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Glasgow 2014 Opening Ceremony performance

So, did you see some familiar faces last night? 

The XX Commonwealth Games have officially opened and Scottish Ballet had the honour of being a part of the momentous opening ceremony last night at Hampden Park. 

Principal dancers Sophie Martin and Christopher Harrison performed a beautiful pas de deux to a rendition of The Proclaimers' 500 Miles by Sleeping At Last. The response on social media was incredible and the Company is thrilled that the country, and the Commonwealth, were touched by Sophie and Christopher's performance. Here are just a few of the wonderful comments we received, thank you to everyone who got in touch and let us know how much you enjoyed the performance!

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Watch the full performance below, or click here to head over to the BBC iPlayer and enjoy the entire ceremony again - Sophie and Christopher's entrance is at 1hr 27mins!


The Queen's Baton Relay

We're delighted to announce that Scottish Ballet will be part of the Queen's Baton journey on the morning of July 22, welcoming the baton bearer in our studios for a special photo opportunity with the Scottish Ballet dancers.

Keep an eye on our Twitter and Instagram for live coverage of the event!


The Nutcracker Art Competition

Schools from all 32 council areas of Scotland participated in the National Galleries of Scotland art competition, with 16 areas represented by the eventual winners. In total, 7,171 responses to the set themes were received. 

Click here to take a look at the winning artworks!


Helen Pickett begins work on The Crucible

Choreographer Helen Pickett has returned to Scottish Ballet this week to begin work on her world premiere, The Crucible. A chilling tale of the Salem witch trials and the hysteria that unfolded around them, this ballet will captivate you with its spellbinding sensuality and capacity to provoke and question.

Helen Pickett previously worked with Scottish Ballet last year for Dance Odysseys at the Edinburgh International Festival withTrace and another world premiere,The Room. 

The Crucible premieres this autumn and will tour to Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverness and Aberdeen. Click here to find out more


BBC Radio 1's Nick Grimshaw visits Scottish Ballet

This week, BBC Radio 1 Breakfast Show DJ Nick Grimshaw came by the studios to try his hand at some ballet.

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With coaching from Daniel Davidson and Andrew Peasgood he learned how to plié, tendu (fondue) and split leap. Some of the moves he was better at than others!

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Hear how Nick got on by listening again to Wednesday’s Radio 1 Breakfast Show, his ballet experience begins at 03:08:00. 

Head over to our blog for more photos of the day - scottishballet.tumblr.com 


New dancer promotions

On our opening night in Edinburgh the Company, five members in particular, got some very exciting news! We'd like to give a huge congratulations to our newly promoted dancers - Jamiel Laurence and Constant Vigier have been promoted to Coryphée while Andrew Peasgood, Remi Andreoni and Victor Zarallo who have been promoted to Soloist.

You may recognise Jamiel, Constant and Andrew from their cheeky performances as Hansel in Christopher Hampson's Hansel & Gretel. Proving his talent and work ethic, Andrew then went on to perform as Romeo in this spring's tour of Krzysztof Pastor's Romeo & Juliet, a role which Remi has also been performing for the first time this spring. Victor performed in last autumn's The Rite of Spring and has been impressing audiences across the country with his charismatic, wild and captivating performance as Mercutio.


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The journeys of Romeo & Juliet

Bethany Kingsley-Garner, Remi Andreoni, Luciana Ravizzi and Andrew Peasgood have now all performed as Romeo and Juliet for the very first time, and here you can see their journeys from the studio to the stage.

From our very first rehearsal webcast to photographs of them after their debuts, here's the story of our newest faces of Romeo & Juliet...

Romeo & Juliet Rehearsal Series - Episode 1

See three new Romeo and Juliet couples rehearsing with Artistic Director Christopher Hampson, Rehearsal Director Hope Muir and our original Romeo and Juliet, Sophie Martin and Erik Cavallari. 

Romeo & Juliet Rehearsal Series - Episode 2

In Episode 2 of our rehearsal series, we focus on new Romeo & Juliet couple Bethany Kingsley-Garner and Remi Andreoni in their preparations for their debut.

Romeo & Juliet Rehearsal Series - Episode 3 - Live Webcast

Episode 3 was our live webcast from the Scottish Ballet rehearsal studios, where Bethany and Remi worked with Artistic Director Christopher Hampson and Rehearsal Director Hope Muir to rehearse the iconic balcony scene. See their progression in their dancing and characterisations followed by a fascinating Q&A session.

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Big Dance Pledge Family Workshops

We’re delivering free family workshops on the Big Dance Pledge this Sunday at Tramway, Glasgow.

Time 12.30-2.00 & 2.30-4.00
Date Sun 4 May 

Sign up at Tramway on the day and become a part of something huge! There are now 46,000+ learning and performing the Pledge worldwide, so don’t miss the chance to be part of this fun and accessible community event.

The workshops will be taught by Linzi McLagan who’s recently returned from India where she taught the Pledge to over 3,000 people.

Learn more about the Big Dance Pledge


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