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In 2015 Scottish Ballet launched a performance company for elder community dancers, Scottish Ballet Elders' Company (SBEC).

For their first production SBEC worked with choreographer Winifred Jamieson to create a piece, Words Unspoken, which was performed at Dance Base during the 2015 Edinburgh Festival Fringe and then toured to Inverness, Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow as part of the Luminate Festival in October. They did this in partnership with Dance Base’s group, PRIME.

Scottish Ballet's Elders Company at Go Dance 2018

‘Challenging, inspirational... undoubtedly, it was been an enrichment to my life.’

Scottish Ballet Elders' Company member
SBEC Gallery

In February 2016 choreographer, and at the time the Artist in Residence at BBC Radio 2, Tommy Small created a contrasting piece on the group for the 2016 Go Dance platform at the Theatre Royal.

In June 2018 the company performed at Sadler’s Wells as part of its Elixir Festival and since then it has danced for our Dance Health team in care homes, at fundraising performances with Scottish Ballet’s Youth Exchange and as part of Generation Dance Festival, at Tramway.  Earlier this year they and the Youth Exchange took part together in a weekend of Swan Lake workshops led by the engagement team from Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures.  There will be more of these joint workshop ventures in the future.

As well as Winifred Jamieson and Tommy Small they have worked with choreographers Maxine Railton, Lewis Normand, Sara Kemal and currently, with Hayley Earlam.

For further information about SBEC, please email education@scottishballet.co.uk

Scottish Ballet Elders Company performed at Dance Base during the 2015 Edinburgh Festival Fringe