The Close project provides a first time ballet experience for young adults delivered in partnership with The Kibble Care and Education Centre and Gorgie Mills Special School.

This vital education project introduces at-risk young people to dance and music for the first time. Our participants are in special unit schools because they have faced adversity during childhood.

Through artistic projects inspired by contemporary themes based on Scottish Ballet's productions, individuals are supported to explore their own creative ability and develop teamwork skills.

Woodlands Project

Within a week of attending the theatre as VIP guests, they are invited to take part in creative dance and music workshops.

Participants have the opportunity to explore key themes and issues they have identified from the production and also receive a post-show talk with Scottish Ballet's Artistic Director Christopher Hampson and a selection of our dancers.

The Close aims to empower participants by welcoming their creative ideas and building their confidence, communication, self-expression and creative skills, as well as providing a cultural and social education, and enriching new experiences.


The Close has received funding from; The Gannochy Trust, The Gordon Fraser Charitable Trust, The Barcapel Foundation and Hugh Fraser Foundation - a huge thank you to all of our supporters.