“I was so impressed with the Motionhouse workshop. The dancers were absolutely outstanding! The students were appropriately challenged and the dancers were enthusiastic, approachable, professional and excellent role models... Thank you!"
Education & Outreach
Over the years we've developed an enviable reputation for delivering excellent education and participatory work.
We believe that there's a fundamental and intrinsic link between the creation of our performance work and the leading of participatory projects. The combination of these elements is essential to our overall programme.
We deliver a wide range of teaching and training projects to all ages and abilities; from FunDance and StreetDance sessions for children and mixed ability contemporary adult classes in our studio, to mainstream school-based teaching.
We also offer more challenging workshops and residencies for skilled dancers and teachers. Our teaching is accessible and inspiring and we build upon each person's capabilities, emphasising a sense of achievement for all.
We also offer a nationally recognised programme of dance education. Our 2005/06 production Perfect is a set piece on the GCSE Dance curriculum in England and Wales and we've developed a series of educational workshops and teaching resources entitled PerfectED to support the study of this piece.
Our 2007/08 show, Driven, also features on the A Level Performance Studies syllabus and we offer workshops to support students and teachers in their study of the work. As well as teaching motifs our dancers provide students and teachers with the knowledge and confidence to create and develop their own work for examination.
Our Artistic and Executive Directors, Kevin and Louise, also regularly deliver seminars, training programmes and act as mentors to enhance national and international programmes of dance education.
Our most recent participatory projects was Quest which saw 140 community performers work alongside Motionhouse dancers in The Voyage. The Voyage was a major outdoor spectacle performance to open the London 2012 Festival in the West Midlands in celebration of the 2012 Games. The Quest performers were made up of groups from across the West Midlands including: Birmingham Ormiston Academy (BOA), Solihull Youth Dance Company, Stratford College, Nova, Rugby Youth Dance Company, Coventry PAS Youth Dance Group, Playbox Theatre Group and an Adult Performance Group from Motionhouse.
You can also see examples of our previous creative participatory performance projects, created for and with young people and different communities by clicking on the list below:
Click here for Quest
Click here for Eve - DMU at Brooksby Melton College
Click here for Floored
Click here for Dancing Inside
||"Having Motionhouse as our resident performance company raised the bar of professionalism for our students. Not only were their skills stretched and challenged, but Kevin’s level of professional expectation gave them the opportunity to experience real industry demands. Kevin’s approach was extremely generous and genuine which enabled each individual student to make significant developments as both a choreographer and performer.”
Education Packs for Perfect, Driven and our most recent production, Scattered are also available online from our shop, which
you can link to here.