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Announcing Danns-Ed technique class schedule for Semester 1

2018/2019...see you in class!


Contemporary: Mondays from 10:00 am-11:30 am starting the 24th of September in the Orchil Studio in the Pleasance

Ballet with Mark Pace: Thursdays from 10:00-11:30am starting the 27th of  September 2018 in the Highland Studio in the Pleasance


*****See below for teacher bios and class info*****

Intermediate/Advanced Contemporary with Tess Letham  




https://vimeo.com/168216472  (Flying Low and Passing Through methods taught by Tess Letham)

Show reel:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yaxtj0tZF0k

Tess is an independent artist based in Edinburgh. She has worked professionally for the last 6 years as a performer for a variety of choreographers and companies, as well as continually developing her own choreographic practice through a number of artistic residencies, commissions and collaborations. 


Her practice is rooted in improvisation and physical theatre, working with the ambition of seeking authentic presence through performance and using the experiences that she has encountered in her own life to draw upon creatively.


Spending the last five years studying the methods of Flying Low and Passing Through, created by David Zambrano, which has become the main focus of her current teaching practise, an ambassador of sharing this work across Scotland and further afield. This has also become a vital part of her individual movement practice and philosophical understanding of what dance represents in the wider context of community and culture.


She has been privileged to have worked with a variety of inspirational choreographers, teachers and artists throughout her emerging career, who have all influenced the pathway she has taken to reach her current ambitions.


Her inaugural work is a self choreographed solo titled ‘How to Survive the Future’, supported by Dance Base, Room 2 Manoeuvre/The Brunton and premiered as a work in progress at Hidden Door Festival in June 2017. After further development, the piece enjoyed successful performances at Brighton Spiegeltent as part of the Brighton Fringe 2018. The show was selected for a run of performances at Dance Base’s Festival during the Edinburgh Fringe 2018.

Intermediate/Advanced Ballet with Mark Pace


Ballet : Thursdays from 10:00-11:30am, starting the 27th of September, 2018 in the Orchil Studio  in the Pleasance

A professional dancer and dance academic, currently a Teaching Fellow at the University of Edinburgh (UoE) where he tutors on the MSc in Dance Science and Education programme. Mark has over thirty years of dancing, teaching and guesting experience in various international ballet companies, school settings and has spoken in various conferences.
Originally, from Australia, at the age of 16 joined the Australian Ballet School when after one year was accepted into the Australian Ballet (AB) where later was awarded a grant to study at the Paris Opera Ballet School. At the age of 21 was nominated to soloist performing many roles in the classical and neoclassical repertoire of the company. Subsequently, later joined the Ballet Béjart Lausanne, the Bayerishes Staatsballet, Munich, as a soloist, finally perfoming with the Ballet de l’Opéra National du Rhin, France until 2008.
Other dance projects include international guesting, coaching, creating and assisting choreographers with ballet companies such as the Paris Opera, Shanghai Ballet, Central Ballet of China, National Ballet of Vietnam, among others.
As a pedagogue, Mark’s work includes safe dance practices with a special focus on alignment, coordination and the flow of the movement through the breath.
He is presently in his first year as a PhD student with the UoE and holds a Masters in Dance Science and Education with Distinction (UoE), a BA (Hons) in Dance Education (Royal Academy of Dance), the State Dance Diploma (DE) and Certificate of Aptitude (CA) from France and a Diploma for Dance Teaching and Management (ATOD).


Class Prices and Membership

  • Drop in Class prices: £5 for society members and for non-members.
  • Society membership is £5 for currently matriculated students and for non-students and can be purchased through the EUSA website. Danns-Ed Standard Membership will allow you to purchase a package of 5 classes for £20 or 10 classes for £40. Classe Cards can be purchased from the teacher.
  • Membership will enable you to join Danns-Ed dance company, varoius workshops, discussions and special events during the year.

Class capacity is set 20 students maximum per class. Please pay the instructor directly before the class. For the moment we can only accept cash payments (exact change is highly appreciated), but we will be able to accept card payments in the near future.***



Kevin Briggs
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Kiley Baker
Estefania Pineiros Pineiros Carrera
Mark Pace
Vice President
Dru Stine