Dance for Health & Wellbeing

Dance for Health & Wellbeing

The Dance for Health and Wellbeing programme uses the power of dance to improve people’s health, wellbeing and place in society. This program develops projects that bring together dance artists, charities, community organisations and health and social care partners.

The aim is to see more activity that utilises dance’s wide-ranging physical, social and emotional benefits to support communities and individuals in living well. These projects are designed to contribute to positive health and social outcomes in health and social care spheres, and in communities. 

Dance for Parkinson's Scotland

Weekly movement and exercise classes for people living with Parkinson’s, their families, and their carers across Scotland.

Dance in Hospitals

We have been working with NHS Lothian Charity’s arts in health and wellbeing programme, Tonic Arts, exploring the potential for dance in hospitals in Edinburgh.

Dance in Care

Our projects in care homes and day centres in Edinburgh; we are currently developing and expanding this work.  

Dance and Dementia

Dance Base is working with the Edinburgh Centre for Research on the Experience of Dementia (ECRED), and exploring rights-based ways of working in dance and dementia. 

Past Projects

Winter Warmers

Over the winter of 2022-23, Dance Base offered free weekly dance and singing sessions for over 60s as part of THRIVE Edinburgh’s Coorie in for Winter warm spaces initiative. 


Dance Base contributed to a research study exploring whether online group dance can support the social and mental wellbeing of young people living with anxiety.  

Sunday Sessions

Work carried out by Dance Base with our neighbours in the City Centre and Southeast of Edinburgh; we shared our space tested out some new opportunities for dance with local community groups. We worked with MILAN Elder Welfare, LEAP, Grassmarket Community Project, Edinburgh Old Town Development Trust, and Valley Park Community Centre.