Tutu to inspire young dancers

Gail (left) with Darcey and the famous tutu
Gail (left) with Darcey and the famous tutu

A beautiful peach and silver tutu worn by prima ballerina Darcey Bussell is currently inspiring young dancers at a Kirkcaldy dance studio.

Gail Neish, who runs the charitable Gail Neish Dance Studio in Coal Wynd, outbid competitors in an auction to buy the coveted costume at a gala event on behalf of the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD), of which Gail is an honorary lifelong member.

Darcey Bussell is president of the Royal Academy of Dance and also a judge on the latest series of the BBC’s ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ show.

Last week the RAD held the 2013 International Genee competition in Glasgow. As part of its fundraising for the event the academy held a charity auction to raise funds, and the highlight was a special Darcey Bussell tutu worn at the ‘Stars of the Night’ glittering gala event held in Her Majesty’s Theatre in London in 1997.

The tutu was one of just four specially recreated for Ms Bussell from Oliver Messel’s designs from the 1946 Sadler’s Wells production of ‘Sleeping Beauty.’

Gail Neish, who was awarded the prestigious honour of Life Member of the RAD in 2008, was delighted to support the cause and was the eventual winner of the coveted tutu, for which she paid an undisclosed but “eye-watering amount.”

At the moment the tutu is on open display in Studio 1 at the dance studios and the students are making the most of the opportunity to see it up close.

Gail explained that the plan is to have a case made for it where it can be displayed properly in either the foyer or in Studio 1.

She said: “We are thrilled that this piece of history, worn by one of the world’s prima ballerinas, will inspire our students in its new home at our studios in Kirkcaldy.”