Working with trusts & foundations: Inclusion
Making Theatre Accessible to All
Our Relaxed Performances have been adapted so that families and communities living with learning disabilities and dementia can access a positive experience of dance, live music, theatre, and the arts. We aim to inspire, lift morale, and encourage a life long engagement with dance and music.
Scottish Ballet’s audio description programme enables visually impaired patrons to experience the beauty of dance and we are committed to offering BSL interpreted pre-show talks.
A Welcoming Space for All
In 2020, Scottish Ballet established an Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) committee to encourage more company members to feel brave and empowered to make actionable change. The committee discuss and make recommendations on how Scottish Ballet can continue to confront discrimination beyond the nine protected characteristics, which include age, disability and race.
Scottish Ballet are committed to our value of inclusion, thanks to funding from trusts and foundations, 109 Scottish Ballet company members, including Board members, leaders, staff and dancers have engaged in a continuing programme of anti-racism training. .
SB Health is Scottish Ballet’s health initiative ensuring everyone can experience the joy of dance.
Since 2013, we have been dancing with young people who have faced adversity in childhood and families who live with neurological conditions. With the help of these communities and our partners, we have developed seven dance programmes to bring movement and joy to:
- People living with multiple sclerosis, including their carers and families, Elevate®
- People living with Parkinson’s, including their carers and families
- People living with dementia, including their carers and families, Time to Dance®
- People living with long Covid, Emerge
- Young people who have faced adversity and their support workers
- Young people, schools and educators
- Dance artists, musicians and artists
- Health and social care professionals
- Adults and young people who face barriers to accessing activity due to their sexual orientation, gender expression, ethnicity, cultural background or disability, Safe to be Me®
As a total non-dancer, Scottish Ballet has opened my mind and confidence. I feel that my body is responding to the moves, my brain embraces the instructions and wonderful live music. I leave the class with such happiness. I smiled all day.