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!

Announcing our Dance Research Residency!
Here at Open Source Arts, we want to provide a space for research and contemporary creation that is also easily accessible and affordable. Dancers can work on developing their practice while receiving guidance from the OSA team, creating training and networking opportunities to develop the potential for multidisciplinary collaboration. To find out more, click the apply button at the bottom of this page.

Inari Hulkkonen - 3 week Pro-Lab: 25th Jan, 1st Feb, 8th Feb

Inari Hulkkonen - 3 week Pro-Lab: 25th Jan, 1st Feb, 8th Feb

Dance Teacher

Inari is a dancer and performer originally from Finland and currently based in Leeds. Her training includes a degree in contemporary dance from NSCD and the completion of SMASH – a 3-month intensive training in experimental physical performance in Berlin.

She has worked as a performer and collaborator with dance artists Vanessa Grasse, Kuan-Yu Chen and Lewys Holt. Her creative practice is concerned with connections and thresholds between imagination and embodiment, dreams and reality, and words and movement.

Sarah Maria Cook: 2 Weeks Pilates for Dancers: 14th and 21st Feb

Sarah Maria Cook: 2 Weeks Pilates for Dancers: 14th and 21st Feb

Dancer & Pilates Teacher

Graduating from Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Sarah qualified as a Pilates instructor Summer 2013.

She teaches Pilates as a classical technique for injury prevention and postural strengthening for dancers and athletes, as well as using its principles for supporting people living with chronic pain.

These sessions for professional dancers will focus on the fundamentals of Pilates, working with the functionality of the skeleton, and the muscles of the core, moving through a mix of classic moves, inventive variations, breath and relaxation.

Paul Guenot: 1 Week Pro-Class 15th Feb

Paul Guenot: 1 Week Pro-Class 15th Feb

Dancer, Teacher

Paul Guenot from Stroud is a graduate of the NSCD (2013-16). Following graduation he joined the postgraduate performance company of the school ‘Verve’ (2016/17) creating and touring new works by Leila Mcmillan, Carlos Pons Guerra and James Cousins. He is currently working on a production ‘Parche y Boro’ directed by Valentina Azzati and is teaching improvisation classes to adults, children and professionals.

He has attended numerous international intensive workshops of passing through led by Zambrano for professional dancers;
One month Passing through only (Sicily, 2017), and  ‘EXIN’, one month intensive of flying low and passing through (Greece, 2018).

Tora Hed: 3 Week Pro-Lab. 22nd Feb, 1st Mar, 8th Mar

Tora Hed: 3 Week Pro-Lab. 22nd Feb, 1st Mar, 8th Mar

Dancer, Teacher

The sessions will be focused on her ongoing creative research connected to her solo work Deep Sea. We will work with the imaginative places, emotions as narrative, time as something expanding. The sessions will be open to artists from different fields that work with or focusing on the physical body in their practice.

Week 2 will feature live drumming from Ozzy Moysey of Ancient Infinity Orchestra to go alongside the session.

Rachel and Daliah: 1 Week Pro-Class. 15th March

Rachel and Daliah: 1 Week Pro-Class. 15th March

Dance Teacher

Mathilde (Rachel Dean, Daliah Toure, Marie Andersen, Seth Bennett and Oliver Dover) were a collective of five improvisers who integrated movement and sound, creating spontaneously composed performance which was intricate, human and communicative.

This session offers the opportunity for movers and musicians to try out some of the scores and working methods developed by the collective over the years they worked together and perhaps make connections for future development of improvised performance in Leeds.

Anna Cabre-Verdiell Bosch: 3 Week Pro-Lab. 22nd Mar, 29th Mar, 5th April

Anna Cabre-Verdiell Bosch: 3 Week Pro-Lab. 22nd Mar, 29th Mar, 5th April

Dancer, Teacher

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.

Dance Design Brunch:

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.

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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.