardship Bursaries enable the most gifted young dancers to access and excel on Central’s world-leading training, regardless of financial circumstances. By donating to our campaign, you will help the future stars of dance theatre pursue their dreams of becoming professional dancers.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 3 December 2019 to 12:00 PM, 10 December 2019

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  • [Receiving a] bursary has allowed me to focus on what is most important during my time at Central and I have been able to progress much further than I could [under] financial limitations.

    — Central Student

  • Good preparation is the foundation of a wonderful performance. Central's training has ensured that I am embarking on my professional dance career with all the skills needed to succeed at the highest possible level.

    — Central Student

  • The training at Central exposes you to so many different possible avenues for a career and they really nurture your talent.

    — Central Student

  • [Central's graduate performing company] Ballet Central... helped me grow as an individual and develop as an artist. It fully prepared me to become a professional performer and gave me my first career break.

    — Central Student


Gifted young dancers should not be held back by financial circumstances. The most talented should be able to access our Associate School as under16s and gain the skills and experience needed to access and excel in vocational training at 16+ (BA Hons Professional Dance & Performance). Yet there is no public funding for <16s at Central and a mismatch between the cost of training post16 and the student loans available. Hardship Bursaries address this inequality to help the most talented succeed.


Central is strongly committed to ensuring that the most talented can train with us regardless of financial circumstances. With a high proportion of students from low-income families the number of students seeking bursary support grows each year. Hardship Bursaries help ensure access and increase equality. They enable children in our Associate School to reach the standards to apply for vocational study and students on our degree programme to pursue their dreams of becoming professional dancers.