March 1, 2019 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Open Source Arts
Aire Place Mills, Kirkstall Rd, Leeds LS3 1JL
Pro-Class: Dance Open Training with Tora Hed @ Open Source Arts | England | United Kingdom

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

About the facilitator:
Tora Hed is a dance artist originally from Sweden and currently based in Leeds. Her training includes Northern School of Contemporary Dance and Copenhagen Contemporary Dance School. She has worked as a performer and collaborator with artists such as Angus Mclean Balbernie, Joe Moran, Kasia Witek, Lilly Pohlmann and Dam Van Huynh. Toras practice explores physical and emotional states and generates new spaces for imagination. She is interested in the body as transformative to create new ways of understanding and being together.

Class description:
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 whilst dancing. The sessions will be open to artists from different fields that work with or focusing on the physical body in their practice.
You can join for the whole duration or drop in. It is encouraged to join all three classes, as there will be a continuous thread and it will allow us to go deeper in the research – but everyone wanting to drop in for a one-off will be warmly welcomed as well. There is no need to book, just turn up.
If you have any questions or you want to have a chat about the class before joining, you can contact Tora on tora.hed@hotmail.com

WEEK 2 (on the 1st March) will feature live drumming from Ozzy Moysey of Ancient Infinity Orchestra.

Ticketing: you pay £4 on the day or you can pay for a block of 3 classes for a reduced rate of £10 – pay by cash or card at OSA.

For context and a recap: 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 our Dance Open Training Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/783218738532877/permalink/1073441589510589/

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

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.



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 Dance Dance – such a calming space, a joy to dance with friends and new friends. Looking forward to the new year.

Fantastic that you bring the community together and offer space for us to speak our minds! Brilliant initiative & better people. I ♥ OSA.

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.

Lovely, open studio space. Nice break from clinical institutional study spaces. Good vibes! Community vibes.