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The Scottish Arts Council actively supports many difference types of dance in Scotland. Browse through this list of past features and select one by clicking on the image or hyperlink to read more. Features include information on different dance styles and profiles of particular events, artists or companies.

To view current features - go to our Dance features section


'Red Shoes'; Photo: Company Chordelia

Company Chordelia

A profile on a flexibly funded organisation Company Chordelia

YDance DISI Tutor; Photo: Paul Watt

Scottish Youth Dance

All about Y Dance and the Dance in Schools Initiative

Nikki Milican

Nikki Milican

Nikki Milican is Artistic Director at New Moves International in Glasgow.

Indepen-dance Mahler performance at Tramway 2005; Photo: Brian Hartley


Glasgow-based dance company specialising in dance performance projects for adults with learning disabilities and their carers.

Ian Spink; Photo: Courtesy Ian Spink

Ian Spink

Artistic Director of Citymoves, Aberdeen

Morag Deyes; Photo: Courtesy of Morag Deyes

Morag Deyes

Artistic Director of Dance Base, Edinburgh

The Curve Foundation Dance Company in Duo; Photo: Scott Mitchell

The Curve Foundation Dance Company

The Brunton Theatre's resident dance company

Natasha Gilmore in Madame Bazie; Photo: Chantal Riekel

Natasha Gilmore

Dance Artist in Residence at Dance House

Dancers from Dunfermline at Princes Trust Birthday; Photo: Joyce Anderson

Joyce Anderson

Traditional Dance Artist in Fife

Dancer in Move-me booth; Photo: Katrina McPerson


This your chance dance to creat your own dance and show it to the world

Janet and dancer: Photo: Eveline Nicolette

Janice Parker - Creative Scotland Award recipient 2005

Her visions and aspirations 

David Hughes in shadow; Photo: Paul Liburd

David Hughes - a profile

Profiling David Hughes, one of Britain's most respected dancers touring Scotland with his new solo show

Dance style

Janis Claxton & Co Company Dancers; Photo: David Costa

Contemporary Dance

Enjoy the free flow and movement of contemporary dance

Breakdancer Nico Major; Photo: Nico Major


Not just a dance style, but a lifestyle with its own language, style of dress and music, a culture which is constantly evolving 

Dancer being tossed in air; Photo: Thomas Haenztschel

Contact improvisation

Where there are no 'moves' to learn, its more like a moving puzzle.

Dance Ihayami dancers Priya and Indira; Photo: Sandra Robson

Bharatanatyam- classical dance from South India

Chris and Justyna Hawkins professional ballroom dancers; Photo: David Robinson

Ballroom fever is sweeping the nation

Flyright Dance Company dancers performing; Photo: Bill Ward

Swing dancing - Jitterbug, Lindy Hop, Boogie Woogie and the Carolina Shag are all part of swing dancing which is currently enjoying a worldwide revival

Flamenco Dancer Tote Conte with musician; Photo: Jim Sutherland

Flamenco - Past, present and future

Dance known for its fiery footwork and with deep roots in Southern Spanish culture

Tango Dancers; Photo: Douglas Couts

Argentine Tango - a brief history

A dance that through history has moved from the streets of Buenos Aires to Hollywood glamour

Samba dancer in white costume; Photo: Jo Hook

Sizzling Samba

Hot rhythms, feathers, sequins and very fast shaking hip moves

African wedding dancers; Photo: Raquel Ribes Miro

African dancing  

African dancing is an expression of life and its complexities.


Lorna Gow scottish belly dancer; Photo: Matt Leven

Belly dancing

Belly dancing is regarded as one of the oldest dances in the world. We take a look at the history and background of this sensual dance style.

Salsa dancers in Edinburgh; Photo: Jo Hook

Salsa dancing

Salsa is one of the most popular dance styles in the world, with a thriving scene in Scotland. 

Hairst festival August 2003; Photo: STDT

Ceilidh dancing

A traditional Scottish dance style, led by a 'caller'.

Tap dancer

Tap dancing

Looking at tap dance, a dance style which was created from combining elements of African drumming with the techniques of European clog and step dancing.

Girl doing highland dancing: Photo Kevin Low

Highland dancing

Looking at Highland dancing and how you can get involved

Scottish Ballet in Balanchine's The Four Tempraments: Photo Catherine Ashmore


Taking a look at the different styles of ballet

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