About Dance North Scotland

The Company
Dance North Scotland is a small, innovative dance company based in Findhorn, North East Scotland. Our team includes:

kjlKarl Jay-Lewin
Creative Direction 
10393851_10152681786285911_5751616720330642330_nElizabeth Egan
Finance & HR 
Diane Smith
Helen Nasrat
Marketing & Fundraising
djlDeborah Jay-Lewin
Associate Producer






  • The Company
  • The Team
  • Location
  • Travel
  • Accommodation
  • Food
  • Access & Inclusion

The Company

DSC_0133Dance North (formerly Bodysurf Scotland) is at the vanguard of contemporary dance. We’re on a mission to promote and produce bold and imaginative events that offer people from across the globe to just down the road new opportunities to experience dance. With a strong track record and international profile, we are dedicated to bringing excellent, often challenging work, to rural northeast Scotland, drawing artists and choreographers from across the globe. Whether it’s introducing rural audiences to contemporary dance, promoting experimental dance practices or delivering dance and movement workshops to improve the wellbeing of communities, we see ourselves as leaders in our field.

We aim to:

i. Enhance public engagement with contemporary dance in Moray.
ii. Programme, promote and support the development of contemporary dance in Scotland.
iii. Ensuring the long term resilience sustainability of our work.

The Team

Karl Jay-Lewin, Creative Direction:
The Creative Director is the cornerstone of Bodysurf Scotland, leading the organisation in terms of its vision, artistic development and direction. With a background in contemporary dance and an instinctive ability for the development of new work and ways of working, the Creative Director is responsible for programme curation and the initiation of new partnerships and projects.
Contact the Karl on karl@bodysurfscotland.co.uk.

Liz Egan, Finance & HR:
The Finance Manager holds responsibility for the organisation’s finances, including day-to-day financial management and the financial strategy, ensuring the Creative Director’s vision can be achieved. Ensuring the organisation complies with current legislation, regulations and best practice procedures, they are also responsible for human resources, and policies/procedures.
Contact the Liz on liz@bodysurfscotland.co.uk.

Diane Smith, Projects:
The Operations and Projects Manager leads on the day-to-day management of the organisation. Identifying new areas of activity and initiating new income streams, the Operations and Projects management is responsible for project management, people management, business and strategic planning, income sourcing and the organising of events.
Contact Diane on diane@bodysurfscotland.co.uk.

Helen Nasrat, Marketing & Fundraising:
Providing a range of administrative and marketing support this post ensures the success and smooth running of Bodysurf Scotland’s activities. Working closely with all members of staff, the Administration and Marketing Officer is responsible for administrating projects, making grant applications, completing stakeholder reports, preparing organisation documents, creating marketing strategies and delivering marketing activities.
Contact Helen on helen@bodysurfscotland.co.uk.


uhacBodysurf Scotland is based in the The Park Eco Village in Findhorn (Moray, Scotland), known throughout the world as a major international centre for sustainable living. The community itself is situated on a 2 mile long peninsula amongst beautiful beaches and woodland.

The main venue for our performances, workshops and our office base is the Universal Hall. As well as an auditorium and dance studio, the Universal Hall has an organic cafe and hot tub. Click here to visit the Universal Hall website.

Find us at:
Bodysurf Scotland
Universal Hall
The Park, Findhorn
IV36 3TZ


boat_3857 Situated just off the A96 in northeast Scotland, Bodysurf Scotland is accessible by plane, train, boat, car, bus, bicycle and on foot!

By plane:
The nearest airports are Inverness (25 miles) and Aberdeen (75 miles), both of which welcome flights from the UK, Europe and beyond.

By train:
The nearest train station is just 5 miles from Findhorn in the nearby town of Forres. Trains run between Inverness and Aberdeen, connecting to the wider Scottish rail network. For tickets and train times visit Scot Rail.

By bus:
A limited bus service runs between Forres, Findhorn and Elgin – click here to see local bus times. A free service run by the Findhorn Foundation also operates between the Findhorn Foundation Ecovillage and Cluny College, Forres.

By car:
Follow the A96 east from Inverness and west from Aberdeen until you reach the Findhorn roundabout at Forres. Take the B9011 to Findhorn and follow the Moray Coast Trail until you reach signs to the Findhorn Foundation.
Coming from the south, take the A9 from Perth to Inverness before picking up the A96 and following the directions above (or shortcut via the A95 at Grantown-on-Spey)


Strawbale House Unless otherwise stated, our events are non-residential and the cost of accommodation is not included in the fee. We are, however, always happy to advise and help visitors choose something appropriate.

From B&B’s to hotels, self-catering accommodation and camping, you are sure to find accommodation to suit your needs. Accommodation can be found on-site at The Park (a few minutes walk from Bodysurf Scotland); the coastal village of Findhorn (a 15 minute walk along the bay) and the nearby historic town of Forres for which transport will be needed (approximately 4 miles away).

To receive an approved list of bed and breakfast providers, please email admin@bodysurfscotland.co.uk. Alternatively, please see the useful links below:

Findhorn Bay Holiday Park (caravans, camping and eco-cabins)
Forres Community Website (general local accommodation listings)


P1100927Phoenix Cafe
Located at the front of the Universal Hall, the Phoenix Cafe is an independent business serving vegetarian food, a range of cakes and pastries, light lunches, barista coffee, soft drinks and a good range of herbal teas. The cafe is open 10:00 – 16:00 Monday to Saturday and 12:00 – 16:00 on Sundays. More info

Phoenix Shop
Located at the entrance to The Park, the Phoenix Shop is a community whole food organic store open 10:00 – 18:00 Monday to Saturday and 12:00 – 17:00 on Sundays. More info

Bakehouse Cafe
Situated in Findhorn Village, the popular Bakehouse Cafe offers locally prepared, fair trade food and drinks throughout the day. Transforming into the Bakehouse Bistro on Friday and Saturday evenings, the Bakehouse is open 10:00 – 16:00 daily throughout the year. More info

Other local food providers
Also available in Findhorn Village is a Premier Stores corner shop, bakery, fish and chip shop, the Captain’s Table cafe, the Kimberley Inn, the Crown and Anchor Inn and the Royal Findhorn Yacht Club.

Access & Inclusion

Bodysurf Scotland welcomes everyone. If we can make your visit a little more enjoyable, please just let us know.

Disabled Access:
The Universal Hall has disabled parking for blue badge holders which are available on a first come, first served basis. Ramp entrances provide access to the auditorium and basement (leading to the Dance Studio), and disabled facilities are located on the ground floor.

Guide Dogs:
Guide dogs are welcome at all performances, workshops and general visits by arrangement. If you intend to bring a guide dog to a performance, please let us know in advance so that we can ensure you find a suitable seat.

Audio Induction Loop:
An audio induction loop is available by arrangement for those with a hearing impairment. If you require use of the induction loop, please let us know in advance.