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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And the Birds Did Sing

Curious Seed This is about living but it began with a death. This is about existing and not existing, and a child’s heart-bursting belief that there is something in between. This is about love. A woman remembers a girl who knew a woman who listened to the birds. Inspired by the depth of feeling in one tiny moment of…

Fri 2 Aug

Studio 1

£11 (£9) / 0131 225 5525

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 3 Aug

Studio 1

£11 (£9) / 0131 225 5525

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 4 Aug

Studio 1

£11 (£9) / 0131 225 5525

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 6 more dates until 11 Aug

Another

BalletWorks A quadruple bill of dance and poetry from ascendant young European artists created specifically for BalletWorks. Choreographers Emrecan Tanis, Louis Stiens and Fabio Adorisio, alongside poet James Fisher, present a showcase of thrilling new work. An array of dance styles will be represented – everything…

Fri 2 Aug

Studio 3

£11 (£9) / 0131 225 5525

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 3 Aug

Studio 3

£13 (£11) / 0131 225 5525

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 4 Aug

Studio 3

£13 (£11) / 0131 225 5525

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 2 more dates until 7 Aug

Basque Showcase

Akira Yoshida / Krego-Martin Danza / Proyecto Colectivo HQPC The beautiful eclecticism of the Basque Country is showcased in this bill of dazzling hip hop and witty, lyrical contemporary dance. Wonderful, fresh talents will reflect the openness and warmth of this highly creative region of Europe. Krego-Martin bring a…

Thu 8 Aug

Studio 1

£11 (£9) / 0131 225 5525

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 9 Aug

Studio 1

£13 (£11) / 0131 225 5525

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 10 Aug

Studio 1

£13 (£11) / 0131 225 5525

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 11 Aug

Studio 1

£13 (£11) / 0131 225 5525

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Before

Fishamble: The New Play Company Triple Fringe First, Olivier, and Herald Angel award winners Fishamble and Pat Kinevane present Before, a new play with much music, set in Clery’s of Dublin on the very day this iconic department store shuts – for good. Pontius is inside, trying to choose a gift for his estranged…

Fri 2 Aug

Studio 1

£11 (£9) / 0131 225 5525

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 3 Aug

Studio 1

£11 (£9) / 0131 225 5525

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 4 Aug

Studio 1

£11 (£9) / 0131 225 5525

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 18 more dates until 25 Aug

Body Language by David Bolger and Christopher Ash

CoisCéim Dance Theatre Ireland’s two-time Fringe First-winning CoisCéim Dance Theatre return to Dance Base with a multi-layered exploration of non-verbal communication. A spontaneous performance is created each day in real-time from live interviews, photography, video projection, music and choreography. 'It shifts in…

Thu 15 Aug

Studio 3

£11 (£9) / 0131 225 5525

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 16 Aug

Studio 3

£13 (£11) / 0131 225 5525

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 17 Aug

Studio 3

£13 (£11) / 0131 225 5525

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 7 more dates until 25 Aug

Born to Manifest and Like Honey

Joseph Toonga / Just Us Dance Theatre and Becky Namgauds Double bill. Born to Manifest is a responsive piece of hip hop dance that looks into the experiences of young black British men. A ringing of home truths that hopes to share a glimpse into the complexity and beauty of one’s journey. In Like Honey, beauty and…

Thu 22 Aug

Studio 3

£11 (£9) / 0131 225 5525

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 23 Aug

Studio 3

£13 (£11) / 0131 225 5525

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 24 Aug

Studio 3

£13 (£11) / 0131 225 5525

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 25 Aug

Studio 3

£13 (£11) / 0131 225 5525

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

The Chosen

Company Chordelia The Chosen is about dying and so is also about living and time: how we choose to live in the face of dying and how we think about dying. Increasingly, as medicine advances, knowledge of imminent death has become a reality for everyone. From the shifting perspectives of both the Chosen and those close…

Fri 2 Aug

Studio 1

£11 (£9) / 0131 225 5525

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 3 Aug

Studio 1

£11 (£9) / 0131 225 5525

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 4 Aug

Studio 1

£11 (£9) / 0131 225 5525

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 18 more dates until 25 Aug

Ensemble

Robbie Synge and Lucy Boyes Ensemble is a joyous expression of togetherness involving five performers in their 30s-70s. Gather with the group on a journey that lays bare their strengths, efforts and possibilities together and aims to uplift and surprise. Expect a series of physical interactions that aim to test and…

Tue 13 Aug

Studio 1

£11 (£9) / 0131 225 5525

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Wed 14 Aug

Studio 1

£13 (£11) / 0131 225 5525

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 15 Aug

Studio 1

£13 (£11) / 0131 225 5525

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 3 more dates until 18 Aug

Fear Less Age Less

PRIME, Lothian Youth Dance Company, TIM Company and guests A joyful celebration of life, regardless of where you happen to be on that road. Outstanding Scottish youth companies join acclaimed elders company PRIME in a showcase that gives voice to the fearlessness of these talented dancers. PRIME perform a devised work…

Fri 2 Aug

Studio 1

£11 (£9) / 0131 225 5525

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 3 Aug

Studio 1

£13 (£11) / 0131 225 5525

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 4 Aug

Studio 1

£13 (£11) / 0131 225 5525

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 2 more dates until 7 Aug

For Only an Hour

Phil Sanger ‘Sanger is one of the most versatile artists on the British stage, as this performance amply demonstrates’ (Dance Europe, 2018). Danced to a hilarious medley of Angela Lansbury, Delia Smith and Bette Midler this one-man romp is a pseudo-glamorous jaunt through pop culture, queer art, childhood dreams and…

Fri 2 Aug

Studio 3

£11 (£9) / 0131 225 5525

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 3 Aug

Studio 3

£11 (£9) / 0131 225 5525

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 4 Aug

Studio 3

£11 (£9) / 0131 225 5525

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 18 more dates until 25 Aug

The Forecast

Amy Bell, presented by The Place As the only dyke in the dance class, Amy finds new moves for a more radical notion of femininity. A witty journey of transformation and becoming, blending dance, text, animation and live sound. How do we read a gender forecast in constant flux? 'A strident call to arms conveyed with the…

Wed 21 Aug

Studio 1

£11 (£9) / 0131 225 5525

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 22 Aug

Studio 1

£13 (£11) / 0131 225 5525

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 23 Aug

Studio 1

£13 (£11) / 0131 225 5525

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 2 more dates until 25 Aug

From the Top

Victor Fung Dance From the Top is a witty contemporary dance work that explores the power relations between performers and dance makers. The piece presents to the audience a fictional scenario based on the everyday life of dance artists and looks at the absurd nature of artistic integrity and what it means to make art.

Fri 2 Aug

Studio 1

£11 (£9) / 0131 225 5525

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 3 Aug

Studio 1

£11 (£9) / 0131 225 5525

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 4 Aug

Studio 1

£11 (£9) / 0131 225 5525

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 18 more dates until 25 Aug

Glimpsing Air Pockets

Christina Liddell ‘You can’t stop birds flying over your head – but you can definitely prevent them from building a nest in your hair.' The children Christina Liddell works with at the Royal Sick Children’s Hospital are remarkable; they are unsung heroes, triumphing over adversities life has thrown. Glimpsing Air…

Tue 6 Aug

Studio 3

£11 (£9) / 0131 225 5525

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Wed 7 Aug

Studio 3

£13 (£11) / 0131 225 5525

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 8 Aug

Studio 3

£13 (£11) / 0131 225 5525

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Heads Up

Various artists Dance Base's iconic and eclectic showcase returns once again, showcasing the very best new work from Scottish and international artists. It's a grab bag of dance delights, curated specifically for the discerning Fringe audience. With a different bill on each day, we present new work from invited artists…

Fri 9 Aug

Studio 3

£7 (£6) / 0131 225 5525

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 10 Aug

Studio 3

£7 (£6) / 0131 225 5525

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

The Hospital

Jo Strømgren Kompani In a remote hospital, three nurses endure the lack of patients by injuring then treating each other, performing their duties on themselves as an alternative to the real thing. Not a healthy activity but it passes the time. A military chopper is constantly passing overhead, revealing a far simpler…

Tue 20 Aug

Studio 1

£11 (£9) / 0131 225 5525

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Wed 21 Aug

Studio 1

£13 (£11) / 0131 225 5525

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 22 Aug

Studio 1

£13 (£11) / 0131 225 5525

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 3 more dates until 25 Aug

Juliet & Romeo

Lost Dog, presented by The Place With Lost Dog’s blend of dance, theatre and comedy, this duet reveals the real story of Romeo and Juliet. It turns out they didn’t die in a tragic misunderstanding, they grew up and lived happily ever after. Well, they lived at least. Now they are 40ish. They feel constantly mocked by…

Wed 21 Aug

Studio 3

£11 (£9) / 0131 225 5525

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 22 Aug

Studio 3

£13 (£11) / 0131 225 5525

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 23 Aug

Studio 3

£13 (£11) / 0131 225 5525

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 2 more dates until 25 Aug

Learning from the Future

Colette Sadler / Stammer productions Learning from the Future – a post-human dance fiction by Colette Sadler. Imagine a post-human future where bodies are on the verge of disappearance. In Learning from the Future, the futuristic female cyborg Body A inhabits a science-fiction world. The fictionality of Body A is taken…

Tue 20 Aug

Studio 3

£11 (£9) / 0131 225 5525

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Wed 21 Aug

Studio 3

£13 (£11) / 0131 225 5525

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 22 Aug

Studio 3

£13 (£11) / 0131 225 5525

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 2 more dates until 24 Aug

Odyseaa / Scene Solo / The Sylph, the Vixen and the Bombshell

Claricia Parinussa / Tamsyn Russell / Bridie Gane A triple bill of Scotland's most exciting choreographers, designed to unravel expectations. Claricia Parinussa’s Odyseaa: an immersive performance ritual. ‘And these souls / matter / or the knowing that's felt / passing dust bone unrest materialise across between…

Fri 2 Aug

Studio 3

£11 (£9) / 0131 225 5525

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 3 Aug

Studio 3

£13 (£11) / 0131 225 5525

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 4 Aug

Studio 3

£13 (£11) / 0131 225 5525

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Seeking Unicorns

Chiara Bersani / Associazione Culturale Corpoceleste A fragile and abandoned symbol is made manifest by an extraordinary artist. The unicorn is a creature without homeland and history, has been abused and misrepresented by mankind and deprived of a voice. Bersani now aims to heal their unique grievances by giving them…

Tue 13 Aug

Studio 3

£11 (£9) / 0131 225 5525

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Wed 14 Aug

Studio 3

£13 (£11) / 0131 225 5525

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 15 Aug

Studio 3

£13 (£11) / 0131 225 5525

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 3 more dates until 18 Aug

Self Portraits

Alan Greig Dance Self Portraits plays with notions of gender, sexuality and the effects that time and age have on our bodies, our perception of who we are and who we have been and who we might become. A collection of several short dances of intense choreographic intensity, told through humour, theatre, movement and…

Fri 2 Aug

Studio 3

£11 (£9) / 0131 225 5525

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 3 Aug

Studio 3

£11 (£9) / 0131 225 5525

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 4 Aug

Studio 3

£11 (£9) / 0131 225 5525

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 6 more dates until 11 Aug

Six Feet, Three Shoes

Slanjayvah Danza A celebration of friendship across borders told through feisty, percussive flamenco, Scottish and contemporary dance. Featuring an all-female cast of dancers and musicians and exhilarating live guitar and fiddle. Dance, storytelling and foot-stomping rhythms in traditional and contemporary forms bring…

Fri 2 Aug

Studio 3

£11 (£9) / 0131 225 5525

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 3 Aug

Studio 3

£11 (£9) / 0131 225 5525

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 4 Aug

Studio 3

£11 (£9) / 0131 225 5525

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 12 more dates until 18 Aug

Steve Reich Project

Isabella Soupart / MP4 Quartet A truly trance-inducing performance inspired by three masterpieces from Steve Reich, interpreted by the new generation. A string quartet and a dancer will sweep you away in the powerful confrontation of dance and music amidst hypnotic images and soundscapes. Choreographer Isabella Soupart…

Fri 2 Aug

Studio 1

£11 (£9) / 0131 225 5525

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 3 Aug

Studio 1

£11 (£9) / 0131 225 5525

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 4 Aug

Studio 1

£11 (£9) / 0131 225 5525

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 12 more dates until 18 Aug

Still Life

Agata Maszkiewicz, produced by l’Avant Scene Cognac What was the first thing you bought? Is there something you would like to pass on? If you were a pharaoh, what thing would you like to be buried with? Still Life is a piece that focuses on our relationship with objects. In a moving and mesmerising way, it questions…

Tue 13 Aug

Studio 3

£11 (£9) / 0131 225 5525

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Wed 14 Aug

Studio 3

£13 (£11) / 0131 225 5525

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 15 Aug

Studio 3

£13 (£11) / 0131 225 5525

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 3 more dates until 18 Aug

The Storm

James Wilton Dance Multi award-winning dance company James Wilton Dance present The Storm, a whirlwind of lightning-fast athleticism where acrobatics, break-dancing, martial arts and contact work fuse to form dance that will blow audiences away. Seven dancers, a soundtrack of thundering electro-rock specially composed…

Tue 20 Aug

Studio 1

£11 (£9) / 0131 225 5525

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Wed 21 Aug

Studio 1

£13 (£11) / 0131 225 5525

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 22 Aug

Studio 1

£13 (£11) / 0131 225 5525

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 3 more dates until 25 Aug

Taiwan Season: Floating Flowers

B.DANCE Inspired by one of Taiwan’s most beautiful Buddhist ceremonies, Floating Flowers is a fabulously dynamic expression of body and spirit. A gorgeous tribe of eight are pushed and pulled through the swirling rhythms of a dance that reveals the tumult beneath peaceful surfaces. Po-Cheng Tsai’s work is an artful…

Fri 2 Aug

Studio 1

£11 (£9) / 0131 225 5525

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 3 Aug

Studio 1

£11 (£9) / 0131 225 5525

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 4 Aug

Studio 1

£11 (£9) / 0131 225 5525

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 18 more dates until 25 Aug

Taiwan Season: Monster

Dua Shin Te Production Described by choreographer Yen-Cheng Liu as a psychedelic fantasy, Monster is a daring, intense and quite possibly mind-blowing questioning of one’s sense of self. Created for his company Dua Shin Te Production, Liu uses symbolic props, spoken and written text, a carefully chosen soundtrack and…

Fri 2 Aug

Studio 3

£11 (£9) / 0131 225 5525

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 3 Aug

Studio 3

£11 (£9) / 0131 225 5525

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 4 Aug

Studio 3

£11 (£9) / 0131 225 5525

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 15 more dates until 25 Aug

Transfigured – The Pack

Oceanallover Transfigured is a sounding together of all things, a diapason, a cacophony of understanding. Performers and audience step across the threshold of knowledge, out into the world together. In the year 2002, a pack of cards was thrown from a car window and over a hedge. The pack burst open in the air and the…

Fri 9 Aug

Meeting Point: Dance Base Box Office

£5 / 0131 225 5525

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 10 Aug

Meeting Point: Dance Base Box Office

£5 / 0131 225 5525

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 11 Aug

Meeting Point: Dance Base Box Office

£5 / 0131 225 5525

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Reviews & features

Win 12 free drop-in classes at Dance Base

Win 12 free drop-in classes at Dance Base which can be used over their summer/autumn term

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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