Do you work with, or make decisions for young people? Scottish Ballet is hosting a three-day mental health and wellbeing conference with a difference.

Leave your suits at home and prepare to immerse yourself in dance programmes that are having a big impact on young people’s lives. 

Moving Minds, an exploration of young people's mental health and wellbeing through dance, will take place on 4–6 May 2022.

The conference will comprise a blend of in-person and online events.

Day 1 (Wednesday) & Day 2 (Thursday) will be hosted at Scottish Ballet in-person, whilst Day 3 (Friday) offers a digital programme available to a worldwide audience of health and social care, education and arts sector professionals. Accessibility and inclusivity will be at the heart of this event. 

We are offering a limited number of bursaries to support freelance artists in attending this event, in conjunction with People Dancing. Please get in touch with Engagement Producer Ailbhe Turley to find out more.

Choose your own event programme based on your mood, including: 

  • Keynote speeches from leaders in health, education, youth work and dance
  • Workshops where you will learn tools used by leading dance specialists
  • Performances created by both young people and professional dancers
  • Panel discussions with industry specialists and young people 
  • Audio walks in the Hidden Gardens  
  • Exhibitions and film screenings  
  • Facilitated networking


As part of our Moving Minds Immersive Conference, attendees will see the world premiere of Tether, a specially commissioned work choreographed by Madeline Squire.

Inspired by the conference theme – an exploration of young people's mental health and wellbeing through dance - Tether explores the importance of support, relationships and human connection through movement.

Featuring dancers from both Scottish Ballet’s main company and Youth Exchange, Tether is a celebration of the positive impact of dance on young people’s lives.

We have a range of ticket prices on offer to accommodate delegates from various backgrounds. Ticket prices cover that entire day including lunch and refreshments on in-person days.

Your ticket also includes a Civic Networking Reception, dinner and ceilidh on Wednesday evening, and performance on Thursday evening by the Lost Tones Collective.

Each day will offer a different programme of events. We recommend delegates attend all 3 days to gain the fully curated conference experience, however each day is also bookable individually. 

Further session and speaker details to be announced. Delegates will be sent a booking form in advance of the event whereby they can choose which sessions they would like to attend, bookable on a first-come, first-served basis. 

With thanks to all of our partners:

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Center for Arts in MedicineCompany Chameleon, The Hidden Gardens, Indepen-danceIntercultural Youth Scotland, One Dance UKPeople Dancing, Scottish Association for Mental HealthSonia Sabri Company, Tramway and YDance. Moving Minds is generously funded by The Baring Foundation and Walter Scott Giving Group.

We also thank the Lord Provost and Glasgow City Council for kindly hosting a Moving Minds Civic Reception.