In autumn 2012, Scottish Ballet visited seven communities across Scotland with Find Your Feet, a project designed to bring Scottish Ballet activities to participants of all ages and abilities.

In each area (Islay, Mull, Arran, Greenock, Perth, Fort William and Dumfries and Galloway) a team of dance officers and specialists delivered a tailored package of free workshops, talks, events and taster performances to local organisations, venues, community leaders, schools, nurseries and recreational groups – including special practical dance sessions with sports clubs and fun armchair ballet especially for care homes.

Each event was directly linked to the work of Scottish Ballet, focussing on creative dance, ballet technique, sport and dance, music, costume and design. Students from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s Modern Ballet course performed a specially commissioned new work created with first time ballet audiences in mind.

The project culminated in a live webcast, reinforcing the connection with all seven communities at the same time and providing further access to the creative work continuing at base.

The programme was created following a community consultation in each area. During the consultation process, the Scottish Ballet team established relationships with local and national art organisations, venues, community leaders, schools and nurseries and a wide range of recreational groups including sports groups, parent and child groups, senior groups and adult creative groups.

The Find your Feet project also included 50 funded places for local dance teachers from across Scotland to spend two days with Scottish Ballet, viewing the dancers at work, having workshops and benefiting from additional training opportunities which they will be able to bring back to the community directly, spring-boarding brand new opportunities for dance in each area.

By the end of the tour over six thousand participations had taken place throughout Scotland.

Find your Feet was funded through Creative Scotland’s First in a Lifetime fund.