Questions in Motion

Hello and welcome to Questions in Motion — my blog for Curious Motion!

I’m Isla, a Dance Artist at Curious Motion and I also support some of the ‘behind the scenes’ activity. I also work with lots of other organisations in West Yorkshire and beyond, exploring how advocacy, access, and social change intertwine with dance. You can find out more about me here.

Questions in Motion is a space to let curiosity run free — each month I’ll be exploring one question relating to Curious Motion’s work to see what more we can learn and discover. We’ll delve into things like the science, thinking, and learning behind Curious Motion’s practice, how this relates to the wider world, and spotlighting important stories and people. I hope it’ll spark your curiosity too!

January 26, 2024

What is the social model of disability, and how can it help make dance more accessible?

There are many ways that someone might participate in a dance activity, and it will be different for each person, whether they identify as disabled or not. A little out-of-the-box thinking about how movements can be performed and a welcoming, open space, means that everyone can participate in a way that feels right for them. 

November 24, 2023

What Is Hygge, and How Can It Help Our Wellbeing?

...many of us may experience changes in our mood during the Autumn and Winter seasons, making it more important than ever to take steps to look after our wellbeing. But just what can we do to look after ourselves in these chilly months?

September 29, 2023

What is co-creation?

Co-creation is a tricky thing to write about because it’s a tricky thing to define. It’s become a bit of a ‘buzzword’ in the arts sector...

June 30, 2023

What is Welland?

Summertime is performance time for dance groups! It seems like every week I have a different one of my community groups performing.

May 26, 2023

What is Refugee Week?

May has been a busy month for Curious Motion! As well as providing our regular programme of classes, we’re hard at work making preparations for a very special event.

April 28, 2023

How can dancing help us socialise?

I recently met an old friend for dinner. She and I did ballet together through our childhoods, and now living in different places, and pursuing different careers, it’s nice to meet, and realise how many things we still have in common.

March 31, 2023

Is nature accessible to all?

I’m writing this a few days after a snowstorm froze West Yorkshire into a belated winter wonderland.

February 24, 2023

Can dance improve memory?

There have been multiple studies done on the link between dance and improved brain function.

January 27, 2023

Why are we dancing in a library?

Stories in Motion was born as a result of funding from Calderdale Council and Calderdale Community Foundation

January 6, 2023

What’s that lovely trophy on Sam’s mantelpiece?

A vast array of wonderful people and organisations were celebrated, including those that support disabled people, people of colour, mental health, provide green spaces

November 25, 2022

How do endorphins help treat loneliness?

The classes and events that Curious Motion provide are unquestionably designed to encourage endorphin release in participants’ brains.

October 28, 2022

Who was Ignatius Sancho?

Sancho wrote that he was born in Africa but was captured and enslaved in Greenwich UK throughout his entire childhood. When he was 20 years old he liberated himself and escaped to Montagu House, Blackheath.
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