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Dance is a part of everyone’s life. From toddlers moving to music, to teenagers at a disco, Ceilidhs at weddings to social dancing for couples – at some point in time everyone will get dragged onto a dance floor to move to music!

To learn about the different dance styles, here’s who to contact:

Your local Dance Centre is your first port of call – they run a varied programme of prepaid and drop-in classes for all ages and skill levels. This is where you should go to begin to shake your booty!

If you’re in the Aberdeen area, please contact Citymoves
If you are based in Edinburgh contact Dance Base
Those of you in Glasgow can contact Dance House
Those in Dundee can visit The Space

If you are feeling inspired after this and are seriously considering a qualification in dance, you can find out a wee bit more by visiting or contacting colleges and further education institutions who offer specialised dance courses or contact the Council for Dance and Education and Training.

Y Dance

YDance (Scottish Youth Dance) is the National Youth Dance Agency for Scotland. As a leading provider of quality dance education, the Company encourages all young people to get active and develop their creativity through dance. They offer a range of opportunities across Scotland including workshops, summer schools and holidays programmes, productions created specifically for young people and Project Y - a company for young dancers aged between 16 and 21. YDance also offers a range of educational resources and in-service training to help teachers and group leaders teach dance and are currently running a three year initiative to get teenage girls dancing - Free To Dance. Funded by the Scottish Government Health Department this project will run in Glasgow, Ayrshire and Orkney until 2011.

For more information www.ydance.org

Tel: 0141 552 7732

Ladywell Centre
94 Duke Street
G4 0UW

Council for Dance Education and Training

The Council for Dance Education and Training (CDET) promotes excellence in dance education and training. It accredits courses at vocational dance schools, advocates on behalf of the private dance training and teaching communities and provides a comphrehensive information service about dance education and training. CDET offers advice and suppport to students, parents, teachers and artists. It also informs the work of government and other agencies working in dance.

For more information phone 020 7 247 4030 or  e-mail: info@cdet.org.uk

Telford College

offers the following qualifications:

Higher in History of Dance
HND - Professional Stage
HND - Dance Artists
BA (Hons)

For more information on courses phone 0131 332 2491 or e-mail mail@ed-coll.ac.uk.

Scottish School of Contemporary Dance

offers the following qualifications:

Introduction to Contemporary Dance Performance
NQ - Contemporary Dance Performance
HNC - Contemporary Dance Performance
HND - Contemporary Dance Performance

For more information on courses phone 01382 834 834 or e-mail enquiry@dundeecoll.ac.uk.

Anniesland College

offers the following qualifications:

HND – Dance Artists

For more information on courses phone 0141 357 6058 or e-mail reception@anniesland.ac.uk.

Dance for All, Edinburgh (Jewel & Esk Valley College)

offers the following qualifications:


For more information on courses phone 0131 226 5533 or e-mail info@danceforall.co.uk.

Reid Kerr College

offers the following qualifications:
HND – Dance Artists in the Community

For more information on courses phone 0800 052 7343 or e-mail sservices@reidkerr.ac.uk.

Private teachers also offer a variety of private dance tuition – to find private dance teachers in your area, contact your local authority Arts Officer. Click here to find your Local Authority

Workindance.com offers information, resources and guidance free of charge for professional development and training opportunities. For further information visit their website or e-mail info@workindance.com.

Good luck and happy dancing!

Scottish Ballet dancers in Stephen Petronio's MiddleSexGorge; Photo: Mark Hamilton
STDT dancers at Generating Heat; Photo: Nigel Robertson
Akram Khan Dance Company, EIF 2004; Photo: Ayman Tanveer
Company Chordelia in Saturday Night Divas; Photo: Lynne Connor
Didier Theron at New Territories Festival 2004; Photo: Martin Brosch
Tabula Rasa company dancer Claire Pencak; Photo: Kenny Bean
Scottish Ballet dancers in The Four Temperaments;Photo:Catherine Ashmore
Citymoves Dance Space, Generations -poppied sleep; Photo: Margaret Stewart
Emio Greco and Opera North, EIF 2004; Photo: Douglas Robertson
Gareth Mitchelson performing at STDT's Celtic Spirit ; Photo: Kevin Low
Scottish Ballet in Ashley Page's The Nutcracker; Photo: Bill Cooper
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