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Discover the Motionhouse Experience Days

Spend a day in the life of a Motionhouse dancer

17th December 2019

Last week, we had the pleasure to host two Experience Days, welcoming the RSA Academy Tipton and Stratford-Upon-Avon College SUAC Onstage for a day in the life of a Motionhouse dancer.

Experience Days are a brand new scheme launched by our Creative Learning Producer Amy Dalton-Hardy, which offers the unique opportunity for groups of secondary and high school students to get a behind-the-scenes insight into the Motionhouse company life.

The days started with an introduction to the history of the company and its past productions, with presentations from the Motionhouse staff to introduce students to the non-performance career paths available in the dance industries.

Students from RSA Academy Tipton and SUAC Onstage then took part in Company Class, learning alongside our dancers the exercises and phrases they teach one another to start the day. The Company Class was then followed by tailor-made workshops: RSA Academy created dance pieces under the theme of #WhoAreYou, while SUAC Onstage explored contact improvisation.

Both groups then headed for our beautiful rehearsal and creation space at Vitsœ to enjoy a freshly prepared lunch by Vitsœ’s onsite chef. Following lunch, both groups spent the afternoon watching exclusive Nobody rehearsals. They also got a chance to get all their burning questions on dance and company life directly answered by our dancers and our Artistic Director Kevin Finnan! SUAC Onstage were also set with a devising task they then had the opportunity to showcase to Kevin and the dancers!

To get a sense of what our Experience Days look like, take a look at the following video which take you through the day along with the students:

These Experience Days have also been Live Tweeted about through the day, giving our Twitter followers the opportunity to live out the day in the life of a Motionhouse dancers with our visiting students. You can check out the RSA Academy Tipton Twitter Thread here and the SUAC Onstage Twitter Thread here.

We had a great time welcoming the RSA Academy Tipton and SUAC Onstage students into our studio and our rehearsal space for the day, and we are certainly looking forward to the Experience Days coming in the new year!

Interested by the opportunity? You can find out more by visiting our Experience Days page, or by contacting our Learning Team on 01926 887052 or email [email protected].