Scottish Ballet's Family Challenge Day
A fun event for the whole family to try out some basic ballet steps
‘When you’re a parent, quite often you’ll do things with your child that you wouldn’t do on your own,’ says Catherine Cassidy, associate director of education at Scottish Ballet. How very true. Or at least that’s what Scottish Ballet is banking on, when they invite people into their Family Challenge Day.
Having borrowed eight measuring machines from the Glasgow Science Centre, Cassidy and her colleagues will be testing how high participants can jump, how flexible and responsive they are – and, let’s be honest – how willing they are to engage in something a little bit different.
‘We want people to come along and be really open-minded,’ says Cassidy. ‘Because it’s not about getting it right, it’s about giving it a go and knowing that you won’t be judged, but you’ll have fun with other people.’
As well as indulging in a little ‘healthy competition’, as Cassidy puts it, families will be taught a dance inspired by Olympics sports. ‘It will be really simple,’ assures Cassidy. ‘We’re just looking at the physicality of dance, with basic skills like jumping, turning, stretching. Hopefully people will see what a fun way to get fit and be healthy dance is – but that you can also express yourself.'
Scottish Ballet, Glasgow, Sat 16 Jun.