Festival Professional Class

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During the Festival we are delighted to be hosting daily Professional Class, taught be a range of teachers from around the world who will be joining us this August.

Each morning class will focus on professional level technique and is for trained professional dancers to get them ready for their day ahead. We will also be holding a Festival Special of Out of Class which is open to dance and visual artists on Monday 8th!

Our programme of public classes will restart in September.


Monday 8th August | 10:00 – 13:00 | Obstruction Technique Workshop with Palle Granhøj | Cancelled

Unfortuantely we have had to cancel this workshop. You can still see four works by Granhøj Dans at Dance Base during the festival – Stone-Face-Book, An Eve and an Adam, This is not Swan Lake..., and BOLERO – EXTENDED.


Monday 8 August | 14:00 - 17:00 | Out of Class with Christine Devaney (Curious Seed) & Luke Sutherland | £10 for dancers & £5 for visual artists

Not a class, not a workshop...

Out of Class, is an open space for improvisation with a focus on the interplay between dance and live music. Facilitated by Christine Devaney (Artistic Director of Curious Seed) with musician Luke Sutherland and guest. These sessions are for dance artists with experience in any technique or style, who are interested in exploring improvisation. 

Building from simple guided scores: tuning into self and others, allowing the dance and music to unfold through this awareness.  

Visual artists and writers are welcome to participate by exploring their own discipline in relation to the dance and music. 

About Christine Devaney:

Christine Devaney is Artistic Director of award-winning Edinburgh-based dance theatre company Curious Seed which she founded in 2005.  Born in Glasgow, Christine trained at London Contemporary Dance School and has been performing, choreographing and teaching throughout her extensive career, which started with Dundee Rep Dance Company (now Scottish Dance Theatre).  Over a period of 9 years, she worked with the internationally acclaimed V-tol Dance Company where she became Associate Director and played a key role in developing their highly respected education work. 

Her work has always spanned across dance and theatre, working with amongst others, Plan BQuarantineFrantic AssemblyYolander Snaith Theatre Dance Catherine Wheels Theatre CompanyLung Ha Theatre Company and The National Theatre of Scotland.  

About Luke Sutherland:

Luke Sutherland has played, collaborated and toured with many groups and people over the years including Mogwai, Long Fin Killie, Rev Magnetic, Jomi Massage and Music A.M. His composition credits include scores for the National Theatre of Scotland’s Venus as a Boy, Curious Seed’s And The Birds Did Sing, Whiteout by Barrowland Ballet, The North by Joan Clevillé Dance, and the feature films Second Coming, and ear for eye by writer/director debbie tucker green.

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Tuesday 9 – Sunday 15 August | 09:30 – 11:00 | with Stephen Pelton

Pelton’s classes move from Limon-based swing, fall and recover fundamentals to ballet placement exercises to yoga-inspired strengthening practices to combinations exploring Pelton’s own lyrical and idiosyncratic movement style.  Each day’s movement material accumulates into a final choreographic sequence that reinforces technical principles from earlier in class.

Movement dynamics, musicality and a passionate use of space are essential qualities of Pelton’s classes. As is his insistence upon using humour as a means of breaking through our inhibitions, unifying the group and finding new dimensions in our dancing. As one of London’s best-loved teachers of Limon-inspired contemporary technique, Stephen’s commitment is to meet, challenge and inspire each dancer, whatever their level of expertise, through direct feedback and supportive encouragement.

About Stephen Pelton:

Stephen is artistic director of Stephen Pelton Dance Theatre and associate director for Yorke Dance Project and the Cohan Collective. He began his dance training at SUNY Purchase, began choreographing at Connecticut College then danced in Boston for four years with Gerri Houlihan’s Boston Dance Project and Susan Rose’s Danceworks. In 1989 he moved to San Francisco where he danced with Della Davidson and in 1993 formed Stephen Pelton Dance Theatre.

Now based in London, Stephen is one of Europe’s most sought-after teachers of Limon-inspired dance technique. In London, he teaches at Laban, Central School of Ballet and The Place and teaches company class for Yorke Dance Project, DV8, Random, Matthew Bourne/New Adventures and Ballet Boyz.

Pelton’s work has been performed throughout the US as well as in London, Paris, Edinburgh, Amsterdam and Berlin. In San Francisco, the company won a Cable Car Award for Waltzes for the Dayroom and was nominated three times for the Isadora Duncan Awards, including a nomination for best choreography for and a white light in the back of my mind to guide me. The company has created several works in collaboration with playwright Brian Thorstenson including Sugarfoot Stomp and Tuesday—a play for dancers. Stephen’s solo works The Hurdy-gurdy Man and A Hundred Miles have each been presented at Dance Base in Edinburgh during the Fringe. In 2015, Pelton’s Lauda Adrianna received its world premiere in Glasgow performed in collaboration with the world-famous Gavin Bryars Ensemble. Pelton and company are currently premiering a new full-length work End without Days, 5-21 August at Dance Base.

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Tuesday 16 – Sunday 21 August | 09:30 – 11:00 | with László Fülöp

Join László Fülöp, dancer with Granhøj Dans, for a week of Professional class as he comes to Dance Base to perform This is not Swan Lake... During these classes László will lead you through a series of different games on the topic of composition, timing and spacing. Using the methods he has developed under the brand of Timothy and the Things, the class will be fun with lots of creative teamwork, and provide you with a set of tools to learn more about yourself and your physicality. Through the simple games you will create, some things might be difficult and some might be easy, but hopefully the whole series of classes will be physically and mentally stimulating. And the most important perhaps - you will have fun!

About László Fülöp:

László Fülöp is a young emerging choreographer and dancer from Hungary, who completed his studies at the Budapest Contemporary Dance Academy in 2010. Since then has worked with numerous Hungarian and international dance makers -mainly with the Granhoj Dance Company. He develops his own work under the name of Timothy and the Things. In 2014 he created ‘there’s an elephant in every room…’, which earned a Rudolf Laban prize - the best independent dance creation of the year - in 2015. Since then all his creations have been nominated to that prize. His duet, titled ‘Your Mother at My Door’ was in the Aerowaves Priority selection of 2017, and since then it has toured extensively on various European and overseas stages. In 2016 he received the Victor Fülöp Scholarship as an emerging choreographer. The core topic of László’s interest is based on exploring and analyzing all forms of human social behaviours and communication issues, from all possible aspects, in their own completeness, without generalizations and prejudices: in a simple, pure and personal way.

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Tuesday 23 - Sunday 28 August | 09:30 – 11:00 | with Vincent Hantam

Join Vincent Hantam each morning to invigorate both your body and mind with a Professional level Ballet Class. This 90-minute class is for professional dancers and dancers with extensive experience of classical ballet and will celebrate being back in the studio together again, making full use of the space and welcoming our bodies into a regular practice for the week.

Vincent will focus attention on movements and phrases to strengthen the body and reengage with techniques that we perhaps haven't been able to explore outside of the studio.

About Vincent Hantam:

Vincent is from South Africa and has danced most of the principal roles with Scottish Ballet from 1975-1991. He is best remembered for his Spectre De La Rose, Mercutio and Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, and many more.  

His career has seen him perform with many companies both locally and on the international stage. He has produced many ballets for various companies including O'Caritas from Peter Darrell, Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty (Act III) and Othello.  

In September 2012 Vincent became the first "Artist In Residence" at the University of Edinburgh. Although he still dances, teaching is his forte!

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