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Dancers Emerging Bursary Scheme

If you have recently graduated from full-time professional training within the last two years, you are eligible to apply for DEBS: Dancers Emerging Bursary Scheme. Up to four dancers are selected and it includes:

  • Mentoring from an experienced dance artist
    Free professional classes and workshops at Dance Base from September through to July of the following year
    A week-long group residency at Dance Base

The DEBS selection will centre around the expertise of the mentor, carefully selected by Morag Deyes, Artistic Director of Dance Base.

The lead mentor for 2016/2017 is Merav Israel. Our call out for the DEBS 2017/18 scheme is now closed and updates on the 2018/19 programme will be made available in due course.

You can find out about our current 2017/18 DEBS participants here.

Previous DEBS mentors:

  • Luke Pell
    Matthew Hawkins
    Alan Greig
    Steinvor Palsson
    Christine Devaney

Previous DEBS recipients:

  • DEBS 2015 / 16:
    Carolina Ravaioli
    Katie Miller
    Mark Bleakley
    Philip Alexander

  • DEBS 2014 / 15:
  • Alex Ross McCabe
    Amy Longmuir
    Emma Snellgrove
    Phoebe Haymer
    Aaron Jeffrey
    Jack Webb
    Kirsty Pollock
    Lucy Boyes

Christina Duncan (DEBS 2013 / 14)
The DEBS scheme is such an invaluable experience for dancers progressing from training into the industry. It acts as a wonderful platform, giving individuals the opportunity to not only develop as an artist, but to also nurture professional working relationships. A highly riveting journey that has supported my creative practice and led me to some of the work, which I am currently involved with now.

Lucy Ireland (DEBS 2013 / 14)

Being part of the DEB Scheme helped ease the transition from student to professional as well as open doors to the professional dance community in Scotland.

Tess Letham (DEBS 2013 / 14)
Being able to take class regularly for free was immensely helpful as an emerging artist as it allowed me to continue to train and work on my technique, which wouldn't have been possible without this opportunity, transitioning from student to professional seamlessly ... a very supportive route into the professional community and have since gained many opportunities of work throughout Scotland, definitely made easier to source by being part of the DEBS scheme.

Esmee Lobley (DEBS 2013 / 14)

DEBS has been a wonderful opportunity for me to continue to grow as a dance artist. It has offered me a unique platform to learn, work and become part of the dance community through valuable mentoring, classes and performance experience, all of which have given me vitaI experience whilst being in a supportive environment. My year as 'a DEB' has had a huge impact on my understanding of the role and expectations of a professional dancer and it has undoubtedly enabled me to gain a contract with a dance company for next year. 

Jessica Wycherley (DEBS 2013 / 14)

The duration of my year has afforded me the opportunity to take part in free professional classes and free company class (open to all every Tuesday & Thursday), which gave me an incite into the workings of artists in residency. With support from our experienced and insightful mentor (Matthew Hawkins) we were able to identify approaches to working and gain individual support based on our needs. One of the most beneficial things for me about the DEBs program has been to meet other local artists and socialise with like-minded passionate people. I could not recommend Dance Base highly enough, I feel that in Edinburgh it is the centre of dance, and a link/ window into what is happening in the rest of Europe. I would like to thank all my teachers and mentor (Matthew Hawkins) for this year. It has been life changing.

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