Scottish Ballet Elders Company (SBEC) is Scottish Ballet’s performance company for community dancers aged 60+.
Launched in 2015, SBEC company members gain entry by audition and meet weekly for two hours to take class and work with SB staff, or guest choreographers, on creating new work.
To date, the company has worked with choreographers Winifred Jamieson, Tommy Small, Maxine Railton, Lewis Normand, Sara Kemal and Hayley Earlam. It has performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, at Go Dance on stage at Glasgow’s Theatre Royal, and at Sadler’s Wells’ Elixir Festival, in London. It has also performed 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. In 2019 SBEC 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.
In 2017 SBEC member Jill Ferguson was invited to perform with SB company dancer Mia Thompson in the film Haud Close Tae Me. Choreographed by Christopher Hampson to words by Jackie Kay and directed by Eve McConnachie, the film was shown at short film festivals around the world, winning praise and prizes.
During the pandemic, the company has danced together on Zoom from time to time, including most recently in a series of workshops with The Manchester Royal Exchange Elder’s Company, inspired by Scottish Ballet's production of Starstruck, led by Sara Kemal.
We look forward to welcoming SBEC back to the studio before long.
For further information about SBEC please email email@example.com.