Classes and Workshops

Contemporary Advanced/Professional


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

Wednesdays
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 five blocks. For more information about each block of classes, please see below:

Wednesdays 9, 16 & 23 January | Matthew Hawkins
A vibrant summer class, enjoying how a shared classic mode invites participation. Accompanied by live music.
To book, visit the class page.

Wednesdays 30 January & 6 February | 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.

Wednesdays 13, 20 & 27 February and 6 &13 March | 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.

Wednesdays 20 & 27 Mar and 3 April | 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

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

Fridays
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

Saturdays
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 5, 12, 19 & 26 January and 2 February | 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.

Saturdays 9, 16 & 23 February and 2 & 9 March | Tamsyn Russell
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. Classes are energetic and challenging by their emphasis on shifting through the space, swing and dynamics.
To book, visit the class page.

Saturdays 16, 23 & 30 March | White & Givan
The principle elements of the class will focus on skeletal alignment; articulate placement and core stability. Leading the dancers to move fluidly with precision, power and strength facilitating a neutral and controlled understanding of the body’s physicality in performance.
To book, visit the class page.

Sundays
Out of Class with Christine Devaney | 2 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 | 13 January | 24 February | 24 March | 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 morag@dancebase.co.uk if there are any professional level classes or workshops you would be keen to see in the Dance Base programme.

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