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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.

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, Victoria Collins, The Creative Learning team, The Marketing and Communications team, and more. Take a look below to book or find out more:

Building your business in the Dance Sector – with Louise Richards

Wednesday 20 March 2024 3pm – 5pm

An exceptional opportunity to join Co-founder and Executive Director of Motionhouse, Louise Richards, for this in-person masterclass on building your business in the dance sector. Louise will provide insight into the importance of understanding what you want to achieve and why as a first step to developing a company structure; giving tips on developing a clear vision and setting realistic targets and goals to bring your vision to life. Motionhouse has just celebrated its 35th birthday, led by Louise since the outset. Underpinned by Louise’s extensive experience, this session will aim to offer a better understanding of the steps you can take to help make your creative venture a success.

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Social media & growing your online audience

Wednesday 17 April 2024 11am – 1pm

Join Motionhouse’s Audience and Digital Lead for some tips and tricks to understanding your online audience. This 2-hour session will cover how to pick the best social media platforms for you, how to get to grips with the ever-evolving ‘algorithms’, and top tips for finding out what digital content your social media following want to see online. Learn how to build your following and increase engagement to make a stronger digital impact.

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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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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!