Artist Advisory Group Announced

Company Chordelia The Chosen
Photo credit: Company Chordelia, The Chosen 2019, Dance Base Festival

As part of our commitment to add more voices to our strategy setting and decision-making processes, we are delighted to announce that we have introduced an Artist Advisory Group at Dance Base Scotland – a group of dance artists who will provide advice and reflections as we create opportunities and design our strategy moving forward.

After an open call recruitment process, we have invited 12 artists to join us in this first formation of the Group, with the members representing the diversity of dance and dancers in Scotland.

This group will work with us from September 2020 to the end of March 2021 and they will play a central role across several of our projects, including our new programme of artist development which we have been able to provide thanks to the Performing Arts Venue Relief Fund. We are committed to embedding a model that incorporates transparency and artist led decision making into our future structure and we will use this initial period to work together and investigate the process with diverse voices from our Scottish dance community.

The opportunity to join the Group after March 2021 will be publicly advertised.

While members of the group will be invited to sit on decision-making panels, they will also be able to apply for these opportunities. If they do apply this would mean that they cannot be part of that panel.

If you have any questions about the Artist Advisory Group or would be interested in joining the Group after March 2021 please contact Kirsty Somerville, Programmes Manager, on


Meet the Artist Advisory Group Members:


Aby Watson

Aby Watson is an artist, dance maker, performer, and researcher based in Glasgow. Her performance work marries movement, choreography, text, object and autobiography. Aby is neurodivergent, with dyslexia, dyspraxia and ADHD, and she applies this vibrant neurodivergent energy across her whole practice. She strives to challenge exclusive and neuronormative values in dance, as well as celebrate the creative potential of neurodivergent authorship and visibility in performance.





Angus Balbernie

Angus has created around 80 pieces, directed, performed, taught and improvised around Europe, North and South America, Canada and the far east.








Claire Pencak

Movement is my habitat, where I am most at home and for the past thirty years this has taken me around Scotland. Formerly Dance Artist in Residence for City Moves (1991-1993) and then Creative Director of Tabula Rasa Collaborations (1999-2018). I currently reside in the Scottish Borders where my creative practice hovers around environment, placemaking and collaboration through a practice- led PhD at Northumbria University.






Estlin Love

Estlin Love is a Scottish based performance maker and has worked in multiple contexts for over a decade. Having trained as an aerialist at the National Centre for Circus Arts in London, she went on to perform internationally for several years before returning home to Edinburgh and turning her attention to dance and theatre. Her work is punchy, irreverent and centres the voices of marginalised women. Her most recent solo show BLEACH, which ran at Assembly Roxy in Nov 2019, was well received, and Estlin’s new company SALTYDOLLS, formed with Fiona Oliver-Larkin is currently producing “SPILT MILK”, a joyful set to debut In 2021.




Jen Wren

Jen Wren is a multi-skilled international dance artist and creative director with a passionate curiosity for the body and communicating stories through dance and film, producing over 20 professional choreographies for stage and screen. She has secured a reputation for her thought provoking and versatile artistic and collaborative voice through works such as Blind Passion, Crazy Joanna, Minor Tears. Her most recent creation, 6 Feet, 3 Shoes sold out its run at the Edinburgh Fringe (Dance Base), accompanied by being placed in the top 5 of dance productions by Total Theatre and The Place Awards.



Kathryn Spence

Kathryn Spence is a dance artist working in the Shetland Islands. Her work often explores organic stimuli, and she is inspired by people through community dance work and by place through choreography. Kathryn graduated from Trinity Laban in 2011 with a Postgraduate Diploma in Community Dance, and has since worked across the UK and beyond in festival curation, choreography, performing and teaching. She was Artistic Director of DanceLive 2018 and is inspired to see dance placed in new settings, reaching more people.





Kerieva McCormick

Kerieva McCormick is Artistic Director of KAM-RI Dance Theatre, and a choreographer, musician and multi-disciplinary artist. Concurrent to her artistic career she is a consultant on numerous think tanks and advisory committees across UK and Europe in diversity, safeguarding and transnational network building. Kerieva is an Honorary Research Fellow of Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh.






Lucas Chih-Peng Kao

Lucas Chih-Peng Kao is an Edinburgh based filmmaker and multidisciplinary artist working with dance, installation, video and performance. His interest focuses on improvisation and collaboration, bringing different mediums together.







Priya Shrikumar

Priya is a versatile and award-winning dancer, choreographer, teacher of Indian classical dance and founder of Dance Ihayami. Priya’s ground-breaking and uncompromising work has changed the face of Indian dance in Scotland. Known for her highly successful collaborative work with Scottish/Celtic music, Priya has developed and delivered her own styles and signature pieces. She created the first fusion pieces in Indian dance using Scottish Celtic music and continues to develop uncompromising work that consistently breaks new ground.




Simone Kenyon

Simone is an Edinburgh based artist, Feldenkrais practitioner and academic. For the past 20 years her interdisciplinary approach to creating work has encompassed movement, ecologies of place, walking arts and participatory events for both urban and rural contexts.








Taylor Han

Taylor Han is a dance artist from Dundee with a passion for performance, choreography and teaching. Taylor has a desire to connect with communities through dance, and care and compassion is at the centre of her practice. Taylor has worked as a freelance dance artist for companies including Akademi, Roisin O’Brien, Thomas Page Dances, and Clod Ensemble, as well as working as a choreographer and performer on her most recent project, With Catastrophic Consequences. For more information about current projects visit





Tony Mills

Tony Mills is a founder member of Edinburgh based Random Aspekts B Boy crew and hails from the Orkney Isles. Since giving up veterinary surgery whites for tights, he has worked with Freshmess Dance Company, State of Emergency, Off Kilter, Iron Oxide, Curious Seed, David Hughes Dance Productions, All or Nothing Aerial Dance Theatre, Russian physical theatre maestros, Derevo, and the international streetdance show, Blaze, which toured worldwide. Tony continually creates new work for Room 2 Manoeuvre, most recently the international co-production, Without A Hitch and the world’s first international festival of sport and dance, At Your Leisure.

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