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

Fall Out

Old Kent Road Led by a live musical force, Fall Out takes an experimental ride attempting to understand a journey of falling out of love. In particular, these fervent dancers find ways to uncover their passion, love and raw relationship with tap dance. Using a sparse set of wooden boards to conceal love's refusal to be…

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 6 more dates until 13 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.

Here Comes Trouble

Keira Martin Through a series of powerful vignettes, drawing on social and cultural influences from Yorkshire, Ireland and Jamaica, Keira rhythmically weaves together traditional music, authentic song and gutsy choreography. Best described as Irish dance deep in thought, she shares hard-hitting and heart-warming…

Tue 22 Aug

Studio 3

£10 (£8) / 0131 225 5525

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Wed 23 Aug

Studio 3

£12 (£10) / 0131 225 5525

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 24 Aug

Studio 3

£12 (£10) / 0131 225 5525

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 3 more dates until 27 Aug

Hope Hunt and the Ascension into Lazarus

Oona Doherty Oona Doherty performs thumping sweaty dance-theatre. A physical expression of the place between the flesh and the soul. Heaving lungs shout in the dark as Doherty takes you through a dirty Europe, from the dark and into the light like a bursting lightbulb. Hope Hunt and the Ascension into Lazarus is an…

Tue 15 Aug

Studio 1

£10 (£8) / 0131 225 5525

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Wed 16 Aug

Studio 1

£12 (£10) / 0131 225 5525

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 17 Aug

Studio 1

£12 (£10) / 0131 225 5525

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 3 more dates until 20 Aug

The Humours of Bandon

Fishamble: The New Play Company From the confines of every parochial hall in Ireland, Irish dancing champions are churned out at a massive rate. Medals and cups build up in drawing rooms and Riverdance swells a national pride, but the public aren’t privy to the blood, sweat and tears that pave the way to the first…

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

Lady Macbeth: Unsex Me Here

Company Chordelia and Solar Bear Top Five Must-See Dance Shows, 2017 (Guardian). From the Herald Angel Award-winning creator of five-star Fringe hit Nijinsky's Last Jump comes a powerful new piece of dance theatre exploring the ambition, power and remorse of one of Shakespeare's most complex women. Paralleling…

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

Lear

John Scott Dance John Scott’s Lear is a deeply personal and riveting interpretation of Shakespeare’s masterpiece. King Lear is portrayed by New York legendary dancer/actor Valda Setterfield, 82, who has worked with Mikhail Baryshnikov, Woody Allen, David Gordon, Pick Up Company and as a soloist for Merce Cunningham.

Wed 23 Aug

Studio 1

£10 (£8) / 0131 225 5525

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 24 Aug

Studio 1

£12 (£10) / 0131 225 5525

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 25 Aug

Studio 1

£12 (£10) / 0131 225 5525

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 2 more dates until 27 Aug

Leviathan

James Wilton Dance Presented by the award-winning James Wilton Dance, Leviathan follows Ahab, a ship's captain hell-bent on capturing the white whale: Moby Dick, a beast as vast and dangerous as the sea itself, yet beautiful beyond imagining. Ahab’s crew are drawn into the unhinged charisma of their captain, blindly…

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 6 more dates until 13 Aug

Majuli

Shilpika Bordoloi Majuli, a picturesque island in Assam’s mighty Brahmaputra river, is also the world’s biggest river island. This performance tells Majuli’s tale and that of its people through an intense and evocative solo of dance and theatre. Inspired by the mystique of the Brahmaputra, it weaves together a story of…

Fri 11 Aug

Studio 3

£10 (£8) / 0131 225 5525

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 12 Aug

Studio 3

£12 (£10) / 0131 225 5525

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 13 Aug

Studio 3

£12 (£10) / 0131 225 5525

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 6 more dates until 20 Aug

Mind-Goblin

Lee Kyung-eun / Lee K Dance Identifying the foolish spirit of this confusing world as a mind goblin, Lee Kyung-eun spins out a shamanistic ritual that repels evil, harmful spirits. This Korean contemporary dance artist opens a portal to the goblins of her mind and body. She confronts and eventually befriends the other…

Wed 16 Aug

Studio 1

£10 (£8) / 0131 225 5525

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 17 Aug

Studio 1

£12 (£10) / 0131 225 5525

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 18 Aug

Studio 1

£12 (£10) / 0131 225 5525

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 8 more dates until 27 Aug

New Contemporary Arab Dance Performances

Arab Art Focus New Contemporary Arab Dance Performances is part of Arab Art Focus, a showcase of new theatre and performance from the Arab region and diaspora. A weekend of new contemporary dance pieces by four young Arab choreographers to Dance Base. Curated by Nedjma Haj Benchelabi, the presented pieces will look to…

Fri 18 Aug

Studio 3

£12 (£10) / 0131 225 5525

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 19 Aug

Studio 3

£12 (£10) / 0131 225 5525

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 20 Aug

Studio 3

£12 (£10) / 0131 225 5525

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

The North

Joan Clevillé Dance It’s a place we all know, but we have never been… A forest, a desert of ice. The land of ancient gods, wild animals and strange creatures. The home of the Terrible and the Sublime… After their highly acclaimed debut Plan B for Utopia, Joan Clevillé Dance return with The North – the bleak yet…

Fri 4 Aug

Studio 3

£10 (£8) / 0131 225 5525

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 5 Aug

Studio 3

£10 (£8) / 0131 225 5525

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 6 Aug

Studio 3

£10 (£8) / 0131 225 5525

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 6 more dates until 13 Aug

Sea Hames

Oceanallover in association with Feral The latest performance project from leading site-specific dance theatre company Oceanallover. Inspired by the Festival of the Horse and Boys’ Ploughing Match, Sea Hames fuses sonic composition, visceral performance and intricate design. It explores mythology and iconography, of…

Tue 22 Aug

Secret Garden

Free / 0131 225 5525

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Wed 23 Aug

Secret Garden

Free / 0131 225 5525

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 24 Aug

Secret Garden

Free / 0131 225 5525

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Snigel and Friends

Caroline Bowditch and Company Join Snigel, the inquisitive snail, in their cosy home underneath the leafy canopy; a colourful and sensory world where Snigel’s insect friends come to visit, brought to life by dancers, Caroline Bowditch, Welly O’Brien and Alex McCabe, and performer Zac Scott. They dance, play, sing and…

Fri 4 Aug

Studio 3

£8 (£6) / 0131 225 5525

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 5 Aug

Studio 3

£8 (£6) / 0131 225 5525

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 6 Aug

Studio 3

£8 (£6) / 0131 225 5525

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 15 more dates until 27 Aug

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

To Be Me

Julie Cunningham & Company Julie Cunningham’s mesmerising performances with Merce Cunningham and Michael Clark Company won her a Critics’ Circle Award. In Dance Base’s intimate performance space, she offers the audience a unique combination of precise dance and incendiary spoken word about gender and identity…

Wed 23 Aug

Studio 3

£10 (£8) / 0131 225 5525

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 24 Aug

Studio 3

£12 (£10) / 0131 225 5525

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 25 Aug

Studio 3

£12 (£10) / 0131 225 5525

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 2 more dates until 27 Aug

Un Poyo Rojo

Poyo Rojo in association with Aurora Nova In an empty locker room, two men play with movement, an analogue radio and tiny shorts. The athletic bodies of Luciano Rosso and Alfonso Barón move fluently from wrestling to dance, acrobatics to physical comedy in an irresistible distortion of the expectations of manhood. A…

Fri 4 Aug

Studio 3

£10 (£8) / 0131 225 5525

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 5 Aug

Studio 3

£10 (£8) / 0131 225 5525

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 6 Aug

Studio 3

£10 (£8) / 0131 225 5525

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 15 more dates until 27 Aug

Why Stop There?

Prime, Lothian Youth Dance Company, Scottish Dance Theatre Creative Learning Rebellious, experienced, lyrical and courageous – this amazing multi-generational programme celebrates dancers from 12-85 years of life, dreams, hopes and fears featuring new work from acclaimed Scottish choreographers, performed by more than…

Fri 4 Aug

Studio 3

£10 (£8) / 0131 225 5525

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 5 Aug

Studio 3

£10 (£8) / 0131 225 5525

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 6 Aug

Studio 3

£10 (£8) / 0131 225 5525

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 2 more dates until 9 Aug

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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