2019 is our 50th anniversary and we are championing some of the people who help make Scottish Ballet a great place to work. Each week we will introduce you to a different career at Scottish Ballet and the person behind it.
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).
What first inspired you to become a dancer?
My mum has always loved music and dancing herself so she took me to classes when I was really young. From the moment I entered that first studio, I caught the same bug and I haven’t stopped since.
What attracted you to Scottish Ballet?
I really love the diverse repertoire we do here. Having danced all the big classical ballets for many years, it’s great to be able to now do everything from something like Javier de Frutos' Elsa Canasta to David Dawson’s Swan Lake.
Can you explain what DCD means to a dancer, and how you have used their services?
DCD is such an important charity that supports dancers throughout their company life, and helps them transition into their next careers. It can be a stressful and sometimes confusing time, so to help guide you through this they have many services including workshops and coaching sessions, many of which I’ve used already.
It can also be expensive to retrain for a different career and we are so lucky that they can help take that restriction away. I recently took advantage of their exploration grant to do a study weekend in Strength and Conditioning at St. Mary's University in London.
What are your pre-show rituals?
I like to take my time to do my make up and listen to music to get me in the right mood. I then check my pointe shoes are the perfect pair, both by look and feel and spend time making sure I have secured them in place with lots of rosin.
What’s been your career highlight?
Playing the role of Blanche Du Bois in A Streetcar Named Desire at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. It was my first major lead role and her character goes on such an emotional journey, so it was a great role to get to portray.
What’s your ‘get up and go’ song?
‘Light through Veins’ by Jon Hopkins - I need a slow build for my sloth like tendencies in the morning!