Lucy Hutton (17), a pupil at Queensferry High School, was one of a number of girls from Central Scotland Ballet School who were selected to collaborate alongside the Russian dancers at a special production of The Nutcracker.
The project is part of the Ballet Without Borders initiative which aims to bring people who love ballet together and was developed by the Moscow Caledonian Society’s Vitaly Mironov.
Lucy, her sister Emily (14), Lucy Anderson (11) and Sarah Leslie (15), all from South Queensferry, performed at the Carnegie Hall in Dunfermline last month in front of 400 impressed onlookers.
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Lucy has already enjoyed success, winning the Genee Dance Challenge at the Royal Academy of Dance when she was aged 11 and performed at the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games.
And she says dancing with principal Georgy Sorokin was another incredible moment in her burgeoning career.
She said: “It was exciting and an amazing experience, everyone was a bit nervous but it was just great to be there.
“He couldn’t speak English and I couldn’t speak Russian but it wasn’t as hard as you might think as a lot of the time we were able to communicate by interpreting each others moves. My family were proud and they seemed to really enjoy it.”
Lucy, in sixth year, is now thinking about her next steps in her career and is auditioning for a number of prestigious ballet schools in the UK.
She said: “I’m planning to go into full time training after I leave school. I’ve got auditions coming up and I want to join a professional ballet group.
“It’s quite difficult juggling school and ballet especially with exams coming up but I know I need to make ballet a priority. Some people say it’s not a real job but it’s what I love doing and my mum Sandra and dad Kevin are very supportive.”