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 Spring term, Wednesday Ballet will be taught in three blocks. For more information about each block of classes, please see below:

Wednesdays  8, 15 & 22 Jan | 09.30-11.00 | Matthew Hawkins
Matthew references various great teachers amid his cosmopolitan ballet experience. His classical class additionally airs elements of a wider balletic vocabulary in ways that are surprisingly accessible and refreshing.
To book, visit the class page.

Wednesdays  5, 12, 19 & 26 Feb   | Sheena Gough
It has been my privilege to teach classical ballet for many decades. Teaching is my life and love. I believe that correct management of body posture is the first step towards strong technique that will lead to correct classical line and safe guard the dancer against injury.
To book, visit the class page.

Wednesdays  4, 11, 18, 25 Mar & 01 Apr | 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.
 To book, visit the class page.

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 Vincent Hantam | 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 four blocks. For more information about each block of classes, please see below:

Saturdays 11, 18, 25 Jan & 1 Feb | 11.15-12.45 | Tamsyn Russell
Tamsyn teaches a release based class devised to move the body in an organized and efficient way, focusing on clarity of movement and momentum. Working from a traditional class structure from floor phrases to standing, gradually building to integrate skills in full-bodied movement phrases. Tamsyn's classes are energetic and challenging by their emphasis on shifting through the space, swing and dynamics.
To book, visit the class page.

Saturdays 11, 18, 25 Jan & 01 Feb | 11.15-12.45 | Tess Letham
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.
To book, visit the class page.

Saturdays 29 Feb & 7, 14 & 21 Mar | 11.15 - 12.45 | Jack Webb
Jack teaches a dynamic release-based class focusing on moving in and out of the floor, breath, weight, imagery and moving with ease, quality and functionality to prepare the body for articulate and demanding phrases.
To book, visit the class page.

Saturdays 28 Mar & 4 Apr | 11.15-12.45 | Lucy Suggate
The class will look at how we can expand and interrogate the way we move. It will focus on anatomical awareness and imagination. The class is guided through a mixture of physical, verbal and poetic suggestions and draws from improvisational and somatic movement approaches.
To book, visit the class page.

Out of Class with Christine Devaney | 2.5 hours on Sundays | £5.00 (payable by cash)

Sun 2 Feb | 13.30-15.00, Sun 23 Feb | 11.00-13.30, Sun 15 Mar | 11.0-13.30

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 12 Jan | Sun 16 Feb | Sun 15 Mar | 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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