Dancers Emerging Bursary Scheme 2024/5

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Deadline: Friday 28 June, 11:00

Dance Base are recruiting four emerging dance / movement artists to join the Dancers Emerging Bursary Scheme (DEBS) – a supportive programme of mentoring, guidance and practical support led by Dance Base and our 2024/25 mentor, dance artist Rob Heaslip!

The DEBS programme provides creative mentorship and practical support for emerging dance artists as they hone their practice and navigate their route forward into the professional dance sector. Running from September to June each year, the programme equips artists who have recently completed a period of training or education in dance, with the skills, knowledge and confidence to embark on the next stage of their artistic journey, while also providing a strong and supportive relationship with Dance Base, Scotland’s National Centre of Dance, as they continue to develop their practice and creative work.

Each year the DEBS programme welcomes an independent dance artist to join the programme as the DEBS mentor, enabling the members to benefit directly from their incredible experience and deep understanding of the dance sector.

This year we are welcoming Rob Heaslip to the role!

By becoming a DEBS member, you will receive the following from September 2024 to June 2025:

  • One to one mentoring from experienced dance artist Rob Heaslip (anticipated as 2 x 2 hour meetings each term = 6 meetings in total across the year)
  • Two week-long group residencies at Dance Base with Rob and the other DEBS members from 23-27 September 2024 & 5-9 May 2025
  • A residency fee of £650 per residency week – £1,300 in total
  • Travel expenses to attend in person activity at Dance Base
  • Free weekly professional classes at Dance Base
  • Free termly professional workshops at Dance Base
  • Free community classes at Dance Base subject to availability
  • Free studio space at Dance Base, subject to availability
  • Group conversation and exploration with the other DEBS members and Rob
  • Practical advice and guidance from the Dance Base Head of Professional Programme and the wider team on financial support, logistics and administration to support you now, and moving forward
  • An additional budget to cover any access provision as required (this could include, but not limited to, BSL interpretation, contributions towards childcare costs, accessible documents etc.)


  • Deadline: Friday 28 June 2024, 11:00
  • Interviews: Thursday 18 July 2024 between 10:00 – 17:00
  • Applicants informed: by Monday 22 July 2024
  • First Gathering: Friday 16 August 2024 during the Dance Base Fringe Festival
  • First Residency: 23-27 September 2024
  • Second Residency: 5-9 May 2025

To find out more, please download our application pack below and complete the Online Application Form form to apply.

If you are reading this and wondering if it is for you then please do read through the application pack! If you have any questions or need some assistance with your application our team are here to help, please just get in touch by emailing

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