Archive for the ‘Ballet’ Category


Friday, March 25th, 2016

March 25 2016


This week I have been experimenting with Monoprints. A Monoprint is a form of printmaking where the print is made only once, unlike most printmaking where a limited edition of each image is made.  I have painted directly on to the plate using my drawings as inspiration,  The first is from a drawing made of Ballet Black‘s performance at the BarbicanStoryville 

Storyville_edited-3 Storyville. Ballet Black

Leaving Traces III_edited-1Leaving Traces III

you flicker_edited-1You Flicker. I Cannot Touch You. 

I am beginning a new series of etchings inspired by lines of poetry. The first in the series is inspired by Sylvia Plath‘s Poppies In July:

“You flicker. I cannot touch you.

I put my hands among the flames. Nothing burns”

Ballet Black

Sunday, March 20th, 2016

March 20 2016

Ballet Black at The Barbican

A wonderful evening watching Ballet Black’s triple bill at the Barbican. I did a few sketches which I’d like to use for etchings

Ballet Black Cristaux b

Choreographer Arthur Pita, dancers Cira Robinson and Mthuthuzeli November in Cristaux

Ballet Black begin b

Choreographer Christopher Marney. To Begin, Begin

Ballet Black story b

Choreographer Christopher Hampson. Storyville.

Parkinson’s Dance, Pavilion Dance South West

Wednesday, December 30th, 2015

December 30 2015

Parkinson’s Dance, Pavilion Dance South West

Last month I was asked if I would like to visit Pavilion Dance South West, Bournemouth to draw a truly inspirational dance class to help raise money to extend the class to other venues across the South West. The class is for people with the progressive neurological condition, Parkinson’s, this condition affects 1 in every 500 people across the UK. Common symptoms are difficulties with balance, co-ordination, turning around, posture and walking. The class is led by a dance teacher and a physiotherapist.

I created an A2 image in graphite, coloured pencil and watercolour. It has been printed as a signed limited edition giclee print on Hahnemuhle German Etching Paper. All proceeds of sales go to Parkinson’s Dance to raise money for this very worthwhile class. If you would like to buy a print please contact

Parkinson's Dance.Sally McKay

Parkinson’s Dance, 2015

Morley Gallery

Sunday, December 13th, 2015

December 13 2015

Morley Gallery

Tomorrow I’ll be at Morley Gallery, Waterloo between 12.30-5.30 to discuss the printmaking techniques I use. 8 of my framed etchings on show as well as my unframed prints, part of a strong printmakers show by the Greenwich Printmakers. All work for sale. Be great to see you

Morley Gallery

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A sharing of my work at Greenwich Dance

Thursday, December 10th, 2015

December 10 2015

A sharing of my work at Greenwich Dance

A show in the upstairs foyer of my paintings, drawings and etchings.

GDA cabaret 8_edited-1

Colour Field I. Yorke Dance Project rehearsing City Limitless. Acrylic and oil on canvas

Colour Field II. English National Ballet rehearsing Firebird. Acrylic and oil on canvas

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top: Impact Dance, Hakeem Onidudo. From drawings at The Supper Room, Greenwich Dance

Who Killed Bambi? Renaud Wiser Dance Company. Drawn during rehearsals, Greenwich Dance

mid:Impact Dance, Hakeem Onidudo. From drawings at The Supper Room, Greenwich Dance

Border Tales, Protein Dance. Drawn during rehearsals, Greenwich Dance

Amstatten, Choreographer Robert Clark. Drawn during rehearsals, Greenwich Dance

Beyond Front@. Drawn during workshops, Greenwich Dance


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Hip-Hop drawing. Russell Maliphant Dance Company drawn during rehearsals, The Rodin Project Medium: Oil and acrylic on Fabriano paper


Etchings from drawings made during rehearsals and performance: New Adventures, Yorke Dance Project, Theo Clinkard, Laban, ENB, Ballet Black, Rambert

GDA 9_edited-1

Don’t Look Back. Candoco: The Perfect Human, choreographer Hofesh Shechter. Medium: Oil and acrylic on canvas

The majority of the work is for sale, please visit Greenwich Dance, GDA, to view, contact me for prices

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Sylvie Guillem. Life in Progress

Monday, May 25th, 2015

May 25 2015

Sylvie Guillem. Life in Progress

Prima Ballerina Sylvie Guillem at Sadler’s Wells takes her final bow after 39 years dancing


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English National Ballet. Modern Masters

Thursday, March 12th, 2015

12 March 2015

English National Ballet. Modern Masters

English National Ballet at Sadler’s Wells 10 – 15 March dancing Petite Mort, choreographed by Jiri Kylian, Spring and Fall choreography by John Neumeier and William Forsythe‘s In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated.


In The Middle, Somewhat Elevated

Ballet Black at The Linbury

Friday, February 13th, 2015

13 February 2015

Ballet Black at The Linbury

To Fetch a Pail of Water? Depouillement (2009). Second Coming

Kit Holder choreographed the first dance of the evening, To Fetch a Pail of Water? Based on the nursery rhyme, Jack and Jill, Holder has given it an alternative story line, presenting his own version of why they went uphill and it was far from innocent.

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Depouillement choreographed by Will Tuckett followed, music composed by Ravel, Sonata for violin & cello: Allegro, Tres vif, Lent and Depouillement.

Balet Black 2

I was glad I was told in the interval to read the programme blurb about the final dance of the evening, Second Coming choreographed by Mark Bruce. Without it I would have felt quite lost.

Balet Black 3

Balet Black 4

A great evening of strong choreography and beautiful dance. The drawings were made during the performance in the dark.

New Adventure’s Edward Scissorhands on Tour

Friday, November 7th, 2014

7 November 2014

New Adventure‘s production of Edward Scissorhands choreographed by Matthew Bourne opens 10 November at Theatre Royal, Plymouth running until 15 November, then touring and coming to Sadler’s Wells, London 2 December 2014 – 11 January 2015 with orchestra led by violinist Gina McCormack

Edward Scissorhands 1b©



Edward Scissorhands Rehearsal

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

30 October 2014

Edward Scissorhands Rehearsal

Yesterday I spent a wonderful day drawing the cast of New Adventures, rehearsing Edward Scissorhands at Three Mills Studios. The day began with the company class, I was delighted to see my friend and talented musician Ronan Kozokaro was the accompanist for the class, we have collaborated on several projects in the past.

Edward Scissorhands 4 ©

Edward Scissorhands 3 ©

Edward Scissorhands 1 ©

Edward Scissorhands 5 ©

On Monday I will start working on new zinc etching plates in response to the drawings I have done of the day.