I'm going to Pitlochry this weekend to see The Steamie. It was at the Pitlochry Festival Theatre where I first saw Ballet West (see "Ballet West's: 'The Nutcracker'" 25 Feb 2013) and it is good to know that one of Ballet West's students - Genée medallist Natasha Watson - has joined Scottish Ballet and will be dancing in Christopher Hampson's Hansel & Gretel shortly. I shall follow her career with interest and wish her well.
The company that she is joining is one that I have followed even before it was Scottish. It moved to Glasgow shortly after I moved to St Andrews. I played a small role in bringing it to St Andrews for the first St Andrews Arts Festival. It performed the day that decimal currency was introduced. How do I remember that? I was on the Festival's organizing committee and did the sums. It was at Scottish Theatre Ballet that I learned to appreciate ballet - even tempting me to take my first lessons.
Scottish Ballet is one of the partners of Get Scotland Dancing, a project to encourage more people to get active and participate in dance. As part of the Genée legacy there will be "Get Dancin' Week" between the 19 and 26 January when free dance lessons will be offered to those who have never danced or who last danced a long time ago. Like Northern Ballet and Rambert Scottish Ballet holds classes for those of us who won't see 21 again. Those classes were featured by the BBC in "Silver Swans' taking to the barre later in life for ballet lessons" 18 Oct 2013.
That influence of that video has already spread far beyond Scotland. A class of seniors in Barnsley who have been inspired by the Silver Swans is looking for a teacher. I am sure there must be more all around the UK.