Classes and Workshops

Contemporary Advanced/Professional

Company Classes with resident artists. For professionally trained dancers only. Go to Company Classes page.

Pilates with Jen Cunningham | 09.00 – 10.00 | £7.50 (£6.50)
Pilates is ideal conditioning for dancers who want to improve strength, balance, control, flexibility, breathing and help prevent injury. To book, visit the class page
This class is open to non-professionals but is a level 2 class. 

Ballet | 09.30 – 11.00 | £4.50
For the summer term, Wednesday Ballet will be taught in three blocks. For more information about each block of classes, please see below:

Wednesdays 24 April, 1, 8 & 15 May | Mark Pace
The class set at a professional level will incorporate small enchaînements from the classical ballet repertoire focusing on safe dance practices with a special attention on alignment and coordination. Mark has danced and taught internationally and is currently teaching at the University of Edinburgh.
To book, visit the class page.

22 & 29 May and 5 June  | Lewis Normand
This professional level class will focus on efficient alignment, strength building, as well as variety of dynamics to add clarity and colour to our dancing. Using a classical foundation, as well as encouraging expansiveness and fluidity, we will work with the joy of dance and performance in mind.
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Wednesdays 12, 19 & 26 June | Lucy Ireland
This professional level class will focus on alignment, technicality and breadth of movement. An invigorating class that will set you up nicely for the day ahead.
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Contemporary Adv / Pro with Steinvor Palsson | 18.00 – 19.30 | £4.50
Focusing on breath, alignment, clarity of movement and musicality, the class moves from standing exercises for working on technique through movement sequences and jumps that explore space, rhythm and shifting dynamics. To book, visit the class page

Company Classes with resident artists. For professionally trained dancers only. Go to Company Classes page

Classical Ballet with Matthew Hawkins | 09.30 – 11.00 | £4.50
This is a general morning class for professional dancers and dancers with extensive experience of classical ballet. This class will invigorate both your body and your mind and set you up for the day. To book, visit the class page

Contemporary | 11.15 – 12.45 | £4.50
For the spring term, Saturday Contemporary will be taught in three blocks. For more information about each block of classes, please see below:

Saturdays 27 Apr, 4 & 11 May | Tess Letham
Tess will lead this class using her passion and knowledge in the methods of Flying Low and Passing Through from her extensive training with David Zambrano. The class will begin with group work to connect with the environment around us, opening up possibilities to create interconnections that take us into new pathways within our bodies and within the space. We will then continue into exercises that focus on the relationship with the floor, using specific movement sequences that explore the gathering and sending of our whole body efficiently, with attention to connecting with the whole room and everyone within it, spiralling together through the space.
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Saturdays 18 & 25 May & 1 Jun | Charlotte Mclean
The class will use breath, voice and visualisation exercises as tools for self-practice within improvisation. The class will develop from the floor to standing and during this time, will explore ways of observing and indulging habitual patterns of movement, with joy and individual celebration at it's heart. It will increase in pace, physicality and pleasure throughout.
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Saturdays | 8, 15, 22 & 29 June | Daniel Navarro Lorenzo
My technical classes are based on the Limon and Release techniques. I like to mix my classes using both techniques – the Release style allows more freedom of movement while Limon brings more discipline around shape and form. In my opinion, Release is more natural and free and helps me to see the potential of dancers in terms of their movement and dance. Limon gives dancers a more powerful body structure.
I use the Limon technique combined with a physical floor work introdurction to warm up the body and get ready for the main exercises. The exercises include grand plies exercises and bounces; finding balance, momentos and releasing the body during the exercises; triplex, small and big jumps to end in variation of mine. It is a truly technical class full of technique.
To book, visit the class page.

Out of Class with Christine Devaney | 2.5 hours on Sunday afternoons | £5.00 (payable by cash)
Beginning with simple bodywork followed by guided improvisations, session leaders will draw on their extensive experience in dance and theatre for these improvisation sessions. You can find further information here.

Monthly Open to All Vogue Practice with the Scottish Chapter of The Kiki House of Tea | Sun 28 Apr | Sun 19 May | Sun 16 Jun | 14.30-16.30 | £3 (payable in cash)
Voguing is an underground dance-based art form that comes from the Ballroom scene, created by the Black and Latinx LGBT communities in prisons and the Harlem drag balls. You can find more information here. This class is open to non-professionals.

You may notice some changes to the line-up of professional classes for this term, with some classes and practice sessions no longer running (though it’s possible they may return in future terms). We are taking some time to reconsider our professional class provision and we are looking to move toward more workshops and intensives in dance styles that aren’t commonly available in Edinburgh. It’s a bit of an experimental period and we are very open to your feedback on this matter – please email if there are any professional level classes or workshops you would be keen to see in the Dance Base programme.

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