Continuing Professional Development Programmes

Dance Research Studio is continuously evolving its professional development programmes. Below is a compilation of ongoing and past continuing professional development (CPD) programmes.

Current Programmes


Image Credit: Jacky Lansley performing ‘Dance Object Revisited’ as part of ‘X6 Dance Space (1976-80): Liberation Notes’ at Cell Project Space, photographed by Rob Harris.


Image Credit: Sally E. Dean in ‘Something’s in the Living Room’, photographed by Kevin Ricks/Sara Popowa.

CPD Programmes

2020 – The Speaking Dancer

Free online workshop led by Jacky Lansley and Sally E. Dean

During the pandemic crisis we have all been severely challenged while struggling to maintain emotional and physical equilibrium within the new and strange reality.  For many it will have been a time of isolation and splitting from the warmth and energy of colleagues. The Speaking Dancer online workshop was an opportunity for artists to come together to create, play, learn and collaboratively explore the possibilities of online research, which draws on practices concerned with: the thinking body, vocal dance and visual language.

“I liked how unpretentious the entire workshop was, and without the feeling of needing to have prior knowledge but rather simply to bring whatever level of life and professional experience we each had to the virtual room…
A sense of discovery was in the air, however flat the online format…I (re-)learnt how necessary it is for my well-being to be a creative person, and how good to have that creativity challenged with care. In short, it was a resonant experience.” – Donald Hutera

The workshop offered students coming from a professional and or performing arts degree background the opportunity to rethink their relationship to their practice, within the supportive and innovative context of the Dance Research Studio online. The workshop introduced cross disciplinary training methods and stimuli which support the artist as both performer and author. Focus areas included:

  • Exploring the dynamics of perception. Developing awareness of one’s own physical and autobiographical patterns.
  • Emotional embodiment: investigation of senses and feelings in movement and vocalisation, both inside and outside the performance context.
  • Developing choreographic, visual and conceptual skills as both a performer and a maker.
  • Integrating site, costume and object towards performative experiences.

“The workshop was a great pleasure to be part of and connect with Jacky, Sally and Dance Research Studio in such a full and rich way: I really appreciated the welcoming and reciprocal relationship that was established from the get go.” – Helen Robertson

A short documentary film with extracts from The Speaking Dancer online workshop on August 29th 2020 led by Jacky Lansley and Sally E. Dean.


2017/18 – About Us Workshops

This is an ongoing series of professional development interdisciplinary workshops offered along side performances of ‘About Us’ reflecting key concerns of  the performance installation. The workshops are led by members of the company and take place at Dance Research Studio and different host sites. Participants are invited to explore a range of experiences that are personal and political and have the opportunity to create autobiographical performance material that will be shared. 

The workshops offer interdisciplinary dancers, actors, performance and visual artists coming from a professional or arts degree background the opportunity to rethink their relationship to their practice, while accessing new processes and methodologies.

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2016 – Crossing Paths Workshops

These three special CPD workshops offered a unique opportunity for a wider group of experienced practitioners to engage with the Crossing Paths research ideas and approaches.

In The Personal is Political, participants were invited to bring ideas/material/stories to explore through interdisciplinary performance. Outside and Inside allowed participants to explore a variety of embodied and artistic disciplines that used concepts of outside and inside – including work in different locations. In Women and Dance, participants explored ways to harness the multi-skilled, physical intelligence of female dance/performance practitioners to contradict the cultural oppression of women.  The workshops were lead by renowned interdisciplinary practitioners including: Jacky Lansley, Sylvia Hallet, Sally Dean, Esther Huss and other Associate Artists of DRS.

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2014/15 – The Interdisciplinary Performer (TIP)

This professional development programme provided a unique research and training opportunity for performance practitioners interested in cross art form processes and techniques. Through a series of rigorous interdisciplinary workshops, delivered by an outstanding faculty of practitioner/tutors, participants were introduced to a range of performance disciplines and methodologies that enabled them to develop their practice and meet the challenges of a hybrid performance culture.

Programme Director: Jacky Lansley (Artistic Director, Dance Research Studio)
Guest Tutors include: Anne Bean (Performance Artist/Sculptor), Frank Bock (Curator, Independent Dance), Sally Dean (Performance/Somatic Practitioner), Fergus Early (Green Candle Dance Company), Jamila Johnson-Small/Alexandrina Hemsley (Project O), Esther Huss (Dandelion Collective), Lily Susan Todd (Theatre Director/Writer), Sylvia Hallett (Composer/Musician), Ursula Early (Big Bear Theatre Company)

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