Photo (L-R): City Building apprentices Arran Brown, Conor Quail and Victor Zarallo, solo dancer at Scottish Ballet
Apprentices from construction firm City Building have enjoyed a different kind of lesson, ditching their tools to take part in a workshop organised by Scottish Ballet.
Designed to encourage team work and communication, the session taught basic techniques in self-expression and confidence. The group of apprentice painters, plumbers, electricians and joiners, also received advice to improve balance and spatial awareness.
The workshop was initiated by Scottish Ballet’s education team as a partnership opportunity with City Building. The electrical division from City Building along with the construction company’s sub-contractor Chubb undertook a project that saw improvements made to the door entry and alarms systems as part of the construction firm’s community benefits programme.
In addition to receiving an intimate training session, apprentices were also given exclusive behind-the-scenes access to rehearsals currently underway for Scottish Ballet’s upcoming American tour.
Dr Graham Paterson, executive director at City Building said: “This is a unique, once in a lifetime opportunity for our apprentices to learn from some of the world’s most exciting ballet dancers. While some were undoubtedly more flexible than others, all benefited from a heightened understanding of the importance of team work and strong communication.
“I would like to offer my gratitude to Scottish Ballet for giving the team the chance to take part and hopefully they will share their insights with the wider company.”
Steven Roth, executive director, at Scottish Ballet said: “Dance is a powerful mechanism for inspiring confidence in individuals. By adopting a few simple techniques people can make a positive difference to their everyday interactions.
“City Building did a great job upgrading our systems and it was wonderful to be able to provide this unique opportunity to young apprentices in return, and to see the value that they have they have taken away from the workshop. We look forward to many more such partnerships.”