February 14, 2019 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Open Source Arts
£4 (cash OTD)

Following on from our Dance Design Dinner in December 2018, we have listened to your requests and are experimenting with different ways of using our space to support the creative community of dancers who come here. 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.


Taught by Sarah Maria Cook – This duo of classes Begins the development of our Dance Open Training programme to begin to offer complementary sessions for movers who work with or perform with their body – particularly dancers who have some form of professional training and bodily awareness.

Sarah is a Dancer and Pilates instructor.

After 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.


You can turn up on the day and pay £4 or you can use your 3 class pass which gives you three classes for £10.

The sessions will be held at Open Source Arts on Thursday 14th Feb 3pm and Thursday 21st Feb 3pm.

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In December we ran our first Dance Design Brunch & Dinner. We listened to lots of dancers in Leeds and you can see that feedback on the Dance Open Training Facebook Group.

We listened to your feedback and are embarking on a process of experimenting to find what might really work to complement the professional dance training offer already available in Leeds. We have hosted a variety of sessions in different formats, and are continually evolving the process. the next listening exercise is on 19th April, directly after João’s class.

See the full programme of events and complementary activities on our website www.opensourcearts.co.uk/dance