A rising Aberdeen ballet star has landed a coveted spot with a top touring company.
Harris Beattie, who was trained at Danscentre in the Granite City, has spoken of his joy today at being offered the role with Northern Ballet.
The 19-year-old thanked his former teachers for their help in landing him the job with the Leeds company.
Harris said: “I feel truly excited and proud to be joining northern Ballet as an artist at the start of the season.
“When I first heard that I received a job from Northern Ballet I was just so happy and excited.
“Thinking about what is to come, being a professional dancer is what I have trained all these years, although it won’t stop here.
“I will aim to continue to improve technically and as an artist – I just simply cannot wait to start.
“I’d like to thank all the teachers at Danscentre who have always given me continuous support.”
Harris is no stranger to performing having competed in the illustrious Genee International Ballet Competition as a 16-year-old.
He has also performed in a number of ballets across the country having studied at the Central School of Ballet in London.
Teachers and staff at Danscentre on Hutcheon Street have given the young ballet star their best wishes.
Co-principal and partner of Danscentre, Michelle Whyte said: “We were delighted to hear the news.
“Harris has worked so hard for this and everyone at Danscentre is proud of him.
“The auditions are very competitive, so to be able to land an audition and get a full-time contract is incredible.
“We hope that this is the first of many to come and we hope that people can see you don’t need to leave Aberdeen to go to London to start your training.
“It just shows you that the sky is the limit.”