Dance Base

Dance Base

About Dance Base

14 - 16 Grassmarket , Edinburgh Old Town EH1 2JU
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Dance Base is on a mission to get more people dancing. The organisation exists to encourage and celebrate the potential for dance in everyone.

As a National Centre for Dance in Scotland, we offer a vibrant and uplifting focal point for dance as an art form, a way to exercise, and a way of life. We reach out to inspire wellbeing and creativity, and cultivate a future for dance in local, national and international communities.

Dance Base has been active as an independent company promoting and delivering dance activity in the city of Edinburgh since 1994. The company undertook a major development with the move into new, purpose-built premises in the heart of Edinburgh's Old Town in June 2001. Scotland's first purpose-built National Centre for Dance was officially opened by our Royal Patron, The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay KT, KG on 21st September 2001 (pictured, left). A month later our Artistic Patron, the internationally renowned choreographer Mark Morris, celebrated with Dance Base by creating and dedicating a new work performed by his company at the Festival Theatre in Edinburgh.

Located in the Grassmarket in Edinburgh, the £6.4m centre caters for dancers of all ages and abilities, providing an accessible programme of activities that offers a diverse public a non-competitive, sociable and enjoyable way to keep physically fit and develop new creative skills. Our four world-class studios provide dancers with excellent facilities and an inspiring environment in which to dance. This has all been made possible due to £5.4m funding through the Scottish Arts Council National Lottery Fund awarded in March 1998. Other major funders of the project include the City of Edinburgh Council, Lothian and Edinburgh Enterprise, the Edinburgh World Heritage Trust and Scottish & Newcastle.

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Upcoming Events at Dance Base

Dancing in the Streets: Alice Ripoll

Dancing in the Streets: Alice Ripoll

20th August 2021 - 21st August 2021

Rio de Janeiro-based choreographer Alice Ripoll presents her celebratory film about the lives of her company’s dancers.
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Dancing in the Streets: Gregory Maqoma

Dancing in the Streets: Gregory Maqoma

20th August 2021 - 21st August 2021

Choreographer Gregory Maqoma presents his explorative and transformative film Retrace-Retract on life in Soweto alongside poet Jefferson Tshabalala.
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Dancing in the Streets: Omar Rajeh

Dancing in the Streets: Omar Rajeh

20th August 2021 - 21st August 2021

Beirut-based choreographer and dancer Omar Rajeh presents a micro to macro view of his home city, featuring a solo dance performance.
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Dancing in the Streets: Janice Parker

Dancing in the Streets: Janice Parker

20th August 2021 - 21st August 2021

Choreographer Janice Parker presents her reflective filmic series Small Acts of Hope and Lament, shot in Edinburgh on her iPhone 6.
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