Help our dancers stay strong at home
What do you love about ballet? The dancers’ athleticism and grace offer us an escape from the world, and we are missing that now more than ever. If you are too, please read on…
Whilst we are mindful that the difficulties Scottish Ballet dancers are facing pale into insignificance compared to many of you, the strict physical-distancing restrictions makes working life exceptionally challenging for a ballet company.
At home, our dancers are fashioning makeshift ballet studios; kitchen tops and backs of chairs have become barres; the Technical team have cut and delivered 2sq.meter vinyl dance floor to each dancer’s doorstep – the floor’s final journey having toured the Highlands & Islands and Korea during our 2018 Highland Fling season.
Each day the Artistic Team deliver an online ballet class to the dancers, as well as ‘floor barre’ sessions and yoga classes. These online sessions help keep our dancers poised and ready to return to work. Dancers are also running up and down stairs and doing 5K runs to support ‘Clap for Carers’. But still, with no partners to lift or space to jeté, the dancers are only working at 40% (at best) of their normal workload.