26 January 2023
A former St Margaret’s School for Girls pupil has been selected for a prestigious national ballet placement.
Rosie Mackley, who left the school in 2018, has been appointed as a National Youth Ballet emerging choreographer in the 2022-23 cohort. Rosie trained at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and, after graduating in 2020, has been working as a freelance teacher, performer, producer, and choreographer.
Rosie said of her appointment: “I am really excited to be selected as a National Youth Ballet Beyond Ballet emerging choreographer! It’s a brilliant opportunity to develop my choreographic practice and skills and am particularly interested in working with children and young people. It’s going to be useful to connect with other emerging and established choreographers and professionals as well, particularly from other parts of the UK as living in Aberdeen, the dance scene is small (but fantastic!).”
Beyond Ballet is an initiative that supports up and coming artists in all areas of the theatre industry in the early stages of their careers. Rosie will take part in The National Youth Ballet’s Residential Performance Company. While incorporating multi-media stimuli into her choreographic style, Rosie is passionate about creating a positive space for dancers, so they can benefit from an enriching and challenging environment. Through her role, Rosie hopes to improve access and participation in dance and ballet through the education projects she takes part in.
During her time at St Margaret’s, Rosie won the school’s Full Colours Certificates in recognition of her achievement in dance and her efforts in the school’s Model United Nations club. As a teenager, Rosie also took part in various dance classes, exams, and even took to the stage in professional ballet performances, including BalletLORENT’s Rapunzel at Aberdeen’s His Majesty’s Theatre.
Rosie has previously returned to her former school to host a special workshop for the children in the holiday club.