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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.

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.

Junior joined Motionhouse as an apprentice in 2002, then became a full-time dancer in January 2003. He 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, Waiting Game and Wondrous Stories.

Daniel Massarella - Creative Assistant

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 (NSCD) where he was awarded the Annual Performance Prize. He went on to become a member of Verve11, the Post Graduate performance company of NSCD and graduated in 2011 with a Distinction.

Before joining Motionhouse, Daniel 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, Nobody, Tigress, Traction, Underground, Watermusic, WILD and Wondrous Stories.

Alex De La Bastide

Alex is originally from Northwich in Cheshire in the UK and started contemporary dance and the age of 14 at the Lowry CAT scheme. She then joined Rambert school when she was 17, where she graduated in June 2021.

Alex joined Motionhouse in June 2021 and has performed in Captive, Knot, Nobody and Wondrous Stories.

Olly Bell

Born in Leeds, UK, Olly began his dance training on the Northern Ballet CAT Scheme, later transferring to the CAT Scheme at Northern School of Contemporary Dance. He completed his BA(Hons) Contemporary Dance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and joined the EDGE Postgraduate Company in his final year. Whilst with EDGE, Olly toured the UK and Europe in works by Tamsin Fitzgerald (2Faced Dance Company), Ben Wright, Athina Vahla and Phillipe Blanchard.

After graduation he went on to join Rosie Kay Dance Company for the creation and UK Tour of 10 Soldiers and perform in a UK and USA Tour of 5 Soldiers. Olly has also performed the principal role of Jaschiu in the Royal Opera House production of Death in Venice, directed by David McVicar and choreographed by Lynne Page. As well as performing in theatre work, he also enjoys being part of dance in film, recently starring in the TV Series of Brave New World choreographed by Maxine Doyle (Punch Drunk), and also performed in music videos for artists such as Groove Armada, The Ninth Wave and Low Island.

Olly joined Motionhouse in February 2020 and has since performed Captive, Happy Hour, Knot, Nobody, WILD and Wondrous Stories.

Llewelyn Brown

Llewelyn is from Wick, South Wales, UK. He got into dancing through gymnastics and with a connection to a local theatre school, learning dancing, singing and acting.

He joined the National Dance Company of Wales Associates Programme at the age of 13 then moved on to Rambert School where he graduated in June 2021.

Llewelyn joined Motionhouse in June 2021 and has performed in Captive, Nobody, WILD and Wondrous Stories.

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”. Berta also enjoys teaching and training other disciplines including hand to hand (circus discipline).

Berta joined Motionhouse in February 2019. She has since performed in Charge, Gravity, Lost, Nobody, Starchitects, WILD and Wondrous Stories.

Mitchell Davis

Originally from Cornwall, Mitch trained at Trinity Laban Consevatoire of Music and Dance. After graduating in 2020, Mitch, completed their MA Contemporary Dance Performance at Northern School of Contemporary Dance joining Motionhouse on a 12-month work-based professional placement.

Mitch joined Motionhouse as a full time company member in April 2022. They have performed in Lost and Wondrous Stories.

Chris Knight

Originally from Hereford, UK, Chris 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 a USA tour of Scattered. He has since performed in BLOCK, Captive, Charge, Gravity, Lumen, Midwinter Magic, Nobody, Starchitects, Underground, Watermusic, WILD and Wondrous Stories.

Blair Moore

Originally from The Lake District, UK, Blair began training in Breakin’ under the supervision of Robby Graham and Nathan Geering.

Blair started his contemporary dance training with Cumbria Youth Dance Company and Eden Youth Dance Company. At the age of 15 he joined the CAT Scheme at The Lowry in Manchester and in 2017 he joined The National Youth Dance Company with guest artistic director, Sharon Eyal. He completed the Foundation Course at Northern School of Contemporary Dance and then trained at Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance in 2022.

Blair joined Southpaw Dance Company in 2018 as an apprentice dancer under the direction of Robby Graham where he performed Icarus. He has worked on various projects with artists including, Akram Khan Company, Southpaw Dance Company and Akeim Toussaint Buck.

Blair joined Motionhouse as a full-time company member in May 2022.

Beth Pattison

Born in Durham, UK, Beth was introduced to contemporary dance at the CAT Programme at Dance City, Newcastle, before studying for a BA(Hons) Contemporary Dance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. Her highlights included performing alongside Punch Drunk as part of the everyBODY Project in Selfridges and being a part of the creative processes and performances of work by Stephanie Schober and Maciej Kuźmiński.

Beth joined Motionhouse in 2017 as an apprentice dancer through the postgraduate diploma programme at Northern School of Contemporary Dance. In 2018 she joined the company as a full time company member and has performed in BLOCK, Captive, Charge, Happy Hour, Lost, Lumen, Midwinter Magic, Nobody, Starchitects, WILD and Wondrous Stories.

Shannon Kate Platt

Originally from Wigan, UK, 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 and before starting full time dance training at Centre Pointe Vocational College, achieving ISTD teaching qualifications and 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.

Since joining Motionhouse in 2019 Shannon has performed in Captive, Charge, Lost, Nobody, Starchitects, WILD and Wondrous Stories.

Joel Pradas Reguill

Originally from Barcelona, 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 projects include Leviathan with James Wilton Dance (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, Captive, Nobody, Starchitects, WILD and Wondrous Stories.

Bethan Probert

Originally from Oxford, Bethan started dancing at her local dance school and trained in gymnastics from a young age. Bethan trained at the Trinity Laban CAT scheme for 3 years before joining the London Contemporary Dance School. After graduating in 2020, Bethan completed her MA Contemporary Dance Performance at Northern School of Contemporary Dance joining Motionhouse on a 12 month work-based professional placement.

Bethan joined Motionhouse as a full-time company member in April 2022. She has performed in Captive, Knot, Lost and Wondrous Stories and also recently performed with Wired Aerial Theatre for their production Me vs Me.

Rikkai Scott

Born in Hamilton, Bermuda, Rikkai first trained at United Dance Productions. He performed tap solos as an opening act for Beyonce and Alicia Keys’ concert at Bermuda’s National Stadium. After moving to London to complete his studies at London Contemporary Dance School, he graduated in 2012 with a BA (Hons) in Fine Arts. He has worked with De Kiss Moves Fusion Dance Company, Avant Garde Dance, Boy Blue Entertainment, Michaela Cisarikova Dance Collective, Jean Aberu Dance, Far From The Norm and he was the hip hop tutor at DanceEast.

In 2016 he founded Rhythmflow and has been commissioned by Artists4Artists and Bermuda Cultural Affairs. His duet SENSE was shortlisted at Festival Sentidos and his film TAPOUT won best film at The Artists Creative Award Platform in 2021.

Rikkai joined Motionhouse in June 2021 and has performed in Captive, Nobody and Wondrous Stories.