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Dance Projects archive

The Scottish Arts Council is proud to support the many exciting dance projects and activities on the go throughout Scotland.  Browse through this list of past featured projects and select one by clicking on the image or hyperlink to read more. Projects include articles on particular events, activities, people and organisations.

To view current featured projects - go to our projects section.

'Ride the Beast' - Scottish Ballet; Photo: Andrew Ross

Citymoves DanceLive! 2008

Aberdeen's Festival of Contemporary Dance

Falling Light; Photo: Janis Claxton

Janis Claxton's Autumn Tour

Emotionally compelling and musically defined dance

Dance Ihayami 

Dance Ireland - Scottish/Irish Dance Exchange

Scottish performances at the Dublin Fringe

Beatbox Bingo; Photo: Dance Base

Dance Base Presents...Fringe Performances 2008

Performances at Dance Base during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival

plan B; Photo: John Baikie 

Parallel | Parallels by plan B

Performances and Events for Summer 2008

Scottish Ballet in rehearsal for 'Romeo & Juliet'; Photo: Andy Ross

Scottish Ballet's production of Romeo and Juliet.

Performing in Scotland in May/June 2008

NDT2 in 'Sleight of Hand'; Photo: Joris-Jan Bos

Nederlands Dans Theater 2

Featured in June 2008

The Making of Doubt; Photo: Colette Sadler

The Making of Doubt

Stammer Productions

The Four Seasons; Photo: The Curve Foundation

The Four Seasons

By The Curve Foundation Dance Company

Alan Greig Artistic Director of X factor dance in rehearsal, Photo Paul Watt

X Factor Dance: Other Voices, Other Rooms

Other Voices, Other Rooms is X Factor Dance Company's first site-specific work since 1992 and will premiere in spring 2008.

Scottish Dance Theatre; Photo: Chris Nash

Scottish Dance Theatre Spring Tour 2008

Touring throughout the UK and Ireland from 21 February until 21 May

Tenderhook by Liv Lorent. Scottish Dance Theatre;  Photo: Ravi Deepres

British Dance Edition 2008

Biennial dance showcase which took place in Liverpool, European Capital of Culture 2008

Hylsnan; Photo: Claire Pencak

Citymoves Dance Live!

Featuring performances by eight exceptional companies during October 2007

Allan Irvine, Artistic Director of Freshmess; Photo: Julie Howden

Freshmess Autumn Tour 2007

Touring throughout Scotland until 18 November

Breakdancer Nico Major doing various moves; Photo: Nico Major

Opensource (videodance) 2007

Symposium held in Findhorn from 20 - 24 November 2007

Sophie Martin as Aurora; Photo: Holly Warburton

The Sleeping Beauty

Scottish Ballet's festive production for 2007

DANCE:FILM 07 - Dirty Dancing; Photo: Julie Howden


Scotland's inaugural dance film festival, which took place from 29 October to 4 November 2007


Red Shoes (old lady 1); Photo: Eamonn McGoldrick

Red Shoes

Dynamic dance-theatre piece, performed by Kally Lloyd-Jones and choreographed by Michael Popper.

Project Y 2006; Photo: Anthony Brannon

YDance - Project Y

Scotland's National Youth Dance Company - back with an imaginative and innovative programme for 2007.

Legs; Photo: Angeline Ferguson

Code Butterfly

Curious Seed presents Code Butterfly - the first dance production in the history of the Leith Festival.

Bonachela - Freeze Frame; Photo: David Hughes

David Hughes Dance Company's Spring Tour

More about the tour and residency at The Byre Theatre, St Andrews

Breakdancer Nico Major; Photo: Nico Major

Breakin' Convention

The UK's first ever hip hop dance festival

Young girl dancing; Photo: YDance

YDance Mentoring Scheme

A groundbreaking new training initiative.

Krzysztof Pastor's In Light and Shadow; Photo: Merlin Hendy

Scottish Ballet Spring Tour 2007

Find out more about Scottish Ballet's Spring Tour, which began in Glasgow on 11 April.

Angels of Incidence; Photo: Kenny Bean

Scottish Dance Theatre - Angels of Incidence

An extraordinary work featuring able-bodied and disabled dancers.

Janice and dancers NMS residency 03/04; Photo: Eveline Nicolette

Take a look at what is actually there

New publication by Janice Parker, produced as a result of her Creative Scotland award.

Scottish Ballet dancers in Loosmore's 'Chasing Ghosts'; Photo: Andrew Ross

Peter Darrell Choreographic Awards 2007

Find out more about recipients of the fourth Peter Darrell Choreographic Awards.

Dance in the City logo; Photo: Courtesy of GGA

Dance in the City

Glasgow's new website dedicated to all things dance related.

Winter Room; Photo: Fin Macrae

The Winter Room by Tabula Rasa Company

A dance theatre performance - 'Strikingly poetic' - The Herald

Eric Cavallari and Claire Robertson in Cinderella; Photo: Bill Cooper


Scottish Ballet's glamorous production - a real festive treat.

Olga the Brolga; Photo: Rod Clement

Olga the Brolga

An exotic Christmas tale from down under presented by Ydance and North Edinburgh Arts.

Dance student in a Hip Hop class; Photo: Steph Wright

Stocking Fillers and Super Sparklers

Be inspired by Dance Base community dancers - with everything from Swinging Jazz to Furious Flamenco.

Two SDT dancers performing in Zulu: Photo: Chris Nash

Scottish Dance Theatre Autumn Tour 2006 -

Out of Africa (and the Hebrides)

Anna Krzystek in Test; Photo: Tim Nunn


A unique short season of dance performances in Aberdeen

Girls doing Street Dance; Photo; courtesy Dance House 'New Look' @ Dance House

Check out what's happening at Dance House, Glasgow with it's brand new look and the launch of it's new programme

Eva and Eric in Diana Loosmore's Sircco; Photo: Andrew Ross

Scottish Ballet's Autum Tour 2006

This Autumn Scottish Ballet will be bringing dance to audience from the Highland to the Borders

Paul and Sven in Droopy met Hal; Photo: Clea Wallis


Droopy met Hal - innovative physical theatre/film

On the Run dancers feet; Photo: courtsey Lynn Evans

On the Run Dance Productions

Profiling a new young and talented Scottish dance company

Break Dancer at the Stand; Photo: curtsey Eiona Craig

The Stand

Profile of a new dance studio which has come on stream in West Dunbartonshire

Poster Image Freshmess 2006; Photo: The 16K Design Works

Freshmess - We are 10

Celebrating 10 year anniversary with new commissions  

Curve Foundation company dancer; Photo: Michael Scott

Curve Foundation Dance Company
Spring 2006 Programme including the premiere of Beyond Prejudice by Jonathan Watkins - rising star with the Royal Ballet.

Pupils in salsa class; Photo: Susan Elena

Dance Development Officer - Sarah Stuart

An insight into the role of a Dance Development

Hoops Hats and Acrobats star of hats; Photo: Douglas McBride

International Dance Day 2006

Celebrate International Dance Day!

SDT company dancers; Photo: Tilo Stengel

Scottish Dance Theatre Spring Tour 2006

Includes world premier of new work by Jan de Schynkel and a showcase of work by company dancers

SB dancers Sophie Martin and Erik Cavallari; Photo: Will Davidson

Scottish Ballet Spring Season 2006

Includes a landmark return to the London Stage after six year's of absence

Bubu & Yoshiko Shimada; Photo: Bubu & Yoshiko Shimada

New Territories 2006

New home, same outstanding talent!

X Factor company dancers Colin and Aneta; Photo: Paul Watt

Smoke & After Hours - X Factor Dance Company Spring 06 Tour
Featuring new work by Artistic Director Alan Greig and guest choreographer Colin Poole

Tara Hodgso in Sweet Monster; Photo: Brian Hartley

BDE 2006
UK's biggest International Dance Showcasing event, which this year includes representation from four Scottish Companies and artists.

Cocoon Merav Israel and dancer; Photo: Merav Israel

Transit Station Edinburgh
40 international artists gather together in this multi-artform exhibition event

Indepen-dance company dancers; Photo: indepen-dance archive

Four Last Songs

An innovative collaboration merging dance and opera

SB dancers Dianna and Jeriko; Photo: Bill Cooper

Dance in Aberdeen

Looking at dance activities in the Aberdeen area.

SDT company dancer Gemma Nixon; Photo:Rodrigo Cesar

SDT Autumn Tour 2005

The award-winning dance company is back with a a new repertoire of dynamic, diverse and utterly original dance theatre.

Dancer in Ashley Page's Acrid Arvid Jam; Photo: Catherine Ashmore

Dance Base Festival 2005 Programme

A goody bag jam packed with exiting treats

Feet step dancing; Photo: John Sikorwski

Dannsa Summer Tour 2005

A treat for traditional dance fans

DanceDaze community dancer; Photo: Jeni McRae


Moray Council Youth Dance Leader in the Community Training Course

Indenpen-dance company dancer; Photo: Brian Hartley


Scottish integrated dance company performing at Special Olympics 2005f

Company Dancers in star formation; Photo: Douglas McBride

Hoops, Hats and Acrobats

A new commission of fun dance theatre for young children

Company Chordelia dancers; Photo: Lynne Cooper

Cinderella Pilot Error - by Company Chordelia

Dance which is sassy and fun

SDT company dancers Baptiste and Philippa; Photo: Tilo Stengel

Scottish Dance Theatre's sizzling Spring Tour 2005

This season's daring new works unleashed.

 Scottish Ballet in Ashley Page's 32 Cryptograms; Photo: Finlay MacKay

Scottish Ballet Spring Tour 2005

Scottish Ballet returns with this season's thrilling dance Programme.

 Dancers from West Lothian

Dance Artists 
Dance artist for Inverness, Louise Marshall gives an insight into the role of the dance artist.

 Curve Foundation company dancer; Photo: Paul Watt

Curve Foundation Dance Company 

The first Scottish company to perform work by Merce Cunningham

Catherine Diverres' dance company; Photo: Catherine Diverres

new territories 2005 

Scotland's international festival of live arts

X Factor company dancer Stuart; Photo: Paul Watt

X Factor Dance Company

Lareigne / Uncanny

Clip from 'Truth'; Photo: Katrina McPherson and Simon Fildes


Web based video dance conceot where the user gets to influence the nature of the dance.

Scottish Ballet in Ashley Page's 32 Cryptograms; Photo: Finlay MacKay

International Dance Day 2005

The International Dance Committee of the International Theatre Institute, UNESCO, created International Dance Day to be celebrated every year on 29 April.

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

Scottish Ballet

A profile by Artistic Director Ashley Page.

Young girl dancing; Photo: YDance

YDance (Scottish Youth Dance)

Encouraging children and young people to get involved in dance.

Scottish Ballet dancer in Ashely Page's Nutcracker; Photo: Bill Cooper

Scottish Ballet's The Nutcracker

After phenomenal success in 2003, Scottish Ballet returned with Artistic Director Ashley Page's critically acclaimed version of The Nutcracker in 2004.

Dancers at Dance Base; Photo: Dance Base

Dance Base Christmas show 2004

Glittering Christmas dance extravaganza.

Freshmess company dancers Matt and All; Photo: Nico Major Freshmess - a fusion of styles

Innovative dance company combining contemporary and hip-hop styles. 

Citymoves Elevate Youth Dance Company 2003/04; Photo: Mike Davidson Citymoves Elevate - a profile

Young dancers creating vibrant dance performances for young audiences. 

Dance Ihayami working with Royal Blind School; Photo: Jill Frasser

Dance Ihayami - a profile

Cross-cultural professional dance company rooted in classical and modern south Indian dance.

Scottish Dance Theatre dancer Anthony Missen; Photo: Chris Nash

Scottish Dance Theatre's new studio at Dundee Rep Theatre

Exciting high-tech dance space creates new opportunities for dancers.

Edinburgh International Festival 2003 TUTI scheme; Photo: Douglas Robertson

Edinburgh International Festival 2003 Turn up and Try it (TUTI) scheme

To encourage people to be spontaneous and visit a variety of events and performances. 


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 Dancebase festival 2004

This summer's event is bursting at the seams with dance classes, workshops and performances for all.

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