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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.

DONATE NOW

Donations may also be made over the phone by calling Olivia Calder on 0141 331 6291, or by cheque. Please make cheques payable to Scottish Ballet and post to the following address:

FREEPOST RTCE-KABC-XHJJ, Advancement Department, Scottish Ballet, 25 Albert Drive, Glasgow, G41 2PE

Can you help our dancers to improve their working-from-home prospects?

Whilst social distancing continues, and with your help, we would like to offer all 40 dancers a wider range of at-home and online support services, expertise and equipment* such as:

  • Portable, adjustable ballet barres to ensure correct height and to avoid awkward posture that might lead to injury
  • A selection of free weights/kettle bells* to maintain definition and strength
  • Trampettes (mini trampolines) for lower limb strength, especially important when returning to regular pointe work
  • Spin bikes for cardiovascular fitness to enhance permitted outdoor activities such as walking and jogging.

Tailored personal programmes:

  • Unlimited, private on-line clinics and consultations with our in-house Performance Medical Team
  • Bespoke dance medicine programmes from Strength & Conditioning and dietetic experts, Sports’ Psychologists and Doctors.

*As much as possible, items will be leased from facilities currently closed such as gyms and universities.

Scottish Ballet’s greatest asset is its dancers and we want to ensure that they will return stronger than ever when the time comes.

Our aim is to return to theatres across Scotland later this year. We hope that you will be there, by our side, to celebrate the return of the life we once all took for granted. Until then, please support Scottish Ballet’s dancers to remain physically fit and mentally robust during this time of great uncertainty and challenge. 

‘The restrictions imposed as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic have presented significant challenges for our dancers. Providing them with strength and conditioning equipment, such as ballet barres and weights will help us to reduce the impact that the current limitations have on their artistic, athletic and aesthetic prowess. Increasing dancers’ access to an industry-leading group of clinicians will ensure that when we do return, we return as healthy in mind and body as ever.’

Martin Lanfear, Head of Performance Medicine
DONATE NOW

Donations may also be made over the phone by calling Olivia Calder on 0141 331 6291, or by cheque. Please make cheques payable to Scottish Ballet and post to the following address:

FREEPOST RTCE-KABC-XHJJ, Advancement Department, Scottish Ballet, 25 Albert Drive, Glasgow, G41 2PE

Those donating over £40 will be accredited on our website.