Lucy takes stage with top stars

Lucy Hutton
Lucy Hutton

A talented young South Queensferry dancing fanatic has won the chance of a lifetime – to perform on stage with two of the principals of the world-famous Russian State Ballet.

Lucy Hutton, 16, is one of a number of students from the Central Scotland Ballet School who have been chosen to perform alongside elite Russian dancers in a special production of “The Nutcracker”.

But along with fellow student Serena MCall (12) from Maddiston she has also been specially selected to dance a solo and pas-deux as partners for the Russian principals – an honour many professional ballerinas dream of achieving as a high point of their careers

The performance, to be staged in the Carnegie Hall, Dunfermline, in November, is part of an ambitious international Ballet without Borders scheme devised by Vitaly Mironov of the Moscow Caledonian Society.

As the name suggests the Society aims to forge stronger links between Scotland and Russia, and in the sphere of the arts this has led to what would otherwise have been an almost unimaginable opportunity for some West Lothian ballet students.

Aged 11 to 16, they have already taken part in a rehearsal with Russian choreographer and ballet masters Maestro Akhnundov and Vitaly Mironov, and Central Scotland Ballet School teacher Amanda-Louise Clark.

A spokeswoman for the school said: “We are very excited to be part of a project to stage ‘The Nutcracker’ with the Russian State Ballet! We had our first rehearsal with choreographer Maestro Akhundov and the dancers from our Majors classes.

“The girls learned some Russian in preparation as the Maestro speaks no English!

“The Russians were impressed by the students’ effort and enthusiasm and have invited Lucy and Serena to perform pas de deux with their Russian dancers.”

Publicity for the unique Scottish-Russian production promises the ballet will be “a glittering start to the festive season with some exquisite dancing to Tchaikovsky’s classic score”.