Adventures in dance, health & happiness

Curious Motion

Curious Motion is a community organisation using dance, movement, and creativity to tackle loneliness and isolation in the lower valley of Calderdale. We provide accessible creative experiences that facilitate togetherness, friendship, and kindness.

We offer a regular programme of classes and workshops alongside larger projects and events; bringing people of all ages and backgrounds together to connect and share stories.

You can find us in various community venues in Elland, Rastrick and across the lower valley of Calderdale.

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Coming Up

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Happiness Exhibition

The beautiful drawings, notes, and pieces of writing that were collected during our Elland’s Happiness Lab project are now on display!

Created by people of all ages from across the community, the exhibition shares their responses to the question ‘What does happiness mean to you?’. Don’t miss it!

Elland Library (during usual opening times)

Monday 18th July – Friday 26th August

Summer Walks

Enjoy the outdoors with these accessible, short summer walks in Elland. Each walk is around an hour, followed by a brew in Morrison’s cafe.

Suitable for all levels, and accessible for wheelchairs and buggies.

Monday 22nd August, 10am. FREE!

Please click below to book a spot.


Brews & Grooves TASTER

Interested in Brews & Grooves but not sure what to expect? This is the perfect way to find out! Join us for a one-off taster session to try out the class and see if it’s for you.

No previous experience required. We’ll finish with a brew and a catch up as usual too. Suitable for complete beginners.

Tuesday 23rd August, 10am – 11.30am at Southgate Church, Elland.


Dance for Wellbeing

Our evening movement and stretch class for adults returns in September!

Join us to get moving to some fun music, stretch out your body, and connect with others in this accessible dance session.

Drop in to the occasional session or join us regularly! Suitable for complete beginners and open to everyone.

Thursdays, 6pm – 7.30pm at The Space @ Field Lane, Rastrick – first class back is 8th September


Curious Motives

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Elland’s Happiness Lab

The first measure of happiness in a small town in the UK through the arts!

From November 2021 until July 2022, Elland’s Happiness Lab explored what happiness means to the people of Elland through a programme of accessible creative activity, helping to inform our future work and bring the community together.

We were dancing, drawing, singing, walking, and more with the people of Elland and the surrounding areas. The Happiness Lab was open to everyone – all ages, heritage backgrounds, life experiences, people who live here, people who work here, people who have newly discovered Elland!

We celebrated the project with a very special showcase evening on Friday 15th July 2022, and this special documentary captured what we’ve been up to throughout the project!


Classes & Workshops

Curious e-Motion Podcast

Art and culture bring colour to our world. And what are art and culture without the people that create it, shape it, present it, and enjoy it?

Join us as we delve into the lives of fascinating, creative, inspiring people. We explore what it means to live, love, and thrive in these overwhelming days. Through our guest interviews, we uncover ways that will help you navigate life; leaving you feeling more inspired and empowered, and remembering that you are not alone.

Series 2 explores the values we hold at Curious Motion – artistry, compassion, curiosity, empathy, inclusion and integrity. Tune in to find out more!

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