Vincent Hantam/ Sophie Laplane

Vincent Hantam
Vincent is from South Africa and danced most of the principal roles with Scottish Ballet from 1975-1991. He is best remembered for his Spectre De La Rose, Mercutio and Romeo in Romeo & Juliet and many more. Vincent has performed with many companies both locally and on the international stage. He has produced many ballets for various companies including O'Caritas from Peter Darrell, Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty (Act III) and Othello. Although he still dances, it is his teaching that makes him so popular both locally and abroad. He is delighted to be teaching the professional classes and especially looking forward to the community adult classes. In September 2012 Vincent became the first "Artist In Residence" at the University of Edinburgh.

Sophie Laplane
Sophie Laplane was born in Paris and trained at The Conservatoire
National Supérieur. Joining Scottish Ballet in 2004, she was promoted to
First Artist in 2011. During her career as a dancer at Scottish Ballet, Sophie performed a variety of roles for numerous productions in theatres around the world.

Particular career highlights include Crystal Pite’s Emergence, playing
‘Stella’ in A Streetcar Named Desire, and Ivgi & Greben’s Each Other.
In 2013, Sophie was given the opportunity to showcase her first
choreographic piece Oxymore, which was commissioned by Scottish
Ballet's CEO & Artistic Director Christopher Hampson. Sophie's natural ability as a choreographer would attract a further three commissions (Maze, Sibilo, and the 360 degree piece A Perfect Place) during the remainder of her time at Scottish Ballet. Sophie has also created two pieces for the Royal Conservatoire Of Scotland.

Retiring as a dancer in June 2017 she has recently been appointed Artist In Residence at Scottish Ballet and is now fully focused on her choreographic work.

Sophie has a keen interest in teaching and joined the education group created by Scottish Ballet Education Department where she was able to develop her core teaching skills and give a number of workshops.

Whether it’s through choreography or teaching Sophie is passionate
about bringing the best out of each individual and helping them to
develop and expand upon their abilities. In her own words:
“Everyone has the capacity to grow - I want to help people be the best
that they can be and expand the individual skills that they have”

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