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!

Alison Grace: 24th June

Alison Grace: 24th June

Dance Teacher

Alison will facilitate “An entry to the Organ, Skeletal and Sensual experiences of our body-mind to support, guide and accompany movement into Butoh improvisation. “

“Studying Clinical Psychology brought me back to the body, and Butoh dance, which has been named by founder Hijikata, ‘a revolt of the flesh’… I am now training in Body Mind Centering, combining anatomical experiences with images drawn from Butoh. I am interested in performance and healing. ” Alison Grace

(photo credit: Michael Iannetta)

Jen Wren: 21st June

Jen Wren: 21st June

Dance Teacher

You can expect a somatic start to a contemporary dance class with a twist (literally as we incorporate elements of spiral and rebound), use of flamenco arm movements in contemporary sequences .

Jen Wren is a multi-skilled international dance artist and creative director producing over 20 professional choreographies for stage and screen. (Slanjayvah Danza). Born in Scotland but with strong Spanish links, Jen references both cultures in her work; embedding traditional steps and music into contemporary productions and accenting these with emotion and a sense of adventure.

Thomas Mckeon: 14th June

Thomas Mckeon: 14th June

Dance Teacher

This session will be based on floor work. With a focus on animal patterns travelling across the space, there will be an inquiry into the varied possibilities of movement available to us with four limbs. This will broaden out and lead into sequences that look into weight distribution and momentum to get us to whizz and slide across the floor. There will be some conditioning work to support the practice and a gentle cool down at the end to ease the body.

Thom is a freelance dancer based in Leeds. He is currently artist in residence at OSA alongside working with That Ribeiro Company and touring with Vanessa Grasse. Stemming from travelling the Outer Hebrides, his practice focuses on studying the body as a landscape and the possibilities this has for movement.

Improvisation Research group: Wednesdays, June  13:30-15:30

Improvisation Research group: Wednesdays, June 13:30-15:30

Peer group

An opportunity for experienced improvisers (movers, musicians, other art forms..) with a keen professional interest in performing improvisation to come together to play, research and spark creative relationships. The focus is on creating a collaborative environment where all participants can explore their current interests and those which emerge.

You’re welcome to bring instruments with you. Drop in, or come to as many of the three sessions as you like. All experienced improvisers very welcome. This is a continuation of the previous three weeks as we were having such a good time! £2 otd.  Photo Credit: Josh Crocker

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:

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 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.