Royal Conservatoire of Scotland's Graduation Performance highlights the future stars of the ballet world

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland's Graduation Performance highlights the future stars of the ballet world

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Student Hannah Cubitt discusses being involved with the programme and her future plans

You can hear the stories and watch from the sidelines, but nothing prepares you for a career like doing it yourself. Which is why the young dancers on the BA Modern Ballet course at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland are so lucky. Run in conjunction with Scottish Ballet, the course will wrap up this summer with third-year students touring Scotland in the company's Wee Hansel and Gretel.

'We've had a lot of fantastic opportunities on the course,' says student Hannah Cubitt. 'Principal dancers from Scottish Ballet have taught us work from the company's repertoire, and touring with Wee Hansel and Gretel will be a great insight into the professional world.'

Before that, however, Cubitt and her peers will be dancing their hearts out at their graduation performance. Delivering sections from Giselle and Christopher Hampson's Cinderella, alongside contemporary works created specifically for them, the soon-to-be graduates will be hoping to make a good impression on future employers. Although, for Cubitt, that box has already been ticked.

'I'm going to be joining Scottish Ballet in September,' she says, clearly delighted. 'I trained with Scottish Ballet's Associate Programme, so I was one of those little kids looking up at the big professionals and thinking "I want to be like that". Dancing with the company was a dream I never thought would come true and I still can't quite believe it.'

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow, Thu 13–Sat 15 Jun.

BA Modern Ballet Graduation Performance

The 2019 Modern Ballet Graduation Performances feature both newly commissioned works and repertoire from leading choreographers, including Christopher Hampson (Artistic Director/CEO of Scottish Ballet), Diana Loosmore and Owen Montague. With performances by students from all three years of the programme in classical…

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