Our Community Dance Projects change lives through dance.
Dance Base’s Community Programme is fully inclusive, working with a diverse range of people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities. We offer a wide range of accessible, healthy and fun, high quality dance opportunities.
We take creative dance workshops and projects to schools, youth and community groups in Edinburgh and beyond. Groups and individuals can also access classes, professional company rehearsals and performances in our award-winning building in the Grassmarket.
There are several classes available to mature dancers with or without experience.
As part of Luminate 2017 Dance Base is offering a programme of free dance classes for over-60s throughout October. The classes will be Contemporary Dance and Performance Art with the iconic Lindsay Kemp, Jazz with Chris Stuart-Wilson, Ballet with Matthew Hawkins and ‘let-it-all-hang-out’ Freestyle Contemporary with Morag Deyes. These classes encourage a sense of joy in movement and creativity and will be fun, open and free.
Seated Swing is a bespoke programme of seated dance workshops in care homes and day centres across Edinburgh. Each week, experienced dance teachers Chris Stuart-Wilson and Fiona Blair visit centres to teach fun, accessible classes that target motor and sequencing pathways in the brain, stimulating coordination and enhancing and developing cognitive function in older adults who have limited access to physical and social activity. From January to October, Dance Base delivers weekly dance workshops to up to 80 older people. The workshops are also supported by a fantastic group of volunteers.
Dance Base is now running free weekly classes for people with Parkinson's, using techniques developed by Mark Morris Dance Group in Brooklyn, New York.
Classes are free every Wednesday from 11.30-13.30.
We are proud to be working with Alzheimer's Scotland, Edinburgh Festival Theatre, University of the West of Scotland, Music in Hospitals, Hearts and Minds, Art in Healthcare to create a series of workshops for people with early-onset dementia and their families. In 2017 we hope to be able to offer some taster sessions to people living with Dementia and their families.
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