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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, Lost, Gravity 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.

 

Charlotte Hannah

Charlotte started training at a young age in gymnastics before delving into contemporary dance. She first performed at Sadlers Wells and The Royal Festival Hall as part of U. DANCE and Youth Dance England. Charlotte continued training at The University of Chichester where she gained a BA (Hons) in Dance and also took part in an exchange to York University, Canada.

She was a member of 3Fall Dance Company 2015, touring theatres nationally with works by Detta Howe, Stuart Waters and Ceyda Tanc. In 2016 she joined Dillon Dance and performed at Resolution Dance Festival, London. As a member of JV2 in 2018, Charlotte worked on developing her technique alongside building theatrical skills.

In-between projects Charlotte has choreographed and performed in music videos and has interests in community dance, acrobatics and travelling.

Charlotte joined Motionhouse in February 2019. She has since performed in Captive, BLOCK and Charge.

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, Underground, Midwinter Magic, Watermusic and WILD.

Rosie Macari

Rosie Macari is originally from Newcastle, where she studied on the CAT programme at Dance City. She continued her studies at Laban Conservatoire, where she worked with choreographers such as Richard Alston, Charles Linehan and Gary Lambert. Rosie finished her degree with a First Class Hons in 2014.

Since completing her degree, Rosie has performed and toured with various choreographers and companies including Southpaw Dance Company, Lo-Guidice Dance, Neville Campbell, Jennifer Essex Dance, State Of Grace and Kristin Kelly Abbott Dance.

As well as performing, Rosie has been teaching on the CAT programme in Newcastle and the Dance City Youth Company, whilst working on various outreach programmes taking dance to schools in rural areas.

Rosie joined Motionhouse in March 2018 to perform in BLOCK, and has also performed in Captive and Charge.

Bryn Aled

Originally from North Wales, Bryn began performing with his local theatre group TiC at the age of 3, and in later years worked with the National Youth Dance Wales.

Bryn went onto train at Manchester Metropolitan University, graduating with a 1st Class BA (Hons) Dance, receiving the Ade and Ravenscroft Award and the Manchester Metropolitan Award for Excellence. He then completed a Masters Degree in Dance Performance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire, touring internationally with Transitions Dance Company, receiving a Laban Award and graduating with a Distinciton.

Bryn has toured nationally and internationally working with Channel 5, Rosie Kay Dance Company, WILD Rumpus, and Company AV. Originally joining Motionhouse as an artist in training in 2017, Bryn has performed in Charge and BLOCK, joining as a full time company member in 2019.

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 Captive, Charge, Lost, Lumen, Midwinter Magic 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 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 to perform in BLOCK.

Alasdair Stewart

Alasdair is from the New Forest, UK. He began his dance training at Barton Peveril College and then joined Hampshire Youth Dance Company and worked as an apprentice with Full Force Dance Company, under the direction of Helen Parlor.

He began advanced prevocational training at The Place’s Centre for Advanced Training and went on to graduate with First Class BA (Hons) from London Contemporary Dance School.

Since graduating Alasdair has performed with Hofesh Shechter Company and Dance United. He gained an MA in Contemporary Dance Performance from the London Contemporary Dance School in 2010.

Alasdair joined Motionhouse for Scattered in 2009 and has since performed in BLOCK, Broken, Captive, Cascade, Charge, Exo, Fragile, Happy Hour, Lost, Lumen, Midwinter Magic, The Voyage, Tigress, Torque, Traction, Underground, Waiting Game, Watermusic and WILD.

Naomi Tadevossian

Originally from Hampshire, UK, Naomi learned a variety of dance disciplines at Southsea School of Dance. She continued her training at London Contemporary Dance School completing with a First Class BA Hons Dance Degree in 2011, followed by an MA distinction in 2013.

She joined National Dance Company Wales as an apprentice for one year and later Guest Dancer for two seasons. She has performed Cunningham repertoire at The Barbican Art Gallery. She has worked with Wales National Opera as a Female Principle soloist in The Cunning Little Vixen and played a Greek Chorus women in the first production of London’s National Theatre’s Medea.

She became a member of James Wilton Dance Company for two years, performing in The Rugby League World Cup Opening Ceremony, and toured Last Man Standing nationally and internationally.

Since joining Motionhouse in 2016, Naomi has performed in Broken, BLOCK, Captive, Charge, Lumen, Scattered and Watermusic.

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 extracts from Broken, Captive, Charge, Fragile, Knot, Lumen, Midwinter Magic and WILD.