Jess founded MOTION after gaining QTS in Secondary Dance and 8 years teaching full time in schools. She trained in an outstanding rural comprehensive academy, before working in a an EBD (SEMH) residential school for boys and latterly in an inner city community school for 4 years. During this time she received ‘outstanding’ judgement in all areas from Ofsted, held responsibilities for ITT/NQT in-house training and qualified as an Arts Award Advisor (Discover – Silver). She is currently also an AQA GCSE Dance examiner and writes for TES.
Jess also leads CPD training for LEA’s/MATs and ITT providers upskilling and building the confidence of school based staff to lead good and outstanding dance sessions within their settings, which also link to wider curriculum foci such as global learning. She is currently working with Cumbria County Council along with other training providers in the North West to develop accessible, high quality training programmes on a range of topics. She also offers bespoke in house training for MAT’s, individual or cluster schools , as well as care establishments and community groups so please get in touch if you have an idea for a session!
Jess’s passion for outstanding school based dance has led her to develop MOTION to include Dance Fitness, by becoming qualified in Fitness Instruction. This has allowed us to develop effective programmes offered in schools, but also to widen the socially inclusive aspect of the initiative to include chair based dance fitness for older members of our community, and dance fitness sessions for members of the trans community. This has also included work with LGBT foundation and Manchester Pride.
Following increasing demand Jess works also has worked as a consultant devising curriculum for both primary and secondary schools to embed outstanding Dance and performance within their core practice.
Kate trained at Edge Hill University and graduated with a First Class BA Hons Dance Degree in July 2017. Whilst training at Edge Hill, Kate was fortunate enough to work with a number of choreographers such as Gary Clarke, Sally Marie, James Wilton and Alesandra Suetin and toured these works nationally as part of 3rd Edge Dance Company.
As soon as Kate graduated she went on to work as a freelance dance artist for various arts organisations in the North West. This is where she found her love for teaching. Kate teaches all ages and all abilities from early years to elderly. She really believes in bringing dance and the arts into all schools.
Kate has also performed in professional works for Ludus Dance as part of ‘Light Up Lancaster’ and performed with Company Chameleon for their ‘Illuminate’ project. Kate also founded her own performance company ‘Redlocks Creations’, where she has created and performed her own work at various venues across the North West.
Jenny hails from Preston, Lancashire. She pursued her dance training at the London Contemporary Dance School and Trinity Laban conservatoires, she then continued to perform professionally for Opera and Theatre Companies worldwide for a number of years. She returned home to Lancashire in 2015 and focused her work into choreography for her new company About Time Dance Company. She has made a number of professional touring productions and community participatory projects often exploring social history, heritage and forgotten stories from Lancashire’s rich history. She creates memorable experiences through dance for a wide range of communities, schools, venues and outdoor sites. She is thrilled to join the Motion Dance Initiative team this year as a yoga teacher and share her joy for movement with more people. She has enjoyed teaching yoga since 2012 and is passionate about the benefits dance and yoga can bring to everyone.
Megan has danced her whole life having studied Ballet, Jazz and Tap for over 15 years. She studied
contemporary for the first time during her A Levels where she found her passion for expression
through this style. She then trained at De Montfort University in Leicester and graduated with a First
Class BA Hons Dance Degree in July 2018. After she graduated, she became a Youth Dance
Ambassador at The Lowry, assisting in the Centre for Advanced Training outreach work as well as
organised and delivered the U.Dance North West platform, going on to assist at the National event
in London Southbank Centre in July 2019. She has delivered and worked with many dance schools
Megan teaches all ages, ranging from 2 years to
over 55s. She loves helping and seeing people build their confidence, independence and creativity,
whether it be abled or non-abled dancers, young or old. She is passionate about encouraging people
to engage with dance and the arts, as she believes it is not just an opportunity for professional
dancers or artists, but an opportunity for everyone. Megan is very excited to work within school
settings and be part of the MOTION team to promote its values.
Sam has the unique combination of expertise in two Dance styles. Having been a professional break dancer he then trained in contemporary and went on to gain his Dance degree (BA Hons) from University of Salford in July 2019.
Whilst training here he was fortunate enough to work with Wildhawk studio owner Josh Hawkins in his production ‘Into The Unknown’, as well as having the pleasure of training with award winning contemporary choreographer Joss Arnott.
Having taught breakdance classes in schools throughout Leicestershire, Telford and Loughborough for a number of years, he has remained in Manchester following his graduation and runs street and break dance classes for all abilities from Reception to year 11, finding the physicality of movement engaging for all young people, in particular harder to reach boys.
Emmie completed her degree at London Contemporary Dance School graduating in 2014. She then continued her training as a member of postgraduate company VERVE15 at Northern School of Contemporary Dance, performing, teaching and touring with internationally. Since graduating, she has worked on various projects with different companies teaching workshops and performing in the north of England and touring the UK.
Emmie has taught various ages throughout her career and and has mainly worked in primary and secondary schools. She is particularly passionately about school based dance as a tool to inspire our next generation of artists.
Emmie has also undertaken her Yoga teacher training in India, also running vinyasa flow classes in our area.
Eleanor is within her second year of her professional career in dance education, having recently graduated from the University of Manchester. Whilst at university, she has been an active teacher, choreographer, and dancer. Her recent work includes choreographing A Chorus Line, as well as directing two operas for Manchester University Music. For over 15 years, Eleanor has studied ballet, jazz and contemporary and in 2013, she started her own movement classes combining dance and body conditioning. She counts her dance teachers as some of the most inspirational figures in her life, and therefore firmly believes that a quality education in dance can inspire creativity, confidence and an enjoyment of exercise. Eleanor thrives on sharing her passion with the next generation of dancers.
Sophie has recently graduated with a First Class Honours Degree in Dance Performance and Teacher Training (BA Hons) from the University of Central Lancashire and is using the wealth of school based teaching experience she gained during her degree to plan and deliver outstanding sessions in some of our primary and secondary settings.
Sophie is a passionate dance teacher who is dedicated to developing creativity and imagination through playful moving. Alongside her experience teaching in schools and working with young people to develop choreography & technique, Sophie has worked with inspiring individuals such as Lisa Simpson through Lisa Simpson Inclusive Dance, developing invaluable skills and a passion for supportive Dance work, helping and encouraging all people to participate in practical arts sessions.
Sophie has worked in a broad range of both primary and secondary schools during her training, as well as with prestigious youth groups across the North West including Preston Young Dancers and Ludus Youth Dance Company in Lancaster.
Maiya LeekeMaiya was a dancer in numerous youth dance companies where she was fortunate to work with artists such as Gary Clarke. This is where she discovered her love for dance and soon realised she wanted to provide this opportunity for other young people, choreographing performances across the North West including being shortlisted for the U.Dance National Festival.Maiya teaches all ages (ranging from 2-94!) and strongly believes everyone can, and should have the opportunity to, dance no matter what. She adores to share her passion with as many people as possible, helping spread her love of dance as wide as she can.
Faye has joined the MOTION team to deliver Cheer from 2019. She has been a part of a rhythmic gymnastics club for the past 16 years, with whom she has been fortunate enough to travel across the country participating in numerous displays and performances. Through this, she has gained her level 1 coaching in rhythmic gymnastics. Alongside gymnastics, Faye also found a love for dance in her early childhood, and carried this throughout her youth and gained BTEC and A Level qualifications in dance throughout her time in high school and sixth form.
Faye is currently studying Primary Education with QTS at Liverpool Hope University. It’s been at university that Faye has found a new passion in cheerleading after joining her university team in first year, where she was eager to learn a new sport that combined two sports she has always been passionate for and loved the ethos it promotes. Faye became the president of her team in second year and is now taking on the roll of captain for her final year with the team.