Summer Series

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Monday 4- Friday 8 July

Monday 11- Friday 15 July

Dance Base is delighted to be working with The Edinburgh Summer Dance Series to present a programme of intensive mini courses.

After a 2-year hiatus, we're so excited to be back and dancing together again in the bright and vibrant Grassmarket studios. Designed for those who want to learn a little more intensively, you come along every day for five days to build a stronger technique, increase your fitness and have fun with other dance enthusiasts! 

There's something for everyone this year, with your firm favourites as well as four new styles to choose from, and three levels catering to different experience.

Browse the courses below and get ready to book from noon on Tuesday 26 April. Come along to dance and celebrate 10 years of the Summer Series. We can't wait to see you there.  

All Levels: Anyone is welcome in this class.

Level 1: Aimed at dancers with little or no dancing experience, or experience in that style.

Level 2: Aimed at dancers with previous experience and knowledge of placement and vocabulary.

Level 3: Aimed at dancers with at least 3 years’ experience and a sound knowledge of placement, vocabulary, and body awareness.

Monday 4- Friday 8 July
10:00-11:30am | Level 2 | Contemporary 60+ | Abby Warrilow

5:30-6:30pm | Level 2 | Floor Barre and Body Conditioning | Abby Warrilow

6:30-8:00pm | Level 2 | Jazz Mix | Jo Richards

6:30-8:00pm | Level 2 | Ballet Improvers | Lewis Normand

8:00-9:30pm | Level 3 | Ballet Intermediate | Lewis Normand

8:00-9:30pm | Level 2 | Contemporary | Abby Warrilow

Monday 11- Friday 15 July
10:00-11:30am | Level 2 | Ballet 60+ | Katie Miller

5:30-6:30pm | Level 1 + 2 | Ballet Stretch | Jack Anderson

6:30-7:30pm | All Levels | Bollywood | Rajani Ravikumar

7.30-8.30pm | All Levels | West African | Adie Bakoo

7:30-8:30pm | Level 1 | Hip Hop | Ursula Manandha


£40 (£36) per 60-minute course
£55 (£49) per 90-minute course

Multibuy offer

Book two courses save £10
Book three courses save £15
Book four courses save £20

Multibuy offer is only available when you book through our box office, either in-person or over the phone.


There will be a limited number of places available at £20 for 60-minute courses and £27.50 for 90-minute courses. Please visit the #ChancetoDance page on our website to find out if you qualify for this discount. The #ChancetoDance discount is available by calling 0131 225 5525 or emailing

Contemporary 60+ with Abby Warrilow, 4-8 July, 10:00-11:30am

Working through a range of fundamental elements of contemporary dance, you’ll work on alignment, strength, and musicality. This class will concentrate on the development of technique and give you an opportunity to work on your individual choreographic skills. 

Level 2

Floor Barre and Body Conditioning with Abby Warrilow 4-8 July 5:30-6:30pm

This class will begin with ballet-based exercises, normally done at the barre but on the floor. With gravity making exercises more challenging, this is great class for those who want to tone and have a basic understanding of technique and placement or overall improvement. Within the class Abby will also do some Pilates-based exercises for strength and stretching. When you finish you will feel 2 feet taller! Comfortable but fitted clothing recommended.

Level 2

Jazz Mix with Jo Richards, 4-8 July, 6:30-8:00pm

This class will introduce you to various different styles within the Jazz genre and will allow you to develop your technique, musicality and performance skills over the course of five days. Expect great music and lots of fun!

Level 2

Ballet Improvers with Lewis Normand, 4-8 July, 6:30-8:00pm

Aimed at dancers with some ballet experience and knowledge of placement and vocabulary, this class will improve your technique and develop your understanding of the artistry of the form. Focusing on technique, poise, flexibility, strength, coordination, and musicality to enjoy expressive dancing. Wear Ballet shoes or socks and comfortable but fitted clothing recommended.

Level 2

Ballet Intermediate with Lewis Normand, 4-8 July, 8:00-9:30pm

Aimed at dancers with a good grounding in ballet, this class will challenge and develop your existing skills. Working with longer sequences, that draw on a building vocabulary will test your memory as well as stamina and strength. Considering our approach in how we draw together technique, musicality, and expression, we will aim to find a joy in dance. Wear Ballet shoes or socks and comfortable but fitted clothing recommended.

Level 3 

Contemporary with Abby Warrilow, 4-8 July, 8:00-9:30pm

A class with a clear focus on placement, control, breath and musicality and emphasis on finding a strong centre and developing technique to improve fluidity and rhythm. 

Level 2

Ballet 60+ with Katie Miller, 11-15 July, 10:00-11:30

Specially designed for dancers over 60, this class involves a range of barre and centre exercises that will energise you and develop your musical interpretation. Improve your technique, poise, flexibility, strength, and co-ordination in this gentle and enjoyable class which will develop throughout the week. 

Level 2

Ballet Stretch teacher Jack Anderson, 11-15 July, 5:30-6:30pm

Improve your posture, strength and flexibility with a simple ballet warm-up followed by a revitalising full body stretch. This combination of ballet and stretching will leave you feeling refreshed and re-aligned. Wear comfortable clothing that you can move in, and bare feet or socks are recommended.

Level 1 + 2

Bollywood with Rajani Ravikumar from Dance Ihayami, 11-15 July, 6:30-7:30pm

This class is a quick journey to the heart of India. This dynamic dance is a fusion of styles like Indian folk dance, Kathak, and Bhangra, with a splash of western influence from hip hop, belly dance and other modern styles. It has its own unique flavour, is entertaining, colourful, energetic and the rules are – there are no rules!

All Levels

West African with Adie Bakoo, 11-15 July, 7.30-8.30pm 

In our West African class you will learn how the movements are grounded, and will improve your sense of rhythm, and isolation techniques. Together we will explore fun and energetic movements and slower, more graceful ones too. We'll repeat the dances a lot because repetition is an important part of African dance. It helps you absorb, feel it through your body and gives you energy. With practise you begin to feel as though the drum is talking through your own body and those around you!

Hip Hop with Ursula Manandhar, 11-15 July, 7:30-8:30pm

Perfect if you're just starting out or if you're looking to develop your individual style. Come and learn new grooves and moves to party with. 

All Levels



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