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.
Hannah Cubitt recently graduated from the BA Modern Ballet at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS) following her time as a Scottish Ballet Senior Associate. Hannah is joining the company in September, and can soon be found on tour with Wee Hansel & Gretel. She told us about about her journey from the Associate Programme to joining the company, and gives her advice for any budding Associates.
What inspired you to first start dancing?
My sister. I went weekly with my parents to collect her from her ballet classes and would sit at the studio doors watching the ‘big girls’ in awe thinking 'I want to be like them when I’m older'. I would then go home and put on a show with my sister in our living room for our parents to watch. Ever since then, I’ve not stopped dancing!
Can you describe your path to become a professional dancer?
I started ballet and tap at my local dance school, The Gail Neish Dance Studios in Kirkcaldy aged 3. The school would put on full length ballets every 2 or 3 years in the Adam Smith Theatre. I remember it used to make me feel like a real professional ballerina.
When I was 14, I successfully auditioned for the Senior Associate Programme at Scottish Ballet. As a Senior Associate I trained for the next 2 years under the watchful eye of Kerry Livingstone. At 16 I was uncertain whether to audition for full time training or wait another year. I decided to apply for RCS where, to my astonishment, I was offered a place on the three year BA Modern Ballet course.
In my graduate year at RCS, I was offered the amazing opportunity to tour with Scottish Ballet for the winter season of Cinderella and at the end of the tour, I was offered a contract with the company. Something I still can’t quite believe – all my dreams come true!
What has been the highlight of your dance career so far?
So far the highlight definitely has to be being offered my contract with Scottish Ballet – an amazing bonus on top of the experience of going on tour with the fantastic company, who were all so lovely and caring, making this experience even more unforgettable.
What would your advice be to someone joining the Associate Programme this summer?
Enjoy every moment of your learning. Work hard, challenge yourself, take on board all the corrections offered, make the most of every opportunity and remember to have fun!
What are you looking forward to next?
There are so many things I’m excited for: such as starting my professional career in September, but first I am super excited to perform in my final year graduation show and then tour Wee Hansel & Gretel with my classmates from RCS and alongside SB dancers.
What’s your ‘get up and go’ song?