Get Scotland Dancing & the Big Dance Pledge
Dance Base was proud to be a key organisation in leading the dance activities for Edinburgh and the Lothians. Get Scotland Dancing encouraged more people to get active and participate in dance. The project had many elements including Big Dance Pledge, involving Scottish Ballet. Scottish Ballet created choreography, to specially commissioned music, which was then shared digitally by various dance hubs in Scotland, the UK and around the world. On a lovely Friday afternoon in May 2014, over 400 young people and other dance groups performed the choreography on the Mound. the dance was performed at the same time in 67 different locations around the world with over 50,000 participants worldwide.
Dance Open Day
Dance Base tries to run a minimum of two open days every year. They usually take place on a Sunday morning, and involve taster sessions for our most popular - and some more alternative - dance styles. These taster sessions are completely free of charge and are designed to invite those who have never danced before to give it a go, with no obligation to book.
Commonwealth Games Handover
Dance Base worked with 3 Edinburgh Primary Schools to create a performance piece inspired by Commonwealth Games sports. The 90 pupils came from, Royal Mile, Prestonfield and Stenhouse and performed in Festival Square to specially-created music by Barney Strachan. Barney also plays in-house for Dance Base classes. See our Teachers page for more information.
Dance Fest was created in partnership with Dance Base, Active Schools and Edinburgh’s Festival Theatre. Working in 10 High Schools in Edinburgh over a term, we have 5 choreographers creating a performance piece using values and qualities from the Commonwealth. These new works were then performed at the Festival Theatre on the biggest stage in Scotland.
Each school also put 2 young people forward to represent there’s school as Young Dance Champions to come together and complete a Dance Leadership Level 1 course and then shard there learning with others in their communities.
In 2014, 30 young males took part in workshop at the Festival Theatre studio, led by dancers from Matthew Bourne’s company.