Dance Research Studio was founded by Jacky Lansley in 2002. Situated in central London near the city, the studio provides a nurturing and focused environment a true laboratory for dance, theatre, music and combined arts research and development.

DRS emerged from and is part of the new and independent dance sector within the UK. DRS director and practitioner Jacky Lansley was a founder of the seminal independent studios X6 Dance Space and Chisenhale Dance Space in the 70s and 80s and the Dance Research Studio builds on and continues this legacy of innovation and research. Through its established professional development programme the studio provides an invaluable 'stepping stone' into a professional context for recent graduates and further training opportunities for more established practitioners.

Dance Research Studio offers a range of evening classes and weekend workshops including: Belly Dance, Authentic Movement, Yoga, and Interdisciplinary Performance Practice, delivered by internationally renowned teachers.


The Speaking Dancer is a unique and outstanding professional development programme that supports the artist as both performer and choreographic author. SDIPT offers students coming from a professional and or performing arts degree background the opportunity to rethink their relationship to their practice, and develop new processes and skills. The programme is structured in four modules over four weekends throughout the year.
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This professional development programme provides a unique research and training opportunity for performance; practitioners interested in cross art form processes and techniques. Through a rigorous interdisciplinary workshop programme - delivered by an outstanding faculty of practitioner/tutors - participants will be introduced to a range of performance disciplines and methodologies which will enable them to develop their practice and meet the challenges of a hybrid performance culture.

TIP 1 and TIP 2 are structured over 10 week terms based at the Dance Research Studio; they can be taken together or as stand alone courses.
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DRS hosts an Associate Artists Scheme whereby artists who have developed a relationship with the studio through training or regular studio hire can apply to join the scheme which offers free studio time, mentoring and a platform for sharing work in progress.
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“The Studio offers a relaxed and focused environment, and is ideal for creative development and research; a true laboratory for dance, theatre or music exploration”

Approximately 10m x 7m with one off-centre pillar. Sprung wood dance floor, Mirrors, Piano, Sound system and Video available, Flexible lighting, Central heating. Charges can be negotiable.
For all space hire and booking enquiries, please email with the dates and times you require and your telephone number.


23 Orsman Rd. London, N1 5RA
Tel / Fax: 020 7613 0341

How to get to Dance Research Studio
Nearest Tube : Old Street
Nearest London Overground: Haggerston
Buses: Old Street (243) Liverpool Street (149, 242), London Bridge (149), Dalston Junction (67, 149, 242, 243)
Orsman Road is off Kingsland Road by the Grand Union Canal Bridge.
There is limited parking in the area.

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