An uplifting performance

CELEBR8 ****


AFTER all the political wranglings surrounding Scottish Ballet and Opera over the past few years, it was about time the Theatre Royal played host to a celebration. And what a touching, entertaining and uplifting night it turned out to be.

Scottish Ballet’s education unit has been hard at work for years, taking dance to the masses and holding classes in its Glasgow studios. In partnership with Glasgow City Council, it has also formed Dance4Glasgow, an initiative which gets children dancing after school and at weekends. Celebr8 gave all of them a chance to shine.

From adorable five-year-old cygnets performing a scene from Swan Lake to Scottish Ballet’s wonderful 60+ group, dancing the Rhythm of Life, this was a show bursting with commitment. The cute factor diminished as the night unfurled, as toddlers were replaced by competent teenagers, and ultimately Scottish Ballet’s 16+ group, who stole the show with a stunning Far Eastern mlange.

And as a reminder of where all that hard work can take you, two of Scottish Ballet’s hottest stars represented the professional dance community. Ashley Page’s Acrid Avid Jam is a sleek, sensuous duet which has been trotted out three times since Page’s arrival - and could stand more repeat viewings.

A night everyone involved could be proud of, and with childhood obesity at an all-time high, a sterling example to all.

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