more than just movement

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Our Mission Through Motion

We are committed to providing a safe and positive environment in which all students can feel empowered, comfortable and free to express themselves.

This is a studio where creativity, individuality and self-expression is encouraged and our amazing & dedicated teachers are passionate about enriching lives and making a difference through movement.

We strive to nurture and develop talent, celebrate the success of all students and inspire a love and appreciation of all styles of dance.

We are dedicated to creating beautiful & treasured memories by providing exciting opportunities and experiences in dance that they will remember forever.

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Progression over the years

Since 1997, Emma Mallam the founder of Motion Control Dance, in South Wales, has provided the Vale of Glamorgan with opportunities and experiences in community dance. Whether it’s dancing for fun, fitness or working towards a professional career, she has worked in both the educational and community setting, teaching hundreds of children, young people and adults each year.  Her motto for her service is to give everyone ‘A Chance 2 Dance’.

From 2008, Motion Control Dance began to grow into a buzzing community dance project.  Offering a range of weekly dance classes for children and young people of all ages and abilities. A range of dance styles are delivered and through its teaching methods we ensure that each session is an enjoyable dance experience for all. These are taught by outstanding dance tutors with plenty of experience and qualifications in their field to ensure high quality dance delivery.

In 2015, Motion Control Dance became a registered charity to advance the education of people of all ages, in the art of dance, through the provision of classes, training, workshops and performance opportunities.  The journey of Motion Control Dance now thriving in our community.

“We are experts who allow the Joy of Motion help our members and their families lead better, healthy, happier lives.”

Rockstar Faculty

  • Yasmin Harcourt Choreographer
  • Lara Ward Creative Dance Tutor
  • Samantha Owens Under 6s Dance Tutor
  • Sylwia Warkocz Kulesza
    Sylwia Warkocz Kulesza Street Dance Tutor
  • Rowen Hawkins
    Rowen Hawkins Street & Breakdance Tutor
  • Luke Jones
    Luke Jones Yoga Instructor
  • Chris Collins
    Chris Collins Tai Chi Instructor
  • Gemma Hillberg
    Gemma Hillberg Turn D'UP Instructor
  • Tracey Prince & Sarah George
    Tracey Prince & Sarah George PDT Instructors

Great Reputation

  • Motion Control Dance was the kick start to my teaching career, it gave me my first opportunity as a dance teacher/ choreographer in South Wales.  Dance in general didn’t have many opportunities or much promise for careers in Wales in 2007, there was only a handful of teachers, Emma being one of them. Seeing what she had accomplished with the youth in Barry inspired me become a choreographer that actually cares and is not just in the business for money. Emma is a very caring person, an amazing mentor and has definitely benefited the dance scene in South Wales for many years. She has given a chance to those that want to learn how to dance, to those that want to improve their skills, those that want to perform and also those that want to teach. Im glad to say I was part of this fantastic programme and worked with Emma during my early years as a dancer and choreographer.
    Lee Crowley Crew - Soul Makericks, A Team, Dancer/Choreographer/Teacher
  • I am so grateful to have been taught and have had the opportunity to work with Motion Control Dance over the years. Their work ethic and commitment to us students & dance leaders over the years has always been consistent yet encouraging.  The teachers have always pushed the students to a level to exceed and has always been there for any advice or guidance.
    Emma (the director) has always been there for me throughout my point of training / studying and and certain career opportunities. Over the years she has encouraged me to complete many courses and if it wasn't for Emma's encouragement and influence over the years I probably would not have gone to university to study dance further.
    Motion Control Dance has always fulfilled me with amazing opportunities such as being able to compete with a team for so long, assisting and teaching teams over the years, taking us to Germany to represent Wales in Championships over the World and most importantly letting me be a part of The Big Barry Dance Project. I thoroughly enjoy being part of this organisation and it's made me realise more and more over the years just how much Emma has done for her students and for the community in Barry. She has helped so many children with confidence, comfort and activity that it is inspiring to watch how much can be changed.
    Emma has always been there for me and I look up to her as a role model and wish to follow in her path one day, being able to run my own Dance school the way she has for so long, guiding and being a big part of so many people's lives.
    Until that day comes I just wish to continue to learn and work along side with Emma, after all we are The A Team! Many more projects to come. I am so grateful to Emma and Motion Control Dance, and would just like to say thank you for everything!

    Yasmin Harcourt Student Teacher/Choreographer
  • A fantastic organisation which is run by members with true grit and determination in helping people of all ages and disabilities

    Jo Hewitson Member of the Community
  • What is so special about this group is the founder Emma Mallam. She started the group with a simple idea and now has a team of dance teachers who make a massive difference to lives in our community. My child is able bodied , dancing with children and adults with disabilities including those with cerebral palsy, downs syndrome and brain damage.
    All these dancers know what it’s like to have a good quality of life – being part of something that makes their abilities shine through and makes them happy and their family proud no matter what their challenges are. I’m proud that my boy is integrated at such a young age and is part of the dance group in the boy breakers section.

    Lucy Case Parent
  • Motion Control Dance is an excellent community dance provision. So lucky to have it my area. My daughter goes and I've seen her progress and grow in confidence. She's even danced on Cbeebies through MCD and met her idol Andy.
    The Co-ordinator Emma is absolutely devoted to getting the best outcomes for her troop from a dancing at local fete to completing in a world dance comp. Whatever the ability or starting point the MCD tutors are patient, friendly and accessible. Its great to see the kids put their gadgets down and move! It's gotta be 5 stars from me!

    Sy Joshua Parent

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