Thursday, 17 September 2009


Photo : Andrew Ross

Scotland’s national dance company celebrates the opening of its new home

Minister for Culture, External Affairs and the Constitution Mike Russell, Scottish Ballet Principal Claire Robertson, and Scottish Ballet Mid-Associate Scott McKenzie celebrate the official opening of Scottish Ballet’s brand new custom built premises at Tramway.

To mark this historic moment for Scottish Ballet, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this month, Mr Russell unveiled the donor wall, engraved with the names of those who contributed financially to the Tramway project.

Photo : Andrew Ross

Claire Robertson’s dazzling jewel-encrusted costume is from George Balanchine’s Rubies, a piece which will be performed by the Company as part of Scottish Ballet’s 40th Anniversary Season, which tours to London and across Scotland throughout October. Twelve-year-old Scott McKenzie, from Dum, is a member of Scottish Ballet’s celebrated Associate Programme, a training scheme which prepares young people with an aptitude for movement for a career in dance.

Culture Minister Michael Russell said:
"I was delighted to learn in May that Scottish Ballet had succeeded in reaching its Tramway Appeal fundraising target and that our national dance company would finally be moving to the purpose-built premises it deserves. The strides Scottish Ballet is making in its educational programmes will encourage talented Scottish-based dancers to train and remain here in Scotland. With a diverse programme, the Company is making culture and the arts more accessible to the people of Scotland whilst further enhancing Scottish Ballet's international reputation. This collaboration between Scottish Ballet and the Tramway Theatre shows how partnerships between cultural organisations can reap great rewards."

I will have much more for you from the Company as they begin their 40th Anniversary Season.


  1. Baryshnakov danced at the Hawaii theatre last weekend!


    Comfort Spiral

  2. Cloudia - AND...... what was he like ? What did he dance ? Did you enjoy it ? Aloha !

  3. What a fantastic achievement and a way forward for the rest of the country maybe.

  4. thank you for sharing this and posting . Have a great evening .

  5. i just love ballet! the men in the top post are hilarious!

  6. Adele - couldn't agree more !

    phonelady - you too

    Mademoiselle Frou-Frou - then you are in good compnay here.

  7. Darling, thank you so much for stopping by my cottage and for the sweet comments you left behind, much appreciated. I am here for a visit now and I must say you have a lovely blog, full of interesting posts, pretty photos and a new follower… Please do stop by for a visit from time to time to have afternoon tea with me, as I will indeed.

    Love & Hugs
    Duchess ♥♥♥♥


If you've got this far and would like to leave a comment, well, YES YOU CAN.

I'd be delighted to hear from you & will respond when I can (I'm not glued to my computer so please be patient).

Please don't post spam, and constructive critique is the way to go if you want to post a comment which is anything less than nice ! Thanks.