Scottish Ballet is Scotland's National Dance Company, employing 36 professional dancers, 41 staff and a part-time freelance orchestra of up to 70 musicians. Scottish Ballet's primary aim is to provide programmes of world-class dance performance and educational activity at all scales.
Scottish Ballet presents a wide range of high-quality dance to audiences across Scotland, the UK and abroad, with strong classical technique at the root of all of its work. The Company presents a broad repertoire, ranging from new versions of the classics (The Nutcracker, Cinderella), through to seminal pieces from 20th century modern ballet repertoire (work by George Balanchine, Frederick Ashton), and extending into signature pieces by living choreographers (William Forsythe, Hans van Manen, Siobhan Davies) and new commissions.
Scottish Ballet provides a huge variety of education initiatives and dance classes including: work with children and adults of all ages and abilities; and the Associate Programme, which encourages aspiring young dancers to train for a career in the industry. The Company is also closely linked with Royal Conservatoire Scotland , partnering the BA Modern Ballet and M.Mus (Pianist for Dance) degree courses.
Scottish Ballet was the first dance company in Europe to offer live audio description for the visually impaired and maintains a programme of regular audio described performances throughout Scotland.