A BALLET school is bringing its annual tour to Chelmsford next month.

Central School of Ballet’s renowned graduate performing company Ballet Central brings its annual tour to The Civic Theatre, Chelmsford on Friday May 3 at 7.45 pm.

Under the artistic direction of Christopher Marney, Ballet Central’s diverse range of dance and theatre will perform in 20 venues across England over a five month period and will go on to perform in Tokyo, Japan.

The annual Ballet Central tour offers audiences across the country the chance to see the company’s young dancers showcase the best dance theatre from current industry professionals alongside newly-commissioned work and refreshed classics from the world’s top choreographers.

In addition to the performance on Friday evening, tickets are also available to see behind the scenes as Ballet Central prepare for their performance, providing an insight into the world of professional dance.

This takes place from 12.15 pm to 1pm on the Friday, tickets cost £6, concessions £4.

Ballet Central has already performed 15 sold-out shows of The Nutcracker at the ADC Theatre in Cambridge and at the British Museum in December.

Adding an international date to the 2019 tour in Tokyo, Japan demonstrates the increasing popularity of the company’s theatrical dance performances.

Christopher Marney, Artistic Director of Ballet Central, said: "Audience attendance for last year’s Ballet Central tour was higher than ever. The exciting repertoire brought by these influential choreographers not only entertains our audiences, but also ensures our talented young dancers secure employment with leading dance companies and musical theatre productions worldwide.”

Tickets for the main performance are £16, concessions £13.50. Visit www.chelmsford.gov.uk/theatres.