Dance Research Studio is an independent research centre for innovative dance and performance founded by Jacky Lansley in 2002. Situated in Shoreditch in central London, the studio provides an accessible and nuturing laboratory for combined arts research and development.

DRS emerged from and is part of the new and independent dance sector within the UK. Artistic Director Jacky Lansley was a founder of the seminal independent studios X6 Dance Space and Chisenhale Dance Space and DRS builds on and continues this legacy of innovation and research. Lansley now balances her time between her own creative practice and supporting intergenerational artists and companies through mentoring, teaching and artistically directing DRS which is forging an identity as one of the leading independent contexts for dance research.

DRS offers a variety of CPD programmes supported and delivered by an outstanding faculty of practitioners/teachers, including:


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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The Artist Residency Programme (ARP) is a scheme designed for practising artists. Successful applicants are awarded between 40 and 80 hours free studio time for R&D and mentoring from experienced practitioners including: Jacky Lansley, Artistic Director, Dance Research Studio; Anna Furse, Professor, Theatre and Performance, Goldsmiths University; Fergus Early, Artistic Director, Green Candle Dance Company; Tony Thatcher, Leader MA Choreography, Trinity Laban and other associate artists based at DRS.

The programme enables a vital and healthy exchange of interdisciplinary ideas and skills across the academic and independent sectors and is supported by the rich backdrop of artistic research and training activities at DRS.
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Collaborative residencies at DRS grow out of existing professional relationships with practitioners who have been involved with previous research projects or CPD programmes at DRS. Most projects emerge from an artistís proposal to DRS; if the project goes forward DRS will offer appropriate support including: studio space, mentoring and some administrative/marketing support. DRS will also collaborate on funding bids to the Arts Council and other funding organisations. DRS is particularly interested to work with artists on interdisciplinary projects that are exploring personal and political themes.
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“DRS offers a relaxed and focused environment, and is ideal for creative development, research and a wide variety of workshops and classes”

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

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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