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. 

For the autumn term, Wednesday Ballet will be taught by 3 guest teachers. For more information about each block of classes, please see below:

Wednesdays 12, 19, 26 September & 3 October – Martyn Garside
Class will focus on decision making, weight distribution, coordination and ballet technique in order to maximise a dancers full movement potential. Martyn studied and graduated from the Royal Ballet School before dancing with the San Francisco Ballet for seven years. Martyn is currently a Dance Base Associate Artist. Accompanied by live music.

Wednesday 10, 17, 24 & 31 October – 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.

Wednesdays 7, 14, 21, 28 November & 5 December – Matthew Hawkins
A vibrant summer class, enjoying how a shared classic mode invites participation. Accompanied by live music.

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

For the autumn term, Saturday Contemporary will be taught by 4 guest teachers. For more information about each block of classes, please see below:

Saturdays 8, 15 & 22 September – Steinvor Palsson
In this Cunningham-based technique class, the emphasis is on musicality, breath and dynamic alignment, with an emphasis on moving with ease and clarity. We will progress from standing exercises to movement sequences and jumps that explore space, rhythm and shifting dynamics. Accompanied by live music.

Saturdays 29 September, 6, 13 & 20 October – Emma Jayne Park
Playful and physical, this momentum driven class will blend release based contemporary technique with influences from other dance styles to develop an articulate and fluid travelling vocabulary. Using simple placement related exercises to energise the body we will move in and out of the floor, building to longer phrases that focus on dynamic, clarity, strength and an awareness of both our bodies and the space around us.

Saturday 27 October –  Stephen Pelton
Pelton’s technique class combine Limon-inspired movement fundamentals with ballet placement exercises and phrase material exploring Pelton’s own lyrical and idiosyncratic movement style.

Saturdays 3, 10, 17 & 24 November & 1 December – Lewis Normand
This professional level class is energetic and fast-paced. Using the foundations of Cunningham and Release techniques, it includes floor-based work as well as standing and travelling movement. Principals of alignment, flow, weight and expansiveness play out across the physical material. With the aim to facilitate a space for rigorous training, as well as personal curiosities, Lewis encourages a “do what you need’ atmosphere. Accompanied by live music.

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 | 23 September 14.30-16.30 | 25 November 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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