Dancing Inside

Dancing Inside was an 18 month ground breaking project delivered by Motionhouse at HMP Dovegate as part of Arts Council England's 'Dance Included' programme.

Between January 2003 and July 2004 under Kevin's leadership, our Motionhouse dancers worked closely with small groups of residents from HMP Dovegate's therapeutic community to develop physical skills, promote creative exploration and devise 2 performances for their peer community. One was performed outside in the exercise area and 1 was developed in response to, and performed in, their accommodation wings.

Over 8 residencies we used contact improvisation to teach the men skills and build their confidence in their own performance.

Dancing Inside was researched and evaluated by both Dance and Forensic Psychology departments at Surrey University. To see the first and final reports from Surrey University on the project click on the links below:

Click here for Dancing Inside | University of Surrey Stage 1 Report

Click here for Dancing Inside | University of Surrey Final Report

You can also read an article from one of our dancers and find out more about being involved in the project by clicking here

Conceived and Directed by
Kevin Finnan
Caroline Bridges, Nathaniel Conroy, Vanessa Cook, Junior Cunningham, Dave McKenna, Helen Parlor & Oliver Scott plus 29 participants from Dovegate

  "It makes me want to do it again and again and again... Maybe it will change my life in the future"

"It brought me out of
my shell"


"Mental release...
it takes you places!"


Motionhouse dancers worked with HMP Dovegate on an Arts Council England project, Dance Included for Dancing Inside