We are delighted to introduce you to Nicholas Vavrecka, who has joined Scottish Ballet as an Artist.

Nicholas was born in London and trained at Elmhurst Ballet School before becoming part of the Scottish Ballet family. 

We chatted to him about how he's enjoying life at Scottish Ballet so far, and what he's most looking forward to.

Five minutes with... Nicholas Vavrecka

When did you start dancing?

I started dancing when I was 6 at Central School of Ballet. It started off as just one or two classes a week after school, which I always really enjoyed. I didn’t start training professionally until I was 14.

What made you want to join Scottish Ballet?

Scottish Ballet has a really diverse repertoire which was something I found really appealing. There are so many different challenges for a dancer within the productions, whether they be classical or contemporary. Also, I liked the idea of being able to tour around the UK and perform for a wide range of audiences in lots of different places. 

Tell us about your first experience on stage with Scottish Ballet...

My first experience on stage was a bit of a whirlwind. I joined the company one month before the tour of The Nutcracker started so I was put straight into rehearsals and then the performances. Luckily, I had a lot of support from our rehearsal directors and dancers within the company so even with a short amount of time I felt ready and excited to get on stage. 

What do you enjoy the most about touring with the company?

I’m still learning so much about what being part of a touring company looks like for the dancers, but I really enjoy getting to explore new places on our day off and getting to see parts of Scotland I wouldn’t have done otherwise.

What are your hobbies and interests outside of the ballet studio?

I try and read as much I can. I always have at least 2 books on the go at the same time. Sometimes our job can be tiring and it’s nice to be able to switch off with a book. My tour trunk in Edinburgh was full of books more than anything else! 

What production are you most excited to perform in 2022?

I’m really excited to get to be a part of The Scandal at Mayerling. Growing up, works by Sir Kenneth MacMillan were what I got taken to see a lot of at the theatre and I always found them really inspiring. To get to approach a ballet like The Scandal at Mayerling now, as a dancer, is a really great opportunity. And getting to take it on tour will be really special as this is not a ballet that’s seen outside of London very often. 

Fancy seeing The Scandal at Mayerling? Tickets are available here.