Dance Base

Dance Base
14–16 Grassmarket, Edinburgh, EH1 2JU
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Dance Base

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 and abilities who take part in one of three artistic programmes. The first is a year-round series of public classes – over 100 in all – covering more than 40 forms of dance, including hip-hop and breakdancing, Cuban salsa, ballroom and Egyptian belly dance. The second programme supports professional dancers with classes and workshops, promotes their work through performances, including a platform on the Edinburgh Fringe, and provides help with professional development and management. The third programme ventures into the city and takes dance to nurseries, schools, youth groups and day centres, engaging people of all abilities. Groups also come to the Grassmarket studios for classes and to watch professional companies rehearse and perform. Although primarily geared up for participation, Dance Base runs a lively programme of dance performances on the Fringe.

Events at this venue

There are 17 events at this location

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Atomic 3001

Leslie Mannès / Sitoid / Vincent Lemaître Atomic 3001 is a futuristic dance ritual which submits a being to a perpetual and incoercible pulse drawing her into some infernal dance machine. This sound implacably brings her to exhaustion, trance and incandescence. Atomic 3001 is the result of the collaboration between the…

Tue 21 Aug

Studio 1

£11 (£9) / 0131 225 5525

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Wed 22 Aug

Studio 1

£13 (£11) / 0131 225 5525

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 23 Aug

Studio 1

£13 (£11) / 0131 225 5525

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 3 more dates until 26 Aug

Confessions of a Cockney Temple Dancer

Shane Shambhu In Confessions of a Cockney Temple Dancer, Shane Shambhu (Complicité Associate) offers a funny, honest and engaging bilingual solo with an acclaimed team of collaborators. Reflecting on his personal journey of growing up in East London and learning and performing Indian dance in the UK, Shane plays with…

Wed 22 Aug

Studio 1

£11 (£9) / 0131 225 5525

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 23 Aug

Studio 1

£13 (£11) / 0131 225 5525

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 24 Aug

Studio 1

£13 (£11) / 0131 225 5525

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 2 more dates until 26 Aug

Flamenco: Up Close

FabFlamenco Experience the full power and intensity of authentic Spanish flamenco, seen up close. From Seville, passionate and inspirational flamenco dancer-choreographer Charo Cala, with Antonio Amaya 'El Petete' and Adela Ramos, accompanied by explosive, award-winning flamenco singer Iván Ramos 'El Pumu' and dazzling…

Thu 23 Aug

Studio 1

£11 (£9) / 0131 225 5525

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 24 Aug

Studio 1

£13 (£11) / 0131 225 5525

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 25 Aug

Studio 1

£13 (£11) / 0131 225 5525

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 26 Aug

Studio 1

£13 (£11) / 0131 225 5525

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Folding Echoes

Joseph Lee Wai-Nang Folding Echoes is a solo dance piece, which originated from audiences’ urge to understand a contemporary dance performance in general across cultures. This work creates a unique theatre experience to reconstruct audiences' perception of the theatrical space as well as contemporary dance. It explores…

Fri 17 Aug

Studio 3

£13 (£11) / 0131 225 5525

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 18 Aug

Studio 3

£13 (£11) / 0131 225 5525

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 19 Aug

Studio 3

£13 (£11) / 0131 225 5525

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 6 more dates until 26 Aug

Four Go Wild in Wellies

  • 3 stars

Indepen-dance 4 Four Go Wild in Wellies is a playful look at how friendships are built, broken and mended – a whimsical adventure featuring tents that have a life of their own, bobble hats and of course, lots of fun in wellies! A show for audiences aged three to five years from Indepen-dance 4, Scotland’s inclusive…

Fri 17 Aug

Studio 3

£9 (£7) / 0131 225 5525

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

  • 14:10 – 14:35

Sat 18 Aug

Studio 3

£9 (£7) / 0131 225 5525

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 19 Aug

Studio 3

£9 (£7) / 0131 225 5525

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 6 more dates until 26 Aug

Giselle

  • 3 stars

Ballet Ireland Giselle is a haunting story of love and betrayal. This modern retelling of the romantic classic revives a timeless tale about the redemptive power of love. Betrayed by Albrecht, Giselle dies of a broken heart but her spirit returns to forgive her now repenting lover and protect him from death at the…

Fri 17 Aug

Studio 1

£13 (£11) / 0131 225 5525

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 18 Aug

Studio 1

£13 (£11) / 0131 225 5525

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 19 Aug

Studio 1

£13 (£11) / 0131 225 5525

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Jungle

Pink Mama Theatre Pink Mama Theatre questions what colonialism means today and to what extent it continues to shape our post-colonial world with its inhabitants. Who controls the world today: the colonialist or the colonized? Our four heroes are Vicky, a British feminist, Carmen, a Venezuelan transgender woman…

Fri 17 Aug

Studio 3

£13 (£11) / 0131 225 5525

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 18 Aug

Studio 3

£13 (£11) / 0131 225 5525

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 19 Aug

Studio 3

£13 (£11) / 0131 225 5525

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Off-Kilter

Ramesh Meyyappan and Raw Material Arts Internationally renowned visual theatre artist returns with a dark, comedic, highly physical production incorporating illusions and masterful non-verbal storytelling. Joe Kilter has his own daily rituals – some even call it obsessive. But then a sudden change in his routine turns…

Fri 17 Aug

Studio 1

£13 (£11) / 0131 225 5525

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

  • 15:30 – 16:15

Sat 18 Aug

Studio 1

£13 (£11) / 0131 225 5525

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 19 Aug

Studio 1

£13 (£11) / 0131 225 5525

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 6 more dates until 26 Aug

OSCiLLATE

Old Kent Road This groundbreaking new tap show is heavily influenced by original electronic dance music and its coordination between light and sound. OSCiLLATE reveals an eclectic group of individuals who display a range of human interactions and relationships through movement and sound. The show centres on the…

Fri 17 Aug

Studio 3

£13 (£11) / 0131 225 5525

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

  • 15:20 – 16:00

Sat 18 Aug

Studio 3

£13 (£11) / 0131 225 5525

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 19 Aug

Studio 3

£13 (£11) / 0131 225 5525

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 6 more dates until 26 Aug

Sowhereto Africa

Njobo Productions (FKA After Freedom Productions) and African Connections CIC Old and new beats meet performance poetry paying tribute to South Africa’s legends. Experience the sounds and rhythms of the South African street life, with its contagious energy and invigorating vibes, through an everyman’s daily journey.

Fri 17 Aug

Studio 1

£13 (£11) / 0131 225 5525

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

  • 14:30 – 15:10

Sat 18 Aug

Studio 1

£13 (£11) / 0131 225 5525

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 19 Aug

Studio 1

£13 (£11) / 0131 225 5525

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 6 more dates until 26 Aug

The Spinners

  • 4 stars

Limosani Projekts and Al Seed Productions In an exhilarating journey into myth and imagination, Australian choreographer and dancer Lina Limosani and Scottish physical theatre artist and director Al Seed with dancers Tara Jade Samaya and Kialea-Nadine Williams tell the story of the Moirai – the Fates of Greek…

Fri 17 Aug

Studio 1

£13 (£11) / 0131 225 5525

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 18 Aug

Studio 1

£13 (£11) / 0131 225 5525

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 19 Aug

Studio 1

£13 (£11) / 0131 225 5525

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Stick by Me

When I wake up you are there. Ready?  Let’s run, play, hide. Follow me. Don’t get lost. I will stick by you if you stick by me. A quirky new show about friendship and play, and the importance of treasuring little things. Created by Andy Manley and Ian Cameron, co-creators of international hit show White.

Fri 17 Aug

Studio 1

£9 (£7) / 0131 225 5525

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

  • 12:30 – 13:10

Sat 18 Aug

Studio 1

£9 (£7) / 0131 225 5525

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 19 Aug

Studio 1

£9 (£7) / 0131 225 5525

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 6 more dates until 26 Aug

Sunshine Boy

Andy Howitt – HowittMoves Leigh Bowery was born in Sunshine, Australia (west of Melbourne) in March 1961. In the early 80s, he moved to London and became a performance artist, club promoter and designer, as well as dancing with the Michael Clark Company, being painted by Lucien Freud, and setting up Taboo Night Club.

Tue 21 Aug

Studio 3

£11 (£9) / 0131 225 5525

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Wed 22 Aug

Studio 3

£13 (£11) / 0131 225 5525

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 23 Aug

Studio 3

£13 (£11) / 0131 225 5525

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 3 more dates until 26 Aug

Taiwan Season: Bon 4 Bon

  • 4 stars

Chang Dance Theatre Guided by Israeli choreographer Eyal Dadon, four real-life brothers take to the stage in a moving story of memories and mangos. The result is a smart serving of fresh, engaging dance by a young Taiwanese company ready to take on the world. Founded in 2011, Chang produces only one work per year. Bon…

Fri 17 Aug

Studio 3

£13 (£11) / 0131 225 5525

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 18 Aug

Studio 3

£13 (£11) / 0131 225 5525

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 19 Aug

Studio 3

£13 (£11) / 0131 225 5525

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 6 more dates until 26 Aug

Taiwan Season: Varhung – Heart to Heart

Tjimur Dance Theatre Taiwan’s premier indigenous dance-theatre company presents a richly patterned, open-hearted performance in which private feelings are on the verge of being made public. Both physically and emotionally charged, Tjimur’s work embraces a bounty of intoxicating, artfully expressed sensations. Working…

Fri 17 Aug

Studio 1

£13 (£11) / 0131 225 5525

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 18 Aug

Studio 1

£13 (£11) / 0131 225 5525

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 19 Aug

Studio 1

£13 (£11) / 0131 225 5525

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 6 more dates until 26 Aug

This Is the Title

Ima Iduozee (in association with From Start To Finnish) On a blindingly white dance floor, This Is the Title unfolds with fluid elegance. The distinctive approach to movement comes from Iduozee’s background in breaking, contemporary dance and physical theatre. The performer emerges into a space that radiates around him…

Fri 17 Aug

Studio 1

£13 (£11) / 0131 225 5525

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 18 Aug

Studio 1

£13 (£11) / 0131 225 5525

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 19 Aug

Studio 1

£13 (£11) / 0131 225 5525

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

WRoNGHEADED

  • 4 stars

Liz Roche Company Liz Roche’s WRoNGHEADED merges film, voice and movement to confront stark realities for women in Ireland. Fierce words by poet Elaine Feeney drive the piece, with electrifying performances by Sarah Cerneaux and Justine Cooper interwoven with the exquisite work of filmmaker Mary Wycherley, composer Ray…

Fri 17 Aug

Studio 1

£13 (£11) / 0131 225 5525

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

  • 13:30 – 14:00

Sat 18 Aug

Studio 1

£13 (£11) / 0131 225 5525

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 19 Aug

Studio 1

£13 (£11) / 0131 225 5525

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Reviews & features

Dance Base becomes first Scottish centre to enter European Dancehouse Network

13 May 2016

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…

Dance Base & Dance House

4 Jan 2008

DANCE CLASSES There was a time when dance classes meant scraped back buns, stern ballet teachers and splinters from the church hall floor. Not anymore. At the sleek studios of Edinburgh’s Dance Base, there’s not a loose plank in sight, and enjoyment…

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