2019 is our 50th anniversary and we are championing some of the people who help make Scottish Ballet a great place to work.

For 50 years, Scottish Ballet has been crafted by Scotland - by the people, the culture and the spirit. What you see at the theatre is just the tip of the iceberg. The Scottish Ballet team, both on-stage and off, pull from their diverse set of skills and expertise to bring our productions, engagement programmes, fundraising initiatives and other events to life.

Each week we will be introducing you to a different career at Scottish Ballet and the people behind them. We're asking everyone to tell us their 'get up and go' song, so we can create the ultimate motivational playlist!

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Jean-Claude Picard - Chief Conductor

We asked J-C about what makes conducting for ballet so special, and how he finds working in Scotland.

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Yvonne Halliday - Sponsorship and Events Officer

We caught up with Yvonne on how she manages relationships with our diverse (and growing) range of sponsors, and her role in planning our 50th anniversary gala.

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Sophie McCormack-Gow - Digital Archivist

We spoke to Sophie about the changing nature of archives, and she shares some of the weird and wonderful things she's uncovered from Scottish Ballet's history.

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Lisa Sinclair - Dance Health Manager

We spoke to Lisa Sinclair about her journey from dance artist to Dance Health Manager, and the inspiration she draws from everyone who takes part in these programmes.

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Zachary Eastwood-Bloom - Digital Artist in Residence

Zachary Eastwood-Bloom is Scottish Ballet's first Digital Artist in Residence and has created Technology//Mythology//Allegory as part of the Digital Season. We spoke to Zac to find out more about his path from studying ceramics to creating digital art.
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Eve McConnachie - Senior Graphic Designer & Filmmaker

Senior Graphic Designer & Filmmaker Eve McConnachie joined Scottish Ballet in 2009. Her latest film, Frontiers - a collaboration with choreographer Myles Thatcher - premiered as part of the Digital Season 2019.​ As she edited Frontiers, she spoke to us about her journey from studying animation to becoming SB's in-house Filmmaker.

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Araminta Wraith - Soloist

Soloist Araminta Wraith danced with English National Ballet before joining Scottish Ballet as a First Artist in 2014. We caught up with Minty about her path to Scottish Ballet, and her work outside the studio with Dancers' Career Development (DCD).

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Tony Currie - Digital Producer

Tony Currie started his professional life as a contemporary dancer in Australia and is now Scottish Ballet's Content and Digital Executive. We spoke to Tony about transitioning from dancer to marketeer, and his role producing our Digital Season.

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Tim Palmer - Production Manager

Production Manager Tim Palmer is responsible for moving shows around the country. You might have spotted him at the back of the auditorium in one of his signature Hawaiian shirts, keeping a beady eye out for any problems that might arise. In May 2019 Tim celebrates his 35th year with the Company.

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Kerry Livingstone - Head of Associate Programme

Kerry Livingstone describes her journey from Scottish Ballet Junior Associate as a 10 year old, to Head of the Associate Programme and Head of Modern Ballet at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

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Bethany Whiteside - Researcher and Evaluator

Bethany works across the evaluation and development of our Dance Health programmes. She is also Research Lecturer and Doctoral Degrees Coordinator at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. We spoke to Bethany about some of these benefits of dance for health, and she gives us her top tips for pursuing a career in research.

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Q & A

Nicholas Shoesmith - Soloist

Soloist Nicholas Shoesmith joined Scottish Ballet in 2012. Alongside dancing, he's also a budding choreographer and is creating a work in collaboration with Digital Artist in Residence Zachary Eastwood-Bloom for the Digital Season. We managed to squeeze in a 5 minute chat with Nick during a break in rehearsals.

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Brian Prentice - Company Pianist/ Digital Audio Editor

If you watch our Facebook Live streams, you'll most likely find Company Pianist/Digital Audio Editor Brian Prentice at the piano in the rehearsal room. We caught Brian as he was heading out on the Spring! tour, where he'll be conducting the onstage ragtime band in Elite Syncopations.

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Jamiel Laurence - Soloist

Soloist Jamiel Laurence joined the Company in 2009. Alongside dancing, he's also a choreographer and his works have been performed at festivals across the world. Jamiel gave us the lowdown on some of the projects he's most excited to work on in 2019.

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Sophie Laplane - Artist in Residence

Sophie Laplane danced with the company from 2004 until 2017 when she hung up her pointe shoes one last time, and was appointed Artist in Residence, choreographer. She has created a number of works for Scottish Ballet, most recently Dextera which will be performed across Scotland as part of the Spring! double bill.
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Carole Ann O'Neill - Operations Officer

Carole Ann is Operations Officer, and the first face many people see when they come to visit us at our Tramway home.
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Norman Murray - Chairman

Norman Murray has been Chairman of Scottish Ballet since 2013, and has had a successful career in a number of executive roles, including Chairman of The Edrington Group and President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland. We spoke to Norman about his very first job, and he shares his advice for anyone thinking about joining a Board.
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Preston Clare - Teacher/Former Dancer

Preston Clare was a dancer with the company from 1985 to 2003. Since retiring he has taught, acted and set up his own theatre company. He gave us his advice for dancers who are starting to think about their next step.

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Maria Jimenez - Artistic Coordinator

Maria Jimenez joined Scottish Ballet as Ballet Mistress in 2005, becoming Artistic Coordinator in 2014. We spoke to Maria about her nearly 14 years working with the Company.

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Anna Bateson - Board Member

We spoke to Anna Bateson about her career journey that's seen her work at media giants including MTV, Google and YouTube, and she gave us her advice for any aspiring marketeers.

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Christopher Hampson - CEO/Artistic Director

We spoke to CEO/Artistic Director Christopher Hampson about what makes him proud every day, and the importance of sharing knowledge and empowering people.
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Fraser Johnstone - Chiropractor

Fraser Johnstone discusses his path from joining the company in 2003 as a Massage Therapist to becoming Scottish Ballet's first Chiropractor.

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Mary Mullen - Head of Wardrobe

We spent a day with Head of Wardrobe Mary Mullen to get an insight into her world...

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Christopher Harrison - Principal

Principal Christopher Harrison discusses his journey from being inspired by a dance workshop at primary school to becoming the first male Scottish Principal dancer in Scottish Ballet's history.

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