Every year, Dance Base offers up to four dancers and physical performers a place on our Dancers Emerging Bursary Scheme. The scheme includes mentoring from experienced dance artists, free professional classes and workshops at Dance Base, free selected community classes, up to two week-long group residencies at Dance Base and free studio space.
White & Givan - DEBS Mentor 2018/19
We are delighted to welcome Errol White & Davina Givan of White & Givan as the DEBS mentors for 2018/19.
White & Givan are experienced, mature award-winning artists who have spent over a quarter of a century together, creating performances of the highest quality. Their work blends the disciplines of contemporary dance and theatre whilst exploring the theatricality of the human condition with the highly articulate and refined technique of these two performers. Paying equal attention to the theatrical form and the dance vocabulary the work focuses on the abstract in the characters, in the setting and in the narrative.
As a company they are a progressive and forward thinking creative/professional partnership. Errol & Davina are an experienced and communicative teaching team who are passionate and adept in training professional dance artists.
Jack comes from central Scotland and toured as a professional Irish dancer before re-training at The Space and Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance. As a student, he performed with Rambert Dance Company at Sadler’s Wells. He has created work with choreographers Mark Bruce, Breandán de Gallaí, Morgann Runacre-Temple, Didy Veldman, Matthew Robinson and Éowyn Emerald. Jack is based in Glasgow.
Gregor has a background in Persian dance, learning traditional dances that were handed down via family and cultural figures. He trained in ballet, jazz and contemporary dance at both Dance School of Scotland and Broughton High School.
He then went on to study acting and performance at Performing Arts Studio Scotland.
Gregor is interested in developing his dance and performance skills so that he can create multi-practiced work after taking inspiration from theatre makers, such as Gardzienice and Maestro Nicolas Nunez.
Through Dance Base, Gregor is excited to develop and increase his technique and skill level as well and learning new practices, working with likeminded peers and mentors and maturing as an artist through exposure to a large variety of work.
Gregor recently performed in The Happiness Project by Creative Electric commissioned by The National Theatre of Scotland’s Learn Department where he worked alongside 2017-2018 DEB Charlotte Mclean to create choreography based around their experiences of physical contact. He also helped choreograph and perform in a piece for Edinburgh base band Hinks, at the premiere of their mental health awareness song Fabric, at the Storytelling Centre.
Millie was part of the CAT scheme with Northern Ballet Academy in Leeds before moving to London to train at Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary. Throughout her time at Rambert she worked with choreographers and designers such as Mark Baldwin, Kerry Nicholls, Arielle Smith and Max Nicholson-Lailey, performing in main London venues Lilian Baylis and Stratford Circus. She performed at Garsington Opera alongside Rambert Company to celebrate Rambert's 90th Anniversary, a collaboration of 50 dancers and 70 musicians.
Upon graduation she moved to Madrid to join CaraBdanza, touring and performing works by Gonzalo Diaz and Adam Rutherford alongside developing her own solos in the creation of new company pieces.
Millie was a member of the first Ballet United Gala in 2017 and a dancer in the premier of MANA by Umut Özdaloglu. She is also passionate about teaching, currently working at Edinburgh Dance Academy and developing outreach programs aimed at the next generation of dancers.
Originally from Glasgow, Kirsten started dancing aged three with ballet classes, continuing to train in ballet and Irish dance throughout her school years. Moving away to study medicine in Aberdeen, she taught ballet at the university dance society and enjoyed trying different styles of dance from around the world.
At the end of her training, she made the decision to return to dance full-time, gaining entry into second year at West College Scotland. The next two years re-ignited her love for contemporary dance, and she sought opportunities to take part in classes, intensives and workshops around the UK, including with White and Givan, Ruth Mills, Leeanne Dobbie, James Wilton Dance and the many company classes offered at Dance Base.
Kirsten has always been interested in the body and how it moves and takes up space differently for each person, and with a strong interest in science as well as dance, hopes to one day be able to fuse these interests creatively. She is enthusiastic about creating work and hopes to be part of making dance more accessible to a wider audience.