Rising Doncaster ballet star to join top company's five week UK tour

A rising ballet star from Doncaster is to join a renowned dance company’s five week UK tour this summer.

Thursday, 3rd June 2021, 10:14 am
Rising ballet star Jessica Crompton is heading out on the road for a five week UK tour this summer. (Photo: ASH Photography).

Jessica Crompton, a final year dance student from Mexborough , will be performing with graduate performing company Ballet Central on its return to touring this summer.

Jessica will join a five week, 11 venue tour across England, commencing on 17 June in Hornchurch in Essex, visiting Birmingham, Cambridge, Guildford, Cambridge, Corby and London amongst other towns and cities.

Under the artistic direction of Christopher Marney, the company of young graduate dancers will be performing a crowd-pleasing mix of dance pieces by leading choreographers to showcase their technique and skills as they embark on their professional careers.

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Jessica, who will be 19 when the tour commences, trained at the Academy of Northern Ballet in Leeds before professional training.

She is now in the final year of a three year BA (Hons) Professional Dance and Performance degree at Central School of Ballet in London.

Central is a world-leading centre for professional dance training, providing graduates with opportunities for employment in the world’s foremost dance companies and international musical theatre productions. The competition for Central’s undergraduate course is fierce, typically attracting over 400 applicants for just 40 places each year.

Jessica and her fellow student dancers have spent much of the last year training and studying online while at home.

She said: “I am really looking forward to being back on stage and to gain the experience of performing on tour. Performing is every professional dancer’s goal and Ballet Central gives me the platform to develop as an artist and prepare for a future career.

"I hope to join a neoclassical or contemporary dance company. The range of pieces in this year’s tour from the narrative based Highland Fling by Matthew Bourne to the classical Le Corsiare provides a great opportunity to learn from different choreographers.

“The past year has been challenging, but I have been able to focus on my love for dance. Training at home has required a lot of self-motivation and organisation, but I have improved my technique through Central’s online classes, and this will be helpful as we rehearse the repertoire for the tour.”