Diana Loosmore on teaching the next generation of ballet dancers – 'The remit for me is bringing out the best in each individual'

Interview: Diana Loosmore: 'The remit for me is bringing out the best in each individual and giving them the chance to do their best in every way'

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland lecturer talks about choreographing the final year Modern Ballet students' closing piece.

When Diana Loosmore talks to students at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland about life in a dance company, she speaks from the heart. Since moving to London from her native Australia in 1996, she has danced with Richard Alston and Siobhan Davies among others, followed by a lengthy spell at Scottish Ballet.

Now a lecturer on the Conservatoire's Modern Ballet programme, run in conjunction with Scottish Ballet, Loosmore is also charged with choreographing the final year students' closing piece – a work which not only needs to entertain audiences, but show future employers what these dancers have to offer.

'The remit for me is bringing out the best in each individual and giving them the chance to do their best in every way,' says Loosmore. 'This is them being sent out into the professional world and it's an opportunity for somebody to see them and offer them a job.'

Alongside works by Scottish Ballet's artistic director Christopher Hampson and company dancer turned choreographer Sophie Laplane, the show will feature two pieces by Loosmore including Shadow Run, which she collaborated closely with students on to explore the vast quantities of information we absorb.

'I've been working with the students on the digital influences in our world,' explains Loosmore. 'And how we process the information we're bombarded with on a daily basis, now that it's the norm in any spare second to pick up your phone and scroll through it. The idea of having followers and being followed, and how we're maybe being manipulated by social media, that's all been an interesting, rich process.'

Modern Ballet Graduation Performance, Royal Conservatoire of Glasgow, Thu 8–Sat 10 Jun, 7.30pm.

Modern Ballet Graduation Performance

Annual performance from the students of the BA Modern Ballet Programme, highlighting the talents of the dancers.

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