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Professional Development

Our Professional development courses and days offer valuable industry experience, knowledge, mentoring and support for the wider sector. We work with and support a wide range of dancers and companies at different stages in their careers and development. Company class, placements, apprenticeships, experience days, professional training opportunities and bespoke mentoring are just some of things we are able to offer.

As well as our professional intensive, we are also offering a range of FREE professional development workshops, that draws on our 35 years experience in the professional dance sector. Find out more below.

May Pro Intensive

Date: Wednesday 29 May
Location: Leamington Spa, Warwickshire
Price: £65 (£55 early bird offer ends Fri 26 April 5pm)

Dance professionals and those in professional training: join Motionhouse company dancers for a day of training, exploring our unique dance-circus style, with a focus on contact and partnering. See below for a breakdown of the day

Time Session
10am – 11.45am Class
11.45am – 12pm Break
12pm – 12.45pm Strength & conditioning
12.45pm – 1.45pm Climbing & throwing:
Learning techniques, developing skills in throwing and catching, climbing and basing
1.45pm – 2.30pm Lunch
2.30pm – 4pm Lifting and flying:
Movement based content, developing dance partnering to new heights
4pm-5pm Working on our hands:
Taking a different perspective; floor work with acrobatic movements and handstands

Spaces are limited so book now for this fantastic opportunity.

Our professional training courses offer intensive immersion in the renowned Motionhouse style including company class, physical training and skills development.

Motionhouse CPD Series

As part of the Dance Leaders Group’s learning & skills strand, we are offering a series of FREE Continuing professional development (CPD) workshops, that draws on our 35 years experience in the professional dance sector.

All these skills sessions will be based at our studio in Leamington Spa and are completely FREE! They will be led by professionals in the Motionhouse team, including Co-founder and Executive Director, Louise Richards, Programme Producer, The Creative Learning team, The Marketing and Communications team, and more. Take a look below to book or find out more:

Creative Learning – Building quality engagement alongside performance

Wednesday 8 May 2024 11am – 1pm

Join the Creative Learning team from Motionhouse to understand the company’s approach to building high quality creative learning engagement alongside performance. This 2-hour session will explore how to develop your creative learning and participatory projects to complement what you do, and expand your reach to schools, community groups, theatre goers, with the aim of engaging people from all walks of life.

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A practical Guide to touring internationally

Thursday 16 May 2024 11am – 1pm

Taking your work to international platforms has become more challenging for UK artists and organisations since Brexit. Join the Motionhouse team who have successfully navigated this and managed to take their work to 19 venues and festivals in the EU since restrictions changed. Covering contracting, planning, and travel, this is an opportunity to understand the process Motionhouse has gone through to stop restrictions limiting opportunities.

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Selling & Negotiating

Wednesday 12 June 2024 11am – 1pm

Meet with Motionhouse’s Programme Producer to learn about maximising your selling potential. This session will cover reaching out to venues, building a selling pack, an introduction to deal models and tips for negotiation, and how to get enquiries past obstacles and get bookings over the line. Learn more about Motionhouse’s dynamic approach to selling and how you can apply this in your work and practice.

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Speaking to your audience

Wednesday 26 June 2024 11am – 1pm

Join Motionhouse’s Marketing and Communications team to explore successful ways to speak to your audience and find your own unique ‘voice’. This session will include tips on how to create a stellar marketing pack and work with your venues to maximise ticket sales, how to create and choose the best assets to promote your work, and how to understand your audience and find the best ways to engage them.

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Check out our October 2022 Pro Intensive video!