Open Source Arts passionately supports the local independent dance scene. We provide spaces for research, development, and creation, as well as training and networking opportunities. Holistic practice and cross-collaboration is at the core of how we develop at Open Source Arts and we aim to provide depth, strength and balance to our developing programme. 

We coordinate a Pro-Class (Dance Open Training), where professional dance artists are invited to facilitate the sessions. These enable recent graduates and those relatively new to leading a session to experiment and develop their practice with their contemporaries. 

Our support in the development and support of dance artists in Leeds includes Research Residencies and Artist Development Schemes. Providing the opportunity to delve deeper into the creative practice, take risks, as well as the opportunity to collaborate with our diverse creative community.

The events at Open Source Arts reflect our values in building and bridging across art forms and disciplines, with regular events including music and dance artists in collaboration. 

Alongside the offerings for professional dancers and movers we offer regular and one-off classes and workshops for those new to dance, to try something new, develop and expand skills, and meet people.

We ask the community for feedback on the dance offerings at Open Source Arts, including via Dance Design Dinners and Brunches related to the Dance Open Training offering. We listen to your feedback 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 and movers who come here, but also find what will work to compliment the professional dance training offers already available in Leeds, and help strengthen the dance world across the region together.

We have hosted a variety of dance related sessions in different formats, and are continually evolving the process. Continue to let us know your thoughts and have your say in our developing programme!

Dance Studio Space Hire

We offer a bright, warm and airy studio space with an oak sprung dance floor on our premises in Kirkstall, Leeds. The venue can be hired for movement based practices, research and development, dance and theatre rehearsals or yoga practice. The wall on one side can either be movable corkboard or mirrors. We offer PA system, natural light, toilets, and cafe breakout space with tea/coffee facilities.
Dimensions: 14m x 7m. Capacity: 15-80

Get in touch if you would like to hire the dance studio.

Previous Dance Open Training Activities Include:

Shelly Ohene-Nyako – 1 week pro-class

Matias Kruger – 3 week pro-class

Elspeth Mckeever – 3 week pro-class

Alison Grace – 1 week pro-class

Jen Wren – 1 week pro-class

Rachel Dean – 3 week improvisation research group

Thomas Mckeon – 1 week pro-class

Katy Hewison – 1 week pro-class


Lauren Trim – 1 week pro-class

Sophie Hutchinson – 1 week pro-class

Imogen Reeve – 1 week Pro-Class

Marie Koehl – 1 week Pro-class

Daisy Howell – 1 week Pro-Class

Charlotte Arnold – 1 week Pro-Class

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

João Maio – 1 week Pro-Class

Dance Open Training 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 enjoy the close knit, friendly atmosphere/ community. Opportunity to experience dance/ learn different to my stereotypical style.

Great environment and space, I felt very comfortable and invited. Lovely lighting/roof windows!

Great space to share knowledge!

A place for “Shared practice” and “Communal training”.