About | LYDC

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What is LYDC?

Lothian Youth Dance Company (LYDC) is Dance Base’s in-house youth dance company. Each year a group of young dancers meet regularly to train, create and perform together. Company members come from different backgrounds but share a common love and interest for dance and performance that they explore with each other over the course of one year.


Who is it for?

  • Anyone who loves dance and wants to expand their dance technique and performance skills.
  • Dancers aged 14-21 years.
  • Dancers based in Edinburgh, the Lothians and Fife.

What does the company do?

  • Meet at Dance Base one Sunday every month to take part in intensive dance classes and workshops exploring technique and choreography. There is a focus on contemporary dance with additional dance techniques explored according to the group’s interest.

  • Participate in two week-long residencies at Dance Base – one in the autumn term break, and one during the Easter break. During these residencies the company take part in daily technique class as well as creating a new piece of dance.

  • Throughout the year the company also have the opportunity to perform at various performance platforms.

  • Opportunities to attend dance performances in Edinburgh. In the past, the company have been to see performances by Akram Khan, Rambert, Nederlands Dans Teater (NDT) and various shows at Dance Base’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe performances.


2022-23 Term Dates

Autumn 2021

11th September

9th October

Residency week 17th- 21st October

13th November

4th December


Spring 2022

15th January

12th February

12th March

Residency week 3rd- 7th April


Summer 2022

30th April

28th May

25th June



£360 for one year (this can be split over 3 monthly installments)


Funded bursary places are available. If the fees would be a barrier to take part, you will be eligible for a bursary place. We encourage everyone interested in this opportunity to apply. If you’d like to have a chat about the bursary option, please get in contact with emma.smith@dancebase.co.uk.


How do I take part?

Join one of our workshop auditions this summer to experience the company work and to be considered for next year.


   “LYDC has offered me so many opportunities in Edinburgh to explore contemporary dance and create beautiful pieces! The performance opportunities have helped me learn a lot about this industry and helped me to build my confidence!” (LYDC Participant)


Supported by the Ernest Hecht Charitable Foundation, The Arnold Clark Community Fund, and the City of Edinburgh Council’s Youth Development Fund. 

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