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
(Dancer and 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, Underground, Midwinter Magic, and Watermusic.

Martina Knight

Originally from Turin, Italy, Martina began dancing at early age, studying ballet and modern at Centro Danza Arkè.

After graduating with a BSc in Sport Science from the University of Torino, Martina moved to London in 2006, where she trained at London Contemporary Dance School and graduated with a Postgraduate Diploma in Performance in 2008. In 2010 she completed an MA in Performance.

Before joining Motionhouse, Martina worked with Henri Oguike Dance Company, Tom Dale Company, Tavaziva Dance and Leila McMillan.

Martina joined Motionhouse in 2012 and has performed in Broken, Captive, Cascade, Chaser, Fragile, Lost, Scattered, The Voyage, Tigress, Torque, Traction, Underground and Watermusic.

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 tour BLOCK, and has also learnt Captive.

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, Fragile, Lost, Midwinter Magic, Tigress, Traction, Underground and Watermusic.

Luka Owen

Luka is from Coventry, UK. She began dancing at a very early age at three spires dance school, and at 16 won the title of Britain’s most talented circus performer at Blackpool Tower Circus.

She graduated from The Laban School of Contemporary Dance with a BA (Hons) and trained for a year to perform as an aerialist in Godiva Awakes, a Cultural Olympiad project created by Imagineer productions. This was followed by an apprenticeship with Motionhouse on the 2012 production The Voyage.

Luka joined Motionhouse in 2013 to tour Captive, and has so far also performed in Broken, BLOCK, Lost, The Voyage, Tigress, Fragile and Scattered.

Beth Pattison

Beth joined Motionhouse in September 2017 as an apprentice through Northern School of Contemporary Dance.

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 and Midwinter Magic.

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, Fragile, Lost, Midwinter Magic, The Voyage, Tigress, Torque, Traction, Underground, Waiting Game and Watermusic.

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, 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 Fragile and Captive, as well as extracts from Broken.

Rebecca Williams

Originally from the West Midlands, UK, Rebecca was first introduced to contemporary dance while studying at Kidderminster College.

She graduated from the Northern School of Contemporary Dance in July 2010 after completing a three year degree. During two years as a freelance dancer she worked for choreographers and companies including Sandra Harnisch-Lacey, Anna Watkins, Wayne Stable and Joon Dance.

Rebecca joined Motionhouse in March 2012 and has since performed in Broken, Captive, Chaser, Lost, Midwinter Magic, Scattered, The Voyage, Traction, Torque, Underground and Watermusic.