Talented Ruby stars in Scottish Ballet’s The Nutcracker

Ruby Kellas, who is 10 years old and attends Keith Primary School is currently starring in the Scottish Ballet’s The Nutcracker at Eden Court, Inverness, following on from last weeks performances at His Majesty’s Theatre in Aberdeen.

Ruby, who currently trains with Patricia-Ann Raeburn (pictured) of Jessimans School of Dance, Huntly, auditioned in May 2017 for a place in the Scottish Ballet’s Junior Associate Programme in Glasgow. Ruby was 1 of only 24 girls out of over 500 applicants to be accepted from all over the UK and Ireland. The Junior Associate Programme provides classically based training for boys and girls from Primary 6 up to Secondary 5. This is in addition to Ruby’s regular training and requires Ruby to travel to Glasgow once a month to train with the Scottish Ballet.

While training with the Scottish Ballet Ruby was given the opportunity to audition for a part in The Nutcracker. In order to achieve a place in the production she had to apply to the audition process. After being accepted she then travelled to Glasgow to attend an audition workshop. Following that she received a final call back audition where she succeeded and was offered a place in the cast as one of the children at the party and also a mouse.

Following on from The Nutcracker, Ruby will continue to train with the Scottish ballet until next summer. At that point she will need to re-audition if she wishes to continue with the Scottish Ballet and join the next stage, Mid Associates.

In addition Ruby recently did her grade 3 ballet exam and achieved Distinction. As can be seen Ruby is a very talented young lady and has a real passion for ballet. She wants to continue to learn, grow stronger and eventually move on to pointe shoes, as well as continuing to take part in highland dancing, gymnastics and Guides.

Ruby is thoroughly enjoying her time with the Scottish Ballet and performing in The Nutcracker. The Nutcracker has been a fantastic experience and she would love the opportunity to do similar things in the future. She doesn’t want it to end!

The Nutcracker continues at Eden Court until Saturday but very limited seats remain.

Photos courtesy of Kelly Kellas