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Dancers

We are lucky to have an outstanding and loyal company of dancers, many of whom have been with us for several years. They are all astonishing performers and inspirational teachers.

Berta Contijoch

Originally from Barcelona, Spain, Berta studied contemporary dance at the Institut del Teatre, Conservatory of Dance (2010-2016), before performing as a member of the Postgraduate Company VERVE at Northern School of Contemporary Dance (2016-2017). She graduated with an MA in Contemporary Dance in 2017. Afterwards she joined Motionhouse as an artist in training for 6 months.

Berta has performed and toured with choreographers and companies including Southpaw Dance Company directed by Robby Graham, performing Carousel and Erimus; and the last site specific creation by the artistic director Hansel Cereza, choreographer of Cirque du Soleil’s “Love”.

As well as performing, Berta has been teaching and training other disciplines including Hand to Hand (circus discipline) among others.

Berta joined Motionhouse in February 2019. She has since performed in Charge, Gravity, Lost, Starchitects and WILD.

Junior Cunningham - Rehearsal Director

Junior has been Motionhouse’s Rehearsal Director since 2009. Originally from Birmingham, UK, he was encouraged to study contemporary dance by his sister when he was 17 years old.

He joined the Northern School of Contemporary Dance in 1999 and graduated in 2002 with a BPA (Hons) Degree in Contemporary Dance.

In Autumn 2002 Junior joined Motionhouse as an apprentice. He then joined the company full-time in January 2003 and has since performed in Broken, Captive, Cascade, Chaser, Dancing Inside, Dreams and Ruin, Driven, Fragile, Lost, Midwinter Magic, Perfect, Renaissance, Road to the Beach, Run!, Scattered, The Voyage, Tigress, Torque, Traction, Underground, Volatile, Watermusic and Waiting Game.

 

Chris Knight

Chris, originally from Hereford, began performing with 2Faced Dance. He completed the Foundation Course at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance, and graduated with a BA (Hons) degree from London Contemporary Dance School in 2012.

Prior to joining Motionhouse, he worked in the UK and abroad on productions for Protein Dance, 2Faced Dance, Hélène Blackburn, Company Decalage, Balletto Civile, Matthias Kass, Maura Morales, Shumpei Nemoto, Robin Dingemans and Sweetshop Revolution.

Chris joined Motionhouse in 2014 for their USA tour of Scattered. He has since performed in BLOCK, Captive, Charge, Lumen, Midwinter Magic, Starchitects, Underground, Watermusic and WILD.

Daniel Massarella

Daniel is from Ellesmere Port in Cheshire, UK. He started dancing aged 14 and joined Cheshire Youth Dance Company.

Daniel went to Middlesex University before transferring to the Northern School of Contemporary Dance. He graduated from NSCD in 2010 and was awarded their Annual Performance Prize. He then went on to become a member of Verve11, the Post Graduate performance company of NSCD and graduated in 2011 with a Distinction.

Prior to joining Motionhouse, Danny worked with Earthfall, touring with the company’s award winning show At Swim Two Boys.

Daniel joined Motionhouse in 2013 for the first American tour of Scattered. He has since performed in BLOCK, Broken, Captive, Cascade, Charge, Fragile, Knot, Lost, Lumen, Midwinter Magic, Tigress, Traction, Underground, Watermusic and WILD.

Beth Pattison

Beth joined Motionhouse in September 2017 as an apprentice through Northern School of Contemporary Dance, becoming a full company member in March 2018.

Following completion of the Dance City Centre for Advanced Training programme (2008-2014), Beth trained at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance (BA Hons Contemporary Dance, 2014-2017). Before joining Motionhouse, she undertook a residency at balletLORENT.

Her performance experience includes: movement-image – BA3 Commissioned Works, Bonnie Bird Theatre (2017); ACT|BALANCE – Collaboration with Tuli Litvak, Central Saint Martins (2017); Tracing Gestures: Stephanie Schober – BA3 Commissioned Works, Bonnie Bird Theatre (2016); everyBODY, Selfridges London – choreographed by Maxine Doyle and commissioned by Wayne McGregor (2016), and Rude Health Festival, Trinity College (2015).

Since joining Motionhouse, Beth has performed in BLOCK, Captive, Charge, Lost, Lumen, Midwinter Magic, Starchitects and WILD.

Shannon Kate Platt

Originally from Wigan, Shannon started dancing at the age of 6 years old. At the age of 14 she became part of the CAT scheme at the Lowry in Manchester, where she trained in Ballet and Contemporary.

Shannon started her full time dance training at Centre Pointe Vocational College achieving ISTD teaching qualifications and also gained a huge variety of performance experience. Shannon graduated from Centre Pointe in July 2016 and was awarded a place at Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance, some of her highlights included working with Mark Baldwin, Kim Brandstrup and Jason Mabana, whilst also performing Linear Remains choreographed by Rafael Bonachelor restaged by Paul Liburd.

Shannon joined Motionhouse in February 2019. She has since performed in Captive, Charge, Starchitects and WILD.

Joel Pradas

Originally from Spain, Joel studied contemporary dance at the Institut del Teatre, Conservatory of Dance, in Barcelona (2010-2016), before performing as a member of the Postgraduate Company VERVE at Northern School of Contemporary Dance (2016-2017). He graduated with an MA in Contemporary Dance in 2017.

His previous credits include Leviathon (Autumn Tour, 2017), various shows at the Edinburgh Festival and on tour with VERVE (2017), and Momentum (2015).

Joel joined Motionhouse in 2018, and has performed in BLOCK and Starchitects.

Aaron Watkinson
(Dancer and Education Lead)

Originally from Bloxwich, Aaron was first introduced to contemporary dance while studying at Walsall College. He joined ACE Youth Dance Company and performed at the Birmingham Hippodrome, Udance, Laban platforms as well as touring internationally with the company.

Aaron graduated from The Northern School of Contemporary Dance in July 2015 after completing a three-year degree. In August 2015 he began an apprenticeship with Motionhouse.

In September 2016 Aaron joined the company as leader of the community programme and as a dancer.

During his time with Motionhouse so far he has performed in Broken, Captive, Charge, Fragile, Knot, Lumen, Midwinter Magic, Starchitects and WILD.