About the organisation

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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.

Our Mission

As Scotland’s National Centre for Dance, 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.

Located in the Grassmarket in Edinburgh, the 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.

We receive core funding through Creative Scotland and the City of Edinburgh Council, bring in revenue through our public class programme and private hires and work with a range of trusts, foundations and individual donors to support our activity across the country.

Dance Base delivers activity in three areas:

Our public class programme gives the people of Edinburgh and Scotland access to the joy of dance in all its forms, in an inclusive and non-competitive environment. In our Edinburgh centre and increasingly online we deliver over 100 classes in over 40 different forms of dance throughout the year, including: creative dance for preschool, hip hop and street dance, Cuban salsa, ballet, tap, contemporary, tango, ballroom and Egyptian belly dance – to name just a few.

Our professional programme supports the development of a diverse and talented range of dance artists in Scotland, connected with the world but able to make a career in this country. We deliver this through classes, workshops, residencies and performance opportunities, including a Fringe Festival platform. We support a youth dance company and one aimed at older dancers. We build networks, help to set standards for good practice and advocate on behalf of the sector where appropriate.

Our engagement programme uses the power of dance to improve people’s health, wellbeing and place in society. We bring together dance artists, charities community organisations and public health funders to use dance effectively to deliver health and social outcomes, from working with people living with Parkinson’s across Scotland to supporting children in hospitals.

Creative Scotland
Supported by Edinburgh
Supported by the City of Edinburgh Council
Living Wage