Samantha McCormick

Artistic Director/ CEO & Co-Founder

Sam is an experienced professional dance artist who has been working in dance and health contexts for over 15 years; including facilitating sessions, choreographing dance work, creating films, managing projects, and leading teams. Sam has worked for a varied range of professional dance organisations and charities throughout her career, including as an Associate Artist with English National Ballet, as a member of the Learning and Participation team at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance (NSCD), and with inclusive dance charity Flamingo Chicks as their Head of Dance. Sam has worked in many different settings including hospitals, refugee camps, community halls, children’s hospices, universities, schools, and professional dance companies, with people from all walks of life, including babies to people over the age of 100!

Her practice focuses on our collective humanity – the opportunities dance offers us to connect more deeply to ourselves, others, and the world around us; helping to uncover stories and foster a greater sense of compassion and acceptance both for ourselves and each other. Sam utilises dance to help us find better and more meaningful ways to gather together and live healthy and happy lives.

Outside of Curious Motion, Sam works freelance for other arts organisations and projects. She is also a member of the Elland Town Board in a voluntary capacity and is a Trustee for Voluntary & Community (VAC) and Ascendance.

Sam trained at Bretton Hall (University of Leeds), the Scottish School of Contemporary Dance, & completed her MA in Contemporary Dance, specialising in embodied/ somatic practice, at London Contemporary Dance School in 2012. She is also a professional member of People Dancing, has a level 2 award in Awareness of Mental Health Conditions, and is a Mental Health First Aider.

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