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.

‘The Speaking Dancer’ Online Workshop

‘The Speaking Dancer’ online workshops offer 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. The workshops will introduce cross disciplinary training methods and stimuli which support the artist as both performer and author. Participants will be required to both direct and be directed within a framework guided by Jacky Lansley and other experienced professional practitioners.

‘The Speaking Dancer’ is a metaphor and a practice informed by artistic, social and psychological phenomena. Within the west, certainly in the UK, we tend to make a distinction between the voice and the body, or a fierce emphasis on virtuosity which denies expression. Many African, Asian and Eastern European performers find this distinction absurd; so would many performers from different eras in the West.

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 family and friends. The idea of ‘The Speaking Dancer’ online, suggests the opposite of separation and links to research and practice around the thinking body, vocal dance and body/ mind connectedness.  The workshops will be an opportunity to come together remotely as a group to create, play, learn and explore collaboratively. Focus areas will include:

  • 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 skills and strategies to support both the physical and emotional aspects of performance work.
  • Developing choreographic and visual skills as both a performer and a maker.
  • Inhabiting and working with image and visual languages in performance.

Images of previous ‘The Speaking Dancer’ workshops at Dance Research Studio and (top right) site specific research led by Jacky Lansley.

Saturday August 29th 2020
Saturday October 24th 2020
The workshops will run from 10:00 – 17:00 with breaks off zoom for at home R&D.

Where: via ZOOM

Cost: These workshops are free.

How to register: Please send a CV and short statement about why you are interested in participating to 

CPD Programmes

Past Programmes


DRS will be rescheduling this workshop and will open applications once a new date has been confirmed.  For further inquiries and expressions of interest please send an email to

Cost: £60 full/ £50 concession

We Are Animals Professional Development Workshop (Postponed)

There is a growing and urgent cultural and social momentum driving forward awareness about environmental sustainability and animal extinction. Dance Research Studio (DRS) in collaboration with Dance4/iC4C is curating a new programme of performance research, Artist Residencies, CPD workshops, discussion and writing for 2020, which will engage with this urgent momentum. The programme is called ‘We Are Animals’ and aims to make a valuable research contribution through remembering that we too are animals.

As part of this unique programme, DRS will be hosting a day long CPD workshop to explore the ecological crisis through interdisciplinary practice. Led by Jacky Lansley, with members of the ‘We Are Animals’ research team,  this workshop will offer participants an opportunity to rethink their relationship to their artistic practice and develop new artistic research skills and strategies. The workshop will draw on a wide range of cultural and ecological narratives, which celebrate the human animal as part of human subjectivity. These sources will provide a framework for creative research, which aims to achieve some understanding of human symbiosis and empathy with other animals. 

The workshop is open to dancers, actors and performance/live artists with a graduate or postgraduate qualification, and/or three years professional experience in one of the performing arts (can be combined with visual practice).


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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