At any one time, Dance Base is involved in a number of projects to address particular areas of need within our sector or to encourage international co-operation and exchange between dancers across the globe. On this page you can find out more about our project-based work and collaborations.
Dancers Emerging Bursary Scheme
The Dancers Emerging Bursary Scheme (DEBS) is our annual programme of mentoring, guidance, and practical support for four emerging dance artists in Scotland.
Created in 2015 to address under-representation of older dancers on stage, PRIME is the Dance Base resident company for dancers over 60.
In 2024 we will host a range of projects and programmes including a choreographer role with PASS, a placement with Scottish Dance Theatre and a Hip Hop Dance Development Week.
In 2023 we delivered a range of new collaborations with PASS college, Scottish Dance Theatre, Edinburgh International Festival and Dance Ireland, and a programme of live performances.
In 2022 we ran international projects with partners in Lebanon and Senegal providing opportunities for Scotland-based artists to connect with their international peers. At home, we held several Scotland based projects including Open Art Surgery – a live showcase of hip-hop theatre work with partners Breakin’ Convention and our first Scratch Night event.
In 2021 we ran several projects thanks to funding from the Performing Arts Venue Relief Fund from Creative Scotland. This included a collaboration with Jupiter Artland (Space, Nature, Nurture), Snow Motion (a weekend of live performance), and a second round of Love Dance Scotland.
Despite the closure of our building in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, in 2020 Dance Base were able to run a series of projects focused on supporting artists to continue to create and develop during this difficult time. This included Your Call, a commissioned series of new dance films, Now Here This, a performance evening that pivoted to a series of filmed performances, Catalytic Conversations, a programme of 1-1 artist talks, and the LoveDanceScotland Commission which supported the creation of two new works.