Scottish Ballet & The Big Arts Give

November 30, 2010

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The Prince finds the shoe: the Company in Ashley Page’s Cinderella. Photograph by Bill Cooper

The Prince finds the shoe: the Company in Ashley Page’s Cinderella. Photograph by Bill Cooper





From Scottish Ballet                                                               30 November 2010



Scottish Ballet invites you to help keep their dancers on their toes all season long

As a registered charity, Scottish Ballet is taking part in the Big Arts Give this December, raising money towards the gorgeous array of pointe shoes and customised character shoes featured in this winter’s Cinderella tour through our Cinderella Shoe Appeal.

The Big Arts Give, funded by the Reed Foundation with partnership funding from Arts and Business, offers arts charities the unique opportunity to double the money they raise between 6-10 December, so between these dates, we are asking that anyone wishing to contribute to the appeal makes their donations.  If you are in the Glasgow area, you can make a donation in person at Scottish Ballet’s headquarters between 9.30am and 1pm on these dates, and by doing so, you will also have the opportunity to see a selection of stunning costumes up close.

A donation to the Cinderella Shoe Appeal makes an unusual Christmas gift for ballet fans, and as benefits for contributions include signed programmes and Swarovski crystal-embellished pointe shoes, there will be something beautiful to wrap up under the tree.

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Scottish Ballet staff

And if you’d really like to get into the spirit, why not hold your own Slippers for Slippers day to raise money for Cinderella’s enchanted footwear? We are inviting businesses, community groups and schools to wear their slippers to work or classes and pay a small donation to do so. Scottish Ballet staff held their own Slippers for Slippers day, and you can have a look at photos from the day for inspiration! Participants can send in their own photos to us through Twitter or to, and we will be updating all slipper and Big Give activity as it happens through Twitter and Facebook.

Scottish Ballet’s Cinderella opens at Theatre Royal, Glasgow, on 14 December, and tours to Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Inverness and Belfast throughout January and February.

  • From 10am on 6 December until 5pm on 10 December, any donation made to the Cinderella shoe appeal will be doubled if made through The Big Give. Several arts organisations are taking part in The Big Give – for further information, please contact
  • Donations can be made in person at Scottish Ballet, Tramway, 25 Albert Drive, Glasgow, G41 2PE between 9.30am and 1pm from 6-10 December. 
  • Scottish Ballet’s dancers will go through around 700 pairs of shoes throughout the 5 weeks of rehearsals and the eight weeks of performances for the Cinderella tour, making shoes a necessary but costly expense for the Company. The dancer performing the title role in Cinderella will wear at least three pairs of customised pointe shoes during one performance, and unlike everyday shoes these can’t be re-soled and heeled. 
  • Scottish Ballet’s production of Cinderella it isn’t all about pointe shoes; the Wardrobe team has to source and take on tour a variety of different types of shoe to ensure a constant supply throughout the run including soft courts with a small heel and ribbons; lace-up heeled ankle boots; jazz shoes embellished with rosettes; pointe shoes dyed different colours and soft white and nude leather ballet flats; all fitted to each dancer’s individual requirements to ensure they fit like a glove.  
  • The costs of shoes in Cinderella vary in price from £35 upwards.
    – £35 will pay for a pair of pale pink satin pointe shoes our heroine wears to the Ball where she meets her Prince.
Claire Robertson as Cinderella in Ashley Page’s Cinderella. Photograph by Bill Cooper

Claire Robertson as Cinderella in Ashley Page’s Cinderella. Photograph by Bill Cooper

– £50 will pay for two pairs of soft white leather ballet flats the Prince wears each performance, a pair of Christian Lacroix-inspired vivid pink and tangerine orange satin pointe shoes worn by the Stepsisters to the Ball or the vibrant purple pointe shoes worn by the wicked Stepmother during the Ball.

– £75 will pay for the deep purple court shoes embellished with a burgundy rosette that the Father wears on his wedding day.
– £150 will fund a pair of lilac heeled court shoes adorned with pale yellow ribbons that Cinderella wears to her Father and Stepmother’s wedding.

– £300 will fund a pair of customised black leather lace-up heeled ankle boots worn by the Stepmother to her wedding.

– £500 will pay for the sparkling, diamante-encrusted couture dress shoes tried on by the sisters for the Ball.

– £1000 will pay for all the shoes for one performance of Cinderella.

As a thank you, donations will receive the following benefits:
£35: Accreditation on Scottish Ballet’s website
£50: The above benefit PLUS accreditation in the Cinderella programme
£75: The above benefits PLUS a programme signed by the dancer whose character’s shoes you fund
£150: The above benefits PLUS a thank you letter from the dancer whose character’s shoes you fund
£300: The above benefits PLUS a Swarovski crystal-embellished pointe shoe
£500: The above benefits PLUS a tour of Scottish Ballet’s headquarters at Tramway with a private view of the shoe store
£1000: The above benefits PLUS the opportunity to watch a private rehearsal at Scottish Ballet’s headquarters

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Scottish Ballet Mid Associates

Cinderella listings

Theatre Royal Glasgow

Tuesday 14 – Friday 31 December 2010

Box office 0844 871 7647*

Festival Theatre Edinburgh

Wednesday 12 – Saturday 15 January 2011

Box office 0131 529 6000*

His Majesty’s Theatre Aberdeen

Wednesday 19 – Saturday 22 January 2011

Box office 01224 641122*

Eden Court Theatre Inverness

Wednesday 26 – Saturday 29 January 2011

Box office 01463 234 234*

Grand Opera House Belfast

Wednesday 2 – Saturday 5 February 2011

Box office 028 9024 1919*

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One Response to “Scottish Ballet & The Big Arts Give”

  1. HP Says:

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