Q&A with Dance:Sampled’s Scottish Ballet

Bethany Kingsley-Garner as the Sugar Plum Fairy and Evan Loudon as the Prince in Peter Darrell's The Nutcracker. Photo by Andy Ross

We spoke to members of Scottish Ballet ahead of them performing their famous duet from ‘The Nutcracker’ and an extract from contemporary ballet ‘Sibilo’ at Dance:Sampled on Saturday 17th February at The Lowry!

 

Evan Loudon

1. How long have you been dancing? What made you start?

 I have been dancing for 17 years. I actually started in gymnastics and my teacher said I should go into dance so I started with all types but Ballet won me over.

2. What do you love about dancing and watching dance?

 There are many things I love about dancing but the main one is that feeling when the audience applause and knowing you’ve done a good job. I love watching dance when the dancer really loses themselves in the story or character and you get taken on the journey with them.

3. What do you think the appeal of a showcase like Dance: Sampled is?

I think the appeal of the showcase is to show different types of dancing and how dance is universal and can bring people together from all different types of backgrounds.

4. Who or what inspires you?

 The thing that inspires me to dance the most is how much joy and fulfilment it brings me and also how much it inspires others.

5. What is your greatest achievement to date?

One of my greatest achievements to date was probably when I danced in the 300th Anniversary celebrations for the Paris Opera. 

Bethany Kingsley-Garner

1. How long have you been dancing and what made you start?

I grew up in a household full of piano music, theatre and dance as my older sister was a big part of the creative world so it became the norm for me. I would dance along and join in, then at the age of three I started ballet lessons then age 11 I gained a place at The Royal Ballet School and have been dancing ever since. 

2. What do you love about dancing and watching dance.

I love the way dancing makes me feel. I can easily get absorbed in a piece of music and in the character I’m portraying in a story ballet.  I love sharing that feeling with an audience and taking them on the journey with me. I enjoy watching other people perform and appreciate the many different dance forms. 

3. What do you think the appeal of a showcase like Dance: Sampled is?

I think the appeal of a showcase like Dance: Sampled is that it’s an introduction to different dance forms in one show. An opportunity for all dance lovers to experience taster performances that they may decide they’d like to explore and enjoy further as a result of the showcase.

4. Who or what inspires you?

Margot Fonteyn is my main inspiration. Her dancing has an exquisite lyricism that flows with ease and she could tell a story though her eyes and body movements. She could connect with her audience and take you on the journey with her. I appreciate the refined style of original classical ballet. 

5. What is your greatest achievement to date?

I have several rewarding moments but reaching the position of principal ballerina and being promoted on stage after Performing the role of Odette and Odile is the most memorable achievement.

Returning to The Royal Opera House as a principal ballerina to perform a lead role with my Scottish Ballet Company, I last performed there at my graduation ten years earlier so this felt like a great achievement. 

The most recent achievement I’m delighted about is being nominated by the Critics Circle of The National Dance Awards for Outstanding Female Performance (Classical) 

Nicholas Shoesmith

1. How long have you been dancing and what made you start?

I started dancing when I was 10 – mainly Ballet. 14 years on and I’m still doing just that. I started after watching a performance of ‘Trilogy’ at the Australian Ballet. Guest artist Angel Corella at the time was just excellent to watch. He showed me that it’s great to connect with audiences, something I still try to do every time I go on stage.

2. What do you love about dancing and watching dance?

When watching dance I like innovation, seeing something new. I think my taste over the years has changed dramatically, and will continue to. I guess that’s just how choreography keeps growing and changing. Just like watching it, I love being part of that very same innovation. Who doesn’t want to be in something original and created on them?

3. What do you think the appeal of a showcase like Dance: Sampled is?

With such a variety of styles being shown in one program, there’s bound to be something everyone thoroughly enjoys. Though I’m sure there will be something in every number that speaks to people.

4. Who or what inspires you?

Every applause we get for what we do is such a great feeling that it gets you ready for the following show. So the audience is my inspiration. That and my girlfriend. She’s incredible.

5. What is your greatest achievement to date?

 My greatest achievement to date would be performing as Benno in David Dawson’s Swan Lake. It was hugely challenging for me and was a huge step forward in my career.

Thomas Edwards 

1. How long have you been dancing? What made you start?

I have been dancing for 20 years. I started dancing at the age of three in my hometown of Worcester. My two sisters, one older and the other my twin, started taking dance classes at our local dance school, and I use to stand outside the studio and copy them. One day the teacher approached my Mum and said I should get a uniform of my own and join in, and so I did and the rest is history.

2. What do you love about dancing and watching dance?

I love being out on stage and performing to a large audience – knowing how far we have all come to get to this point and how all the hard work has paid off. I especially love when I have family in the audience and for them to see how far I have come.

3. What do you think the appeal of a showcase like Dance: Sampled is?

There is such a variety of performances and styles being shown on the night there will be at least one piece that everyone will enjoy. The wide variety of creative genres will hopefully open the audience to new experiences

4. Who or what inspires you?

What inspires me the most is seeing younger children who come and watch the company perform and they tell us how our performance has inspired them to either start dance or carry on dancing. Especially young male dancers who have considered stopping because of bullies or negative comments they have received.

5. What is your greatest achievements to date?

Three achievements stand out to me when looking back in my career;

The first was when I was given the opportunity to perform a group and solo number at the 2012 Olympic games. Performing to over 50,000 people within the stadium and the thousands of people at home watching on the TV was so exhilarating.

The second was when I reached the finals of the 2013 Prix de Lausanne, which was an achievement I never thought was possible. 

My last achievement would be dancing my first principle role at Scottish Ballet as Hansel in Christopher Hampson ‘Hansel & Gretel’.

 

Dance:Sampled is a celebration of dance in all its forms, showcasing the very best of international dance talent in enticing bitesize performances.

Watch the show and join in, with a day jam-packed full of dance activities for all ages. Tickets and more information can be found here.

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