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Scottish Ballet opens new 11m HQ

Culture Minister Mike Russell with dancers
Culture Minister Mike Russell was at the official opening

Scottish Ballet will officially open its new headquarters in Glasgow later.

The company, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, was previously based in a tenement block in the city's west end.

The new £11m purpose-built building in Glasgow's south side is attached to the Tramway Theatre.

It includes storage space for costumes and sets, a room for the 40 pairs of pointe shoes each dancer requires and Europe's largest dance rehearsal space.

The room, measuring 20m by 20m, is named after Peter Darrell, the man who founded the company.

The decision to relocate was made after the previous headquarters became unsuitable.

Rehearsal spaces were cramped and roofs were too low for dancers lifting one another.

A number of costumes were also damaged when the basement flooded.

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