A Day to remember – with “The Centrepiece” bringing you inspirational and creative talent.

Saturday August 19 2023, 9:30 – 21:00 UK TIME

Bookings open book below

Become one with dance at the heart of Edinburgh!

The Centrepiece Sessions is coming to life and touring with a first-time electrifying in-person event at the International Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Led by Brant Bambery and a community of passionate dancers and world-renowned instructors, you’re in for an unforgettable experience. Local dance teachers from “Circle Dance for All” and “Central Scotland Circle Dance” will also be joining the amazing lineup, bringing their own unique styles and energy to the floor.

Discover the beauty of Armenian circle dances with Shakeh Major Tchilingirian, steeped in ancient folk and ritual traditions. Join in on a specially conceived “Circle of Life” dance ceremony and connect with the power and spirituality of movement.

Laura Shannon takes you on a journey through Greece and the Balkans, teaching gentle traditional circle dances accompanied by the mesmerizing sounds of Kostantis Kourmadias on the saz. Reconnect with your own joyful, vital energy and immerse yourself in the calm and meditative atmosphere of these dances.

Peter Vallance, a charismatic storyteller and Artistic Director of the Universal Hall in Findhorn community, shares his unique perspective on blending traditional and choreographed dances to create a ‘dancing field’ for transformation. As a tour leader of Scottish Sacred Sites, he brings his enthusiasm and humor to this incredible experience.

Don’t miss your chance to immerse yourself in a celebration of dance, culture, and community. Book your spot today for the Centrepiece Sessions and dance the day away with this amazing group of presenters.”

Saturday 19th August – 9am – 9:00pm

9:30 – 13:00 – £18 (3.30 hrs)
14:00 – 18:00 – £18 (4 hrs)
19:15 – 21:00 – £15 (1hr 45min)
(3 shows, Concessions available)


Brant Bambery, a Scottish Sacred/Circle and Traditional Dance teacher, is hosting a one-of-a-kind event at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2023. Brant, who is part of the Findhorn Sacred Dance team in the Highlands of Scotland, will bring his online project “The Centrepiece” to life. With a vibrant community of dancers and international presenters, this event will be a true celebration of dance.

Brant believes in the healing powers of dance and his principles of “Surrender to Dance.” With his humour and spiritual connection to dance, he’ll create an atmosphere that is both joyful and inclusive. The event will feature a mix of dances from The Centrepiece project and local dance groups “Circle Dance for All” and “Central Scotland Circle Dance”. Whether you’re a seasoned dancer or just looking to experience something new, this event is perfect for you. Book your spot now and be a part of this unforgettable celebration of dance, culture, and community!

Laura Shannon has been researching and teaching traditional Eastern European circle dances for 35 years, blending folk dance, Sacred Dance and dance/movement therapy. She focuses on the oldest and simplest dances, and teaches in more than twenty countries worldwide.

Kostantis Kourmadias is a master of the saz, the Byzantine long-necked lute, specialising in Greek music of the Aegean islands and Asia Minor, where his grandparents were born. He teaches Byzantine music at Pallini Music High School in Athens.

Laura Shannon will teach simple circle dances from Greece and the Balkans, sensitively accompanied by Kostantis Kourmadias. These gentle traditional dances create a calm and meditative atmosphere, helping dancers reconnect to their own joyful, vital life energy.

Peter Vallance will bring his unique approach to dance to the Centrepiece Sessions event. With many years of experience in dance, he will share his method of blending traditional and choreographed dances to create a “dancing field” for transformation.

Peter’s infectious energy and humor make him a beloved teacher and storyteller, and he has contributed to many other dance events. As Artistic Director of the Universal Hall and a tour leader of Scottish Sacred Sites, Peter’s passion for dance and connection to Scotland’s rich cultural heritage will add an extra layer of depth to this already exciting event. Come ready to be inspired and moved by Peter’s approach to dance.

Central Scotland Circle Dance is a vibrant and inclusive dance community, focused on promoting the joys of circle dancing. With events and classes held regularly in these areas, people of all ages and backgrounds are welcome to come and experience the benefits of this form of dance.

Circle Dancing For All encompasses Circle Dance classes held in various venues across the central belt of Scotland. The mission of the group is to further the development of Circle Dance in the community for people of all ages abilities and backgrounds through regular classes and dancing within the community. The group creates inclusive public events to raise the profile of circle dancing

Local Teachers :

Katie Jack and Kate Daly, local circle dance teachers in Edinburgh, Glasgow, and Galashiels. They bring dances from around the world that are joyful and require no experience. Come try something new, or just dance for the love of it!”

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