Scottish Ballet is about more than just today’s performance. We want to create ballet that makes a lasting impact, develops dance as an art form and improves the lives of future generations.

Developing the Art of Dance

We've raised the standard of professional training in Scotland to support the future of ballet – and dance more generally.

Our Associate Programme inspires young dancers to go beyond the limits of a regular dance class and aim for the top levels of their art.

Our BA Modern Ballet degree, delivered in partnership with the Royal Conservatoire Scotland, gives aspiring professional dancers access to world-class training here in Scotland.

Our MMus (Piano for Dance) degree, is the only course of its kind in the world. Also accredited by the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, it combines professional teaching with practical training, and prepares graduate pianists for a career in the world of professional dance.

Our support for dancers continues long after they hang up their pointe shoes. Whether they want to progress into teaching, choreography, or another related role, we’re on hand to support their professional transition.

An Open Stage

Our participation programmes are open to all ages and abilities – from those who want to have fun, to those who dream of being a principal dancer. These aren’t just regular dance classes, they’re created especially for the groups we deliver them to. Some even have live music.

Our project ‘The Close’ introduced many at-risk young people (aged 11-18) to dance and music for the first time. We worked closely with professionals and educators to develop the programme – and proved that the arts has the power to bring about positive behaviour changes.

We work with people living with Parkinson's or dementia through bespoke programmes. Our goal is to impact participants' well-being positively, so we focus on concerns such as balance, flexibility, coordination, social isolation and depression.