Artist Advisory Group 2021/22

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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 twelve dance artists to join the 2021/22 Artist Advisory Group.

This group will work with us from May 2021 to the end of March 2022 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 2022 please contact Kirsty Somerville, Programmes Manager, on


Meet the Artist Advisory Group Members:


Alex McCrossan

Alex McCrossan is the dance artist with Dundee based contemporary dance company Shaper/Caper. Growing up in Lanarkshire, they didn’t find their feet in dance (pun intended!) until starting hiphop in their teenage years and, during their college training, found love for contemporary dance.

Alex takes huge influence from politics, comedy, drag and cabaret to add to their work as a contemporary dance artist as well as practicing different movement including Vogue (Old Way) and Pole Dance. They hope to blur the lines of gender roles in dance, make space for other Trans/Nonbinary dancers and strike a pose as they go!



Aniela Piasecka

Aniela's work tends towards the collective; frequent collaborators include Olivia Norris, Isabel Palmstierna, and Paloma Proudfoot as STASIS, film-maker Daniel Cook, curator, artist, and DJ Francis Dosoo and musician Ailie Ormston. In both collaboration and solo research, a continuous will to explore the link between affect and space underpins the work, an ongoing curiosity regarding how different environments impact on, and are impacted by, the body. Outputs combine choreography, text, film, sound, and installation; colliding between visual art contexts (Glasgow International, Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop and the Irish Museum of Modern Art) and performance contexts (Dance International Glasgow, The Place). 



Bridie Gane

Bridie Gane is a dance artist and choreographer based in Glasgow, creating dance works with retro theatricality. Bridie has created works with and for diverse performers and audiences and is currently an Associate Artist at Dance Base, Edinburgh. Bridie passionately believes that dance needs to connect with a wide range of people, especially people who don’t feel that dance is for them or have no previous involvement in dance and aims to draw audiences in through quick and sharp choreography, musicality and wit and whimsy in her work.



Claricia Parinussa

Claricia Parinussa is a Maluku diaspora artist whose practice encapsulates interdisciplinary collaboration, movement, performance, research, writing, producing and community organising. She is interested in unknowings and bodily knowings as a site of potentiality; in opacities, in dialogues; in things and nothings and beings and thinkings, in doings.

Claricia has held artistic Associateships with Project X Dance (2017) and Dance Base, Edinburgh (2017-2020), and she is lead producer and founder of ID.Y, a QTIPOC-led and focussed producing and advocacy cohort. 



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


Jen Wren

Jen Wren is a creative dance artist, teacher and physical therapist with a practice rooted in body, energy and communication. 

Artistic Director of Slanjayvah Danza, and creative collaborator with other artists/organisations; at the heart of Jen’s artistry is the exploration of traditional, interdisciplinary and intercultural arts through a contemporary lens. Her creations are grounded in artistic, human, heritage or scientific concepts, drawing upon stories, embedding traditional steps, music and song into contemporary productions. Accenting these with emotion and a sense of adventure, Jen creates art that resonates across cultures and generations.


Jennifer Ba

Jennifer Ba has been connected to, and worked with Dance Base for over 8 years, most recently teaching the West African dance class remotely over the past year during the pandemic. Jennifer has been a student of traditional West African dance forms for close to 20 years, and especially loves to share the rich heritage of the Malinke and Susu culture through the classes.

She is excited to be a member of the Artist Advisory Group as she feels passionately about inclusion and equalities in the Arts sector. For over 10 years Jennifer has been inviting West African artists to Scotland , coordinating events, festivals and workshops. She currently works full time with race equality organisation Strengthening Communities for Race Equality Scotland - SCOREscotland. 


Katherina Radeva

Katherina Radeva is a first generation migrant, born in the Thracian Valley, Bulgaria. Kat's is an award winning  performance maker and co-director of Two Destination Language, a set and costume designer and a visual artist. Choreography on the stage, page and on the body are a foundation upon which themes of identity, boundary and belonging form much of her work. Everything she does is in relation to politics, space, ecology, those before her, next to her, after her. She fosters dogs and makes a cracking rhubarb and ginger jam.

Photo credit: Beth Chalmers


Kerieva McCormick

Kerieva McCormick is Artistic Director of KAM-RI Dance Theatre, and a choreographer, musician and multi-disciplinary artist. Concurrent to her artistic career she is a consultant on numerous think tanks and advisory committees across UK and Europe in diversity, safeguarding and transnational network building. Kerieva is an Honorary Research Fellow of Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh.





Lucy Ireland

Lucy is a performer, choreographer and teacher based in Glasgow. She is co-director of Shotput, a dance theatre company that investigates human relationships and the darker corners of contemporary experience.

Outside of Shotput, Lucy has worked with a range of companies and choreographers as a dancer, including Scottish Opera, David Hughes Dance, Alan Greig Dance Theatre, Errol White Company, Ashley Page, Emily-Jayne Boyle, Kally Lloyd-Jones, and Katie Armstrong. Lucy trained at the Dance School of Scotland and Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and teaches regularly at Dance Base on both the professional and community programmes. 

Photo credit: Mihaela Bodlovic


Matthew Hawkins

London born Matthew Hawkins was a professional ballet dancer from 1977-82 before beginning independent practice. He has presented his own choreography for four decades. Matthew has worked extensively in many different countries including Tunisia, Hungary, Japan, Venezuela, France, China, Holland and Russia. At Dance Base Matthew has developed ways of teaching people over 60, beginners, inclusive classes (Ceilidh and contemporary) and diverse professionals. He will be giving performances with in collaboration Red Note contemporary music ensemble during summer 2021.



Sam Stephen

Sam Stephen began his professional training in contemporary dance and classical ballet at the Scottish School of Contemporary Dance, Dundee, and went on to complete his training in Musical Theatre at TTC, Essex. 

Since graduating Sam has worked around the world performing on stages in North America and Europe. Most recently he has performed closer to home as part of an original musical at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Parallel to a performing career Sam has worked as a creative consultant in education. His specialty is working in learning and development for children and adults who have severe or complex needs, adverse childhood experiences, and trauma. 

Working from a blueprint of inclusivity, diversity, and equality his practice uses a variety of techniques and methods to create a fully cohesive environment for all. Sam achieves this with creative innovation at the heart of his work which is inspired by his passion for performing and his purpose of creating a space for everyone to flourish. 


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