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 4 events at this location

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Ceilidh

Learn traditional Scottish dances to live music and meet new people.

Thu 27 Apr

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 225 5525

Part of TradFest Edinburgh.

Thu 4 May

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 225 5525

Part of TradFest Edinburgh.

Dance Base Easter School

Dance, music and animation workshops for ages 7–9 and 10–12. There is the chance to share their work in front of friends and family at the end of the week.

Mon 3 Apr

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 225 5525

Tue 4 Apr

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 225 5525

Wed 5 Apr

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 225 5525

…and 2 more dates until 7 Apr

Inclusive Ceilidh

Inclusive ceilidh with a live accordionist, the session is open for the full 90 minutes and all are welcome to join in or observe as they wish. Dance Base are also offering tours of the building throughout this time.

Thu 27 Apr

£6 / 0131 225 5525

Part of TradFest Edinburgh.

Thu 4 May

£6 / 0131 225 5525

Part of TradFest Edinburgh.

Save the First Dance – Wedding Dance Workshops

If you're preparing to tie the knot, you can learn some sick moves for the big first dance at this workshop.

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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