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

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Dollhouse

Bill Coleman and Gordon Monahan Contemporary dance master and choreographer Bill Coleman portrays a figure whose whole world is literally falling in around him. Sharing the stage with avant-garde composer Gordon Monahan, an object-laden room collapses and breaks at the dancers every touch. Playing the role of a modern…

Tue 15 Aug

Studio 3

£10 (£8) / 0131 225 5525

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Wed 16 Aug

Studio 3

£12 (£10) / 0131 225 5525

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 17 Aug

Studio 3

£12 (£10) / 0131 225 5525

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 9 more dates until 27 Aug

Heads Up

Various Dance Artists An eclectic pick-and-mix treat of great new dance and styles curated with you, the hungry Fringe audience, in mind. Programmes of totally new dance from invited dance artists offering surprises and high-quality dance diversions that show off fresh ideas and work hot from the studio. You may even…

Sat 12 Aug

Studio 1

£6 (£5) / 0131 225 5525

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 13 Aug

Studio 1

£6 (£5) / 0131 225 5525

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Taiwan Season: 038

Kuo-Shin Chuang Pangcah Dance Theatre Titled after the area code for Haulien on Taiwan’s east coast, home of the indigenous Pangcah people, 038 asks: 'Where is home? What is home?' Is it the ease we feel, seeing pictures on the projector screen and hearing tribal songs on the stereo? Or is it in the endless march of…

Fri 4 Aug

Studio 1

£10 (£8) / 0131 225 5525

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 5 Aug

Studio 1

£10 (£8) / 0131 225 5525

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 6 Aug

Studio 1

£10 (£8) / 0131 225 5525

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 18 more dates until 27 Aug

Taiwan Season: Together Alone

Chen-Wei Lee x Art B&B 'Together Alone talks a lot about how to live together. We tasked ourselves to never let go of each other. That creates huge limitations. It’s just the two of us, but what we experience parallels society: how we deal with people, how we use each other, how we collaborate. Sometimes we help…

Fri 4 Aug

Studio 1

£10 (£8) / 0131 225 5525

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 5 Aug

Studio 1

£10 (£8) / 0131 225 5525

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 6 Aug

Studio 1

£10 (£8) / 0131 225 5525

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 15 more dates until 27 Aug

Reviews & features

Win 12 free drop-in classes at Dance Base

The List have teamed up with Dance Base and are offering 12 free drop-in classes to be claimed in Summer Term 2017 or Autumn Term 2017.

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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