more than just movement

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Our Mission Through Motion

There is more about Motion Control Dance than just movement – we aim to ENRICH LIVES THROUGH MOVEMENT whilst tackling social change in the Vale of Glamorgan.

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.   Our amazing & dedicated teachers are passionate about enriching lives and making a difference through movement.

Striving to nurture and develop talent and celebrate the success of all students. We aim to 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.

Our goal is to create a positive and enjoyable experience for all.  Developing confidence and self esteem to overcome and break down barriers.  Allowing our members to achieve new skills that will broaden their horizons.

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Progression over the years

Since 2000, Emma Mallam the founder of Motion Control Dance,  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 with an array of freelance dance tutors with a wealth of knowledge and experience.  Offering a range of weekly dance classes in different dance styles for children and young people of all ages and abilities.  Our disability dance programme was established and has grown in reputation throughout the region.  

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.

With the lease of our new studio in 2017, Motion Control Dance charity extended its reach into the community by providing movement sessions for adults and older people.  This increased our mission to tackle social isolation in the community and give everyone a Chance to Dance.

The end of 2019 saw our room be transformed into a fully equipped dance studio with a new sprung floor thus ensuring we are enriching lives through movement. The journey of Motion Control Dance is 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

  • Samantha Owens Under 6s Dance Tutor
  • Rowen Hawkins
    Rowen Hawkins Street & Breakdance Tutor
  • Sylwia Warkocz Kulesza
    Sylwia Warkocz Kulesza Street Dance Tutor
  • Cory Gould
    Cory Gould Team Choreographer
  • Dan Rowe
    Dan Rowe Creative/Contemporary Dance Tutor
  • Jamie Berry
    Jamie Berry Breakdance Tutor
  • Gemma Hillberg
    Gemma Hillberg Turn D'UP Instructor
  • Chris Collins
    Chris Collins Tai Chi Instructor
  • Tracey Prince & Sarah George
    Tracey Prince & Sarah George PDT Instructors

Great Reputation

  • A courageous group of young dance professionals. This ‘experience of joy’ reflected on the children’s faces is not just for a fleeting moment. Emma and her team, work energetically – and sometimes quite sacrificially – round the clock, opening up amazing new horizons for these fortunate youngsters in the Vale of Glamorgan, Wales, who almost certainly would not have found this life-changing ‘chance to dance’ without their help.

    Denise Puttock Director of Studies, School of Dance Therapy – Member UNESCO CID
  • 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 have learnt many things from dancing with Motion Control Dance over the last 9 years. I've experienced opportunities from auditions to competitions.  Being one of Motion Control Dance's many students I have gained skills and knowledge in dance that is helping me with my college course in performing arts as it has showed me how to express myself.  MCD has caring dance teachers that has taught me to strive in what I want to do, to be successful and has truly helped me to gain confidence within myself. With Emma's help I was able to achieve an A* grade in my GCSE dance exam and gain lifetime friends. Motion Control Dance makes everyone feel welcome.
    Hannah Bishop Ex Dancer
  • 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
  • Emma and her fantastic team of tutors teach the children on the same level no matter what their ability so my daughter has always felt valued and on a par with people who have the same difficulties she does and she really can be herself. I thank Motion Control Dance and the team of staff for helping me raise my child in a nurturing, accepting environment.

    Jo Williams Parent
  • I gained an interest in dance from the age of 11 years old. I knew from my first dance lesson with Motion Control Dance that it was something I was passionate about and everything week I would look forward to my dance classes. It made me come out of me shell into this confident motivated person that I never knew I was. I still remember my first competition like it was yesterday, competitions where very competitive and nerve racking but an amazing experience at the same time, the buzz it left you with after performing was unforgettable! Without MCD I would never of even had the opportunity to do this and to see so many places! We went as far as Germany to compete, I have so many memories with dancing with MCD and without them I wouldn't be where I am today. After gaining my GCSE in dance at A* standard I then went on to further education in Bristol where I studied another 2 years.  So from that one dance class at 11 years old it's now brought me to a whole new level, a level I never imagined of reaching! And once again all this is down to Motion Control Dance,  an amazing organisation that has inspired so many young people and left me with the best child hood memories all children should experience!

    Nioami Everitt Dancer
  • My daughter loves her dance classes.  They have given her loads of confidence, she is so happy and enjoys taking part in the shows

    Kelly Bryant Parent
  • I have been a dance leader for Motion Control Dance for awhile now and have completed my 100 hours Star Award. I love working with the under 6s classes every Saturday as it makes me feel like I have something to look forward to. I feel like a cherished part of the team at Motion Control Dance as they give me opportunities and experiences that I enjoy.

    Chloe Thomas Dance Leader
  • “My daughter absolutely loves Motion Control Dance and her team, she has been going since she was 4years old she’s now 9.  She learns something new every session and feels part of a dance family.  I would highly recommend Motion Control Dance Studio.”

    Kelly McCarthy Parent
  • “It makes me feel happy as we have so much fun together learning new dance moves - we are like one big family supporting each other”

    Sholah Hurley Dancer
  • “Our daughter has been attending this fantastic studio for about the last 2 years, in that time her skills, confidence and the opportunities she’s had to perform in competitions and various shows has been second to none, massive thank you to all the instructors for everything you have done for our daughter, we look forward to what the future holds #DanceFamily”

    Martin James Parent
  • "The staff are fabulous with the participants, kind and professional"

    Gemma Wallace Activities Co-ordinator

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