Dance Base becomes first Scottish centre to enter European Dancehouse Network

Dance Base becomes first Scottish centre to enter European Dancehouse Network

Prestigious network welcomes Scotland’s National Centre for Dance

Until recently, 22 different countries were represented in the European Dancehouse Network (EDN) – but Scotland wasn’t one of them.

However, a vote within the organisation has seen Dance Base in Edinburgh become the first Scottish dance house deemed worthy of Network membership.

Dance Base is now one of 36 venues across Europe that are part of EDN, which was set up to promote the professional development of dance artists, and dance as an art form in general.

‘It’s historic because we are the first dance house from Scotland to be included,’ says artistic director of Dance Base, Morag Deyes, ‘but more importantly, Scotland is now recognised as having a dance culture that warrants inclusion.’

One aspect of EDN membership that Deyes is particularly excited about, is the potential for dancers from Scotland to develop, produce and show their work in dance houses around Europe.

‘It can lead to new ways of thinking about choreography,’ she says, ‘discovering new trends, taking risks and learning about technique. Plus there is the potential to see how work can be produced differently in terms of lighting and scenography, which is often given more attention than in the UK.’

Dance Base first opened its doors at the Assembly Rooms in 1994, before moving to award-winning, purpose-built premises on the Grassmarket in 2001. Since then, it has grown from strength to strength, offering world class professional dance development, as well as a wide range of dance classes for the general public.

It has also become a hub of international and home-grown dance talent during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe each year, as well as holding the inaugural NordDance festival, featuring work from Scotland and Scandinavia, in 2015.

‘Dance Base has a good reputation amongst the other EDN members,’ says Deyes. ‘And the style, grit and artistic accomplishments of our artists, managers and ambassadors within the dance community have earned us this membership.

‘Scottish dance artists at every stage of their careers now have a wider wealth of new opportunities and inspirations available to them – creatively, economically and aesthetically.’

Dance Base

14–16 Grassmarket, Edinburgh, EH1 2JU

Scotland's national centre for dance is a £6.4m building that opened in 2001 with four world-class studios, the largest of which has a glass ceiling and a magnificent view directly up to Edinburgh Castle. Every week it caters to 2500 dancers of all ages…

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