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About Us

Curious Motion serves as a catalyst for connection and belonging. Through our programs, we facilitate meaningful encounters — supporting individuals to connect with themselves, each other, and the world around them. 

Welcome to Curious Motion

We envision a society where social connection, creativity, and self-expression are accessible to all.

At Curious Motion, we are driven by a deep passion for community, creativity, and wellbeing. Founded in 2019 by our Artistic Director/ CEO, Samantha McCormick, our journey began with a simple yet powerful idea — to address the frustrations and challenges faced by local residents in the Elland and Calderdale area of West Yorkshire. Through heartfelt conversations and a genuine commitment to making a difference, we embarked on a mission to create accessible and inspiring opportunities that have a lasting impact on health, wellbeing, and community cohesion.

At the heart of our approach is the belief that everyone deserves access to creative experiences that foster togetherness, self-expression, and a sense of belonging.

We open our doors wide to people of all ages and backgrounds, including children, young people, those seeking sanctuary, older individuals, disabled people, people living with long-term conditions, and those navigating complex mental health experiences.

Our goal is to ensure that no one feels excluded and that everyone can experience the transformative power of dance and the arts, supporting the social fabric of our community to create a fairer and more compassionate world.

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Curious Motion serves as a catalyst for connection and belonging. Through our programs, we facilitate meaningful encounters — supporting individuals to connect with themselves, each other, and the world around them. We envision a society where social connection, creativity, and self-expression are accessible to all.

Together, we offer a diverse range of activities designed to support wellbeing and foster creativity. Our program includes classes, workshops, artistic projects, and captivating performances. Additionally, we provide expert consultation and guidance on accessible arts and wellbeing. In this digital age, we also embrace technology to reach even more people through our captivating blog and thought-provoking podcasts.

At Curious Motion, we understand that true transformation happens through collaboration. We place co-creation at the center of our work, actively involving our community in every stage of our projects. We strive to learn, explore, and stay curious, constantly evolving and responding to the changing needs of those we serve.

Our Values

Our core values — artistry, belonging, compassion, curiosity, and integrity — guide everything we do. We are a dedicated team, including passionate freelance artists, volunteers, and creatives, who share a common purpose.

Artistry

We strive to provide high-quality, ambitious artistic experiences that draw upon the power of the arts to connect us.

Belonging

Access and empathy are embedded and prioritised so that everyone feels they can be themselves.

Compassion

We take action to address inequalities, treating ourselves and others with kindness in recognition of our shared humanity.

Curiosity

We love to learn about the world and each other. We utilise play and imagination to explore new things.

Integrity

We work with honesty and dedication, ensuring we remain accountable to our community.

Our Why

An overarching issue that is common amongst our community, and around the world, is loneliness. Despite the variety of ages, genders, cultural backgrounds, and life experiences of the people who connect with us, loneliness is common.

The pandemic has increased this, but we know from experience that loneliness has a long history in the communities we work with. We also know that loneliness is not often taken as seriously as physical health issues in our society in general, and this can lead to sustained suffering, trauma, and poor wellbeing for many people.

Research shows that loneliness poses a serious risk of early death (45%), exceeding the risks posed by more commonly recognised issues such as obesity (20%) and excessive alcohol consumption (30%). People who have stronger social relationships are 50% more likely to recover from health issues. (J. Holt-Lunstad, T. B. Smith and J. Bradley Layton, 2010)

Therefore, we are advocating for:

Recognition

Loneliness being fully understood and recognised as a serious health risk. We want to see this taken as seriously as obesity, smoking and other widely recognised health issues.

'Hyper-Local'

Championing co-created arts practice in small communities and towns for the benefit of our society as a whole.

Prevention

A preventative approach to health and wellbeing; truly addressing what causes health problems alongside supporting people with recovery.

Creativity

We want to see dance and the arts fully integrated into local and national health services. Moving beyond dance being seen as an exercise regime to recognition of the substantial contribution it makes to all aspects of our wellbeing.

Belonging

Playing our part to reduce discrimination and misinformation, and promote the benefits of a more inclusive society. We want all people to be able to access their rights as human beings; an essential element in tackling loneliness, particularly for those who are underserved.

Why Dance and Creativity?

Dancing naturally fosters empathy and connection with others – we see this in communities and cultures around the world, from Hawaii to Scotland and South Africa to Australia. Dance and movement have told our stories for thousands of years.

The body and movement are integral to our wellbeing as human beings. dance/ movement enables us to explore and unleash the healing powers of the body and draw upon physiological knowledge to support others. Humans are made to move. We use movement to communicate, process emotions, explore and express who we are, and even process traumatic events.

Science also shows that important things are happening in our bodies when we dance, for example:

We also combine our dance practice with other creative experiences to foster curiosity and increase access – ensuring people have choice over how they’d like to engage with us and promoting a culture of collaboration, learning, experimentation, and wonder. The arts sector makes a vital contribution to the health and wellbeing of society in many ways, and we celebrate this.

‘Curiosity’s reason for existing is not simply to be a tool for acquiring knowledge; it reminds us that we are alive.

Researchers are finding evidence that curiosity is correlated with creativity, intelligence, improved learning and memory, and problem solving.’

Brené Brown, Atlas of the Heart, 2021

Meet the Team

Samantha McCormick

Artistic Director/ CEO & Co-Founder
Sam is a dance artist with over 15 years of professional experience in dance for health and community practice.

Susan Burns

Director/ Co-Founder
Susan is a freelance creative with a background in theatre and literature, with an incredible track record in organising participatory projects in communities.

Theo Clinkard

Director
Theo is an artist whose current practice spans choreography, theatre design and performing. He has built an international reputation for his contemporary work across a wide variety of settings.

Emily Tucker

Director
Emily is an arts management professional with over 10 years of experience working across venues and festivals.

Matt Lackford

Dance Artist & Digital Support
Matt has been working professionally in dance for over ten years, as a facilitator, performer, and choreographer. An active volunteer locally and nationally, supporting people with lived experience of chronic illness.

Isla Hurst

Dance Artist and Communications Assistant
Isla is a dance artist who loves to explore activism and social justice in her work. Isla works across a range of our projects both as a dance artist and supporting marketing and communication.

Mahshid Alavi

Project Assistant
Mahshid is an artist, project facilitator and community enthusiast. She supports projects with her administrative, finance, communication and facilitating skills. 

Sounding Board

Our Steering Group
Our Sounding Board is made up of people from across the local area who come together to helping to steer our work, inspire ideas, and create more connection locally.

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Voluntary Directors

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Classes & Workshops Volunteers

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