We want to say a huge thank you Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon for taking the time to come along and see what our Youth Exchange group are working on in New York at TISCH.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon met Scottish Ballet Youth Exchange students studying at the prestigious New York school of performing arts with the support of Scottish Government funding. She even managed to get a selfie with the group!

The Youth Exchange group features dancers aged between 14 – 24 who are taking part in a two week visit to the US, collaborating with dance students from the New York University TISCH (School of the Performing Arts) to create a new work to be premiered at The Joyce Theater in New York City.

“Scotland’s performing arts are world-renowned and I am delighted that the Scottish Government has been able to help support Scottish Ballet to come to New York and showcase the talent that we have nurtured. I want to make sure that every young person across Scotland achieves their full potential, and there is no doubt that the young people taking part in this exchange will benefit hugely from the once-in-a-lifetime experience there’s receiving at such a prestigious school.”

Nicola Sturgeon

Scotland’s five National Performing Companies are now in their 11th year of a direct funding relationship with the Scottish Government, which started in April 2007. The revenue contribution for these Companies has been maintained consistently, with £22.49m agreed for 2017/18.

The Scottish Government has also provided an additional International Touring Fund to the National Performing Companies of £350,000 each year to support international touring. As of 2007/08 almost £3.5m of funding has been awarded in support of this wider international work.

You can read even more about Scottish Ballet's visit from Nicola Sturgeon on the Scottish Government website.