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.
Fraser Johnstone joined the company in 2003 as a Massage Therapist and, with the support of Scottish Ballet, has recently completed a Doctor of Chiropractic degree making him the company’s first Chiropractor.
In 1999, I was working with adults with cerebral palsy when I noticed that they were prone to muscle spasms. I decided to take a couple of massage courses to help them with their spasms, sparking my interest in this area of work.
Following this, in 2003, I started working one day a week in a clinic next to the old Scottish Ballet studios [on West Princes Street] and before long all my slots were filled with ballet dancers. Ashley Page [Scottish Ballet Artistic Director 2002-2012] came in for a few massages and asked if I wanted to start working for the company, so I became Scottish Ballet's first Massage Therapist.
With the support of the company, I've spent the last 6 years undertaking a Masters in Chiropractic, finally qualifying at the end of last year.
What do you like most about working for Scottish Ballet?
I love the people who work at Scottish Ballet, particularly working closely with Martin Lanfear, the Physiotherapist. In my 15 years working with the company the healthcare provision has been totally transformed, so injury rates amongst dancers have dropped dramatically.
What's your 'get up and go' song?
We're constantly listening to music in the Treatment Rooom and The Darutti Column - Sketch for A Summer is one of my favourites.