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There is a beat in the Grassmarket.
Walk past the pubs packed with tourists and the busker singing Wonderwall on repeat and you can hear it. You will find it above the packed bar at the Black Bull, or alongside Granny’s Green Steps if you are making the climb up towards the Castle.
It will be a different beat depending on the day and time. Sometimes hip-hop, sometimes Bollywood, classical ballet or old-time dance hall.
This is Dance Base, Scotland’s National Centre for Dance, and one of the beating hearts of Edinburgh’s cultural life.
What happens here - and within other, grassroots organisations in the Capital - cuts to the core of the debate about public funding of the arts in Scotland.