Morag joined Dance Base in 1994, one year after the charity was established. She worked tirelessly as Artistic Director; indeed, it was in large part through her vision and persistence that the Dance Base building, Scotland’s National Centre for Dance in Edinburgh’s Grassmarket, was built. She made it her mission to support the potential for dance in everyone and there are many people across Scotland and beyond whose lives in dance were supported by Morag’s dedication.
While her achievements with Dance Base are too many to list, Morag herself told Broadway Baby in 2022 that her two proudest accomplishments are establishing PRIME in 2015, and her ongoing development of Dance Base’s Fringe Festival participation.
PRIME, our over-60s company, is now a mainstay of Dance Base. It has gone on to break boundaries and partner with diverse collaborators such as the BBC and Taiwanese dance company, B.DANCE. Due to her work on PRIME, Morag herself is now a globally acknowledged expert in how dance can open opportunities for older people.
Her yearly programming for Dance Base as part of Edinburgh’s August Fringe and International Festivals contributed hugely to the Scottish dance scene. This served to both introduce people in Scotland to talented dance artists from around the world, as well as to showcase Scottish talent to international audiences.
Morag’s work at Dance Base continues to be honoured through Dance Base’s Sundancer patron programme. Named in honour of her childhood nickname, this fund allows more people to benefit from dance.
Since leaving Dance Base in 2022 Morag has been in demand across the world, working in Taiwan, India and Australia, furthering her cause wherever she goes.
Her naming in the New Year’s Honour List is well earned and deserved. We cannot wait to see what Morag will accomplish next.