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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.
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Learn traditional Scottish dances to live music and meet new people.
Thu 27 Apr
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.
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
Reviews & features
Dance Base becomes first Scottish centre to enter European Dancehouse Network13 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 House4 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…