Samantha McCormick

Co-Founder / Director

sam@curelwellbeing.org.uk

+44 (0)7740 366 365

Halifax, United Kingdom

I am a Dance Artist, creating ambitious opportunities for all people to move, explore, express & create.

Alongside Curel, I am Head of Dance for Flamingo Chicks, an inclusive dance school, which provides opportunities for disabled children and those with illnesses to enjoy ballet alongside their friends and I am also an Associate Artist for English National Ballet, leading creative repertoire workshops in schools and theatres across the UK. I also teach as part of the Learning and Participation team at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance in Leeds. 

When studying for my Masters degree I became increasingly interested in the links between movement and dance with health and I focused my research on the influence of somatic practice on my work as a dancer - learning to explore on how it feels to move rather than how you appear from the outside. This approach enabled me to heal old injuries, getting rid of pain I had had in one of my legs for over two years previously! This inspired me to use these skills and knowledge to help others. 

I have also worked as a performer and choreographer, including creating dance film work, which has been presented in the UK and abroad, including Stockholm Festival Fringe (STOFF) and Footprint Dance Festival, London.

I trained at Bretton Hall (University of Leeds), the Scottish School of Contemporary Dance and completed my M.A. in Contemporary Dance at London Contemporary Dance School in 2013. I am also a qualified Complementary Therapist.