We are delighted to announce that Dance Base has been accepted into the European Dancehouse Network (EDN), after EDN members voted to grant full membership at their recent General Assembly in Barcelona.
In his letter of welcome, Walter Heun, President of European Dance Network wrote that members agreed Dance Base ‘not only accomplishes the profile of a dancehouse according to our statutes […] but also contributes significantly to the development of contemporary dance as an art form in your country and, by extension, in Europe.’
Dance Base, Scotland's national centre for dance, is a powerhouse for dance in Scotland with a legacy of more than 20 years of support for the Scottish professional dance community and has established itself as the undisputed Home of Dance on the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. In addition to its work with professional dancers and choreographers, Dance Base offers a programme of community dance classes unequalled in Scotland, and has an enduring commitment to participation and outreach work, continually demonstrating the difference dance can make in people’s lives.
With its acceptance as a full member of EDN, Dance Base is making history for dance in Scotland – it is the first Scottish dance house to be accepted to the network. This is a real accolade and testament to the work which has been developed over the years in supporting Scottish based dance artists. It is expected that EDN membership will open up a range of opportunities for Scottish dance artists, such as residencies, exchanges, and creative collaborations, as well as opening up possible new funding streams.
Morag Deyes MBE, Artistic Director of Dance Base said of the news:
‘The acceptance of Dance Base as a full member into the prestigious European Dancehouse Network has wider benefits and implications than dance alone, as it amplifies the cultural voice of Scotland and in this case, our dance artists.
‘The style, grit and artistic accomplishments thus far of our artists, managers and ambassadors within the dance community have earned us this membership, and we at Dance Base are so proud to have encouraged the door to open further for artists who have been, along with us as a dance house, making tracks across Europe with a sense of adventure and spirit that has ultimately earned us this accolade. Scottish dance artists at every stage of their careers now have a wider wealth of new opportunities and inspirations available to them – creatively, economically and aesthetically – from Greece to Scandinavia.’