An Aberdeen boy is set to perform with two of the country’s top ballet companies this winter.
Scott Milne, 11, who attends lessons at the city’s Danscentre, has successfully landed a place dancing with both the Birmingham Royal Ballet and the Scottish Ballet in The Nutcracker.
The Peterculter youngster is one of four boys to land a part in the cast of the ballet, which will be performed at the Royal Albert Hall in London from December 28 to the 31.
Scott, a Primary 7 pupil at Culter Primary, will then perform in Scottish Ballet’s version of the Nutcracker in Aberdeen and Inverness in January.
Scott’s proud mum Alison said: “Scott is very excited. He loves dancing, and as long as he’s having fun that’s what’s important.
“There were 330 auditionees and only 16 parts – eight for boys and eight for girls.”
Scott follows in the footsteps of another Danscentre success, Harris Beattie
Danscentre’s Karen Berry said: “This is another fantastic achievement for us coming so soon on the back of Harris’ speculator win of the gold medal at the Genee International Ballet competition.
“Again, as with Harris, Scott is a hard worker who is dedicated to improving his skills and technique.
“He is part of our Associate programme where children train three times a week.
“He started in modern jazz dance and hip-hop but, inspired by the older boys within school – Harris being one of them – started ballet around three years ago.
“Once boys realise the athleticism that ballet demands they are quickly hooked. It allows them the opportunity to develop strength, stamina and core technique that no other dance form can match.
“They love it. We are all so happy for him and wish him a fantastic few months.”
Scott has been travelling to London and Birmingham to begin rehearsals with the company.