Open Source Arts passionately supports the local independent dance scene. Holistic practice is at the core of how we want to develop Open Source Arts and it feels great to be able to experiment with some sessions of complementary practice for movers specifically to begin to give depth, strength and balance to our developing programme.

Following on from our Dance Design Dinner in December 2018, we have listened to your requests and are embarking on a process of experimenting with different ways of using our space. Not only are we looking to support the creative community of dancers who come here, but also find what will work to compliment the professional dance training offers already available in Leeds.

We have hosted a variety of dance related sessions in different formats, and are continually evolving the process. Listening to your feedback, we have introduced a slightly different structure of the dance classes and brand new complementary sessions, including Pilates and Dietetics. Info for these classes can be found in the programme below. Join us in summer 2019 for the next dance design dinner and have your say on our developing programme!

João Maio: 1 Week Pro-Class. 19th Apr

João Maio: 1 Week Pro-Class. 19th Apr

Dance Teacher

Born in Portugal, João trained at Balleteatro Professional School, Porto, Portugal before enrolling onto the BA Contemporary Dance at NSCD. João graduated with a First Class Honours Degree in 2015, and his MA Dance & Creative Enterprise in 2018.

Whilst training at NSCD, João was invited to work with Carlos Pons Guerra’s DeNada Dance Theatre, playing the soloist role of the Virgin Mary in ‘O Maria’. After graduating, he worked with Rosie Kay Dance Company in several projects, including the UK Tour of ‘MK Ultra’ in 2017.

Charlotte Arnold: 26th April

Charlotte Arnold: 26th April

Dance Teacher

Charlotte is currently freelancing in Leeds. Previously she trained at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance graduating with both a Bachelors and Masters degree in Contemporary Dance. After graduating she joined Black Box Dance Company performing and touring internationally works by Marie Brolin-Tani, Tim Rushton and Tina Tapgaard, amongst others.

Charlotte’s class integrates her own research into the seven fundamentals of movement (squat, lunge, push, pull, twist, hinge and locomotion) with everyday training. Using the premise of stripping movement right back, we can hope to find something more efficient and easy when moving. Working through individual explorations and sequences formed from the movement fundamentals we will find a place where our complex and multi-oriented bodies can dance with ease!

Lauren Trim: 31st May

Lauren Trim: 31st May

Dance Teacher

This session will give space for us to move with pleasure and passion by focusing on our physical human connection through movement. Join me as I guide us through our connection to each other, to ourselves and to the world through your own desires, using both improvisation and group sequences.

Lauren is a graduate of NSCD and is currently completing her MA Choreography at Leeds Beckett. She is a freelance dance artist focusing on improvisation, somatic practices and work in the expanded field.

Daisy Howell: 3rd May

Daisy Howell: 3rd May

Dance Teacher

This particular session will be a taster of Daisy’s new set of workshops ‘move, groove and be’. This specific class blurs between a technical dance session and invitations of escapism, providing wild and free improvisational challenges into the space.

The aim is to push the Dancer’s physical and researched boundaries, to then explode into bold, raw and fresh personal territories. Mixing the use of Cunningham, Release and Brink’s unique movement language, this class aims to make people move, groove and challenge themselves within an open and driven work space.

Dance Design Brunch:

This session is the conclusion of our months of research into what formats work for dancers in Leeds and you are invited to join our next Dance Design Brunch, so we can review and learn before planing our season.

More details to follow.

Past activities:

Inari Hulkkonen – 3 Week Pro-Lab

Sarah Maria Cook – 2 Week Pilates for Dancers

Paul Guenot – 1 Week Pro-Class

Tora Hed – 3 Week Pro-Lab

Sophie Hutchinson: 2 Week Yoga for Dancers

Rachel and Daliah: 1 Week Pro-Class

Anna Cabre-Verdiell Bosch – 3 Week Pro-Lab

Dance Open Training 2018 Feedback

Dance Open Training has been an essential space for experimentation, gaining experience in teaching, finding support in the local dance community and learning from each other.

Dance Open Training has created a stronger sense of community between dance artists in Leeds. I’ve felt supported in my own practice and thoroughly enjoyed experiencing other artists sessions – learning and developing in a natural and easy way in a relaxed space has been really wonderful!

I’m new to the organisation but I enjoyed the close knit, friendly atmosphere/ community. Opportunity to experience dance again after several months/ learn different to my stereotypical style.