Artist Advisory Group 2022/23

Company Chordelia The Chosen
Photo credit: Company Chordelia, The Chosen 2019, Dance Base Festival

As part of our ongoing commitment to bringing more voices into our strategy setting and decision-making processes, and to establish a collaborative conversation with the dance community we serve, Dance Base Scotland have recruited seven dance artists to join the 2022/23 Artist Advisory Group.

This group will work with us from May 2022 to the end of March 2023 and they will:

  • Advise us on the organisation’s overall strategy, providing reflections on past and current projects and responding to new proposals
  • Support effective decision making on the allocation of opportunities such as residencies and commissions
  • Promote opportunities generated by Dance Base to their wider communities and networks where appropriate

Please note that the members will not be able to take part in the discussion process for a specific opportunity if they have applied for it independently

If you have any questions about the Artist Advisory Group or would be interested in joining the Group after March 2023 please contact Kirsty Somerville, Head of Professional Programme, on


Meet the Artist Advisory Group Members:


Farah Saleh

Farah Saleh is a Palestinian dancer and choreographer based in Scotland. She has studied linguistic and cultural mediation in Italy and in parallel continued her studies in contemporary dance. Since 2010 she took part in local and international projects with Sareyyet Ramallah Dance Company (Palestine), the Royal Flemish Theatre and Les Ballets C de la B (Belgium), Mancopy Dance Company (Denmark/Lebanon), Siljehom/Christophersen (Norway) and Candoco Dance Company (UK). Saleh has also been teaching dance, coordinating and curating artistic projects since 2010. In 2016 she co-founded the Ramallah Dance Summer School, which now runs on a yearly basis. In 2014 she won the third prize of the Young Artist of the Year Award (YAYA) organized by A.M. Qattan Foundation in Palestine for her installation A Fidayee Son in Moscow and in 2016 she won the dance prize of Palest’In and Out Festival in Paris for the duet La Même. She is currently an Associate Artist at Dance Base and a PhD candidate at the Edinburgh College of Art. 

Photo credit:  Shareef Sarah



Giulia Montalbano

Graduated with a First-Class Honours Degree and Postgraduate from London Contemporary Dance School. Performer and dance teacher for Education setting and community nationally and internationally.

Her career has been enriched with additional international experiences as a performer including Cora Bissett (Grit); Scottish Dance Theatre; Rambert Dance Company (Dane Hurst); Alan Danielson (Limon Dance Company); Jo Strogmen (Sweden); Victor Qujada (Canada); Hofesh; Liv Lorent; Fleur Darkin; Maura Morales (Germany); Shumpei Nemoto (Japan); Matthias Kass (Switzerland); Eliot Smith Dance; Janice Garrett (USA); Company Idem (Switzerland); Rep of Siobhan Davies (London); Richard Alston (Ceremony of Carols); Rob Heaslip ( UK/Ireland); Henri Oguike; Shaper/Caper and Chordelia Dance Company (UK).

She is currently Dance Development Officer for Aspire Dundee, Dance Tutor for Junior Conservatoire of Contemporary Dance at RCS of Glasgow and Artistic Director of Fuora Dance Project. 



Nadia Sewnauth

Nadia is a Hip-Hop Dance Artist from Dumbarton, Scotland specialising in Funkstyles. She is a member of Dimestop, a Scottish Popping Collective formed in 2013. Her aim is bringing funkstyles to the local community in a preserved format and she has been sharing knowledge at her dance school Funk Forever since 2013. She is currently bringing her practice to a wider audience by exploring choreography and performance. This takes influences from her own life, her recent experiences of motherhood and broader issues facing women, mothers and multi ethnic people in hip-hop, dance, Scotland and society as whole.

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Niamh O'Loughlin

Niamh is a dance artist with a passion for creating performances with the audience at its heart. Her work takes a hybrid approach across live and digital platforms.

Niamh’s work has been performed at festivals in Ireland, Scotland and Denmark. Her work has been supported by The Work Room, CityMoves, Dance Base, Hospitalfield, Scottish Youth Theatre, Stellar Quines, Liz Roche Company and Dance Ireland. She was a part of Dance Base DEBS program 2019-2021 mentored by Angus Balbernie.

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Stephanie Julie Baird

I live, create, teach, and mentor in the beautiful islands of Orkney. Freelance dance artist, practitioner, researcher, and educator. I am a studio owner of Move Orkney Dance Studio; we deliver mainly classes to our local community. Over the last 3 years I have been in creative process and co-creating with other artist from Screen Dance insulations to community projects. My focus is to build a value for dance in my wider community and support dance development. I support the Orkney Dance Collective, our aim is to support professional practice, community projects, networking for touring companies/artists and support the quality control of dance within Orkney.




Tess Letham

Tess is an independent dance artist based in Edinburgh, working as a performer, teacher, dance theatre maker and curator. She has trained extensively in the methods of Flying Low and Passing Through, created by internationally renowned teacher David Zambrano, sharing this work across Scotland and further afield. Improvisation for performance is at the core of her current research, being a coorganiser of Something Smashing as well as recipient of the #LoveDanceScotland Recovery Bursary in 2021 for her project Six for Six. Her latest creation Remedy for Memory, premiered at Assembly Roxy in April 2022 and over the last two years, she led and curated the dance programme for Hidden Door festival.

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Vendetta Vain

Vee Smith is a freelance independent circus and performance artist based in Glasgow. A graduate of the National Centre for Circus Arts Vee has created work for Resolutions Festival, the Adelaide Fringe and Braw Screen. With a focus on transgressive work that sits at the intersections of Circus, Visual Theatre and Live Art practice Vee is a Leverhulme Award recipient, member of The Work Room and a board member of Articulation, the Scottish advocacy and development organisation for Circus, Outdoor Arts and Physical Performance sector.

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