Celebrating Diversity Through Dance


Participants experience:

Positive change in mental well-being85%
Improved sense of belonging to the community90%
Positive change in physical health85%
Value created by every £1 invested£4.45
Social Return on Investment (SROI) analysis
by Social Value Cymru 2022


Check out our timetable of classes and workshops.

We have activities for people of all ages and backgrounds including free classes in Bristol and Liverpool.

What people say

“Dance is the most popular activity in our programme now”

Support Worker at the Peony Project

‘Movema has a great approach to teaching, great in sharing cultural knowledge’

World Fusion Class participant

What We Do

Cultural Communities

‘We can share experiences bringing the community together. Seeing the whole world as a big family without barriers allows everyone to appreciate each other’s culture’
Project participant

Children and Young People

‘We have seen some developments in B’s mindset and approach to performance, focusing on positive thinking and positive reflections’
Unlock the Box Youth project

Creative Productions

I love the way diversity is really embedded in the [performance] work, it’s the real deal and there’s a sense of warmth and celebration that comes through.
Angus MacKechnie, Director of Outdoor Arts UK

Creative Pathways

Building a relationship with Movema and other artists, and knowing that additional support is available has made me more confident to pursue learning and working in the field.
Addae Gaskin
Wildfire Rising

recent highlights

Wildfire Rising

We are celebrating the end of the second year of Wildfire Rising in North West. The development programme removes barriers of inequality by investing in and supporting Global Majority dance artists.  Led in collaboration with Cheshire Dance & funded by Arts Council England.

A group of adult dancers in bright coloured Indian skirts and tops lift their arms to the side in unison

Happy Diwali

Dancers from our weekly World Fusion, Bristol group performed at the Happy Diwali event run by AICA Avon Indian Community Association, Southern Brooks and South Gloucestershire Race Equality Network, in Thornbury in November.

Lunar New Year

We’re proud to have delivered a full programme of Lunar New Year events across Liverpool and Bristol region this January and February. Activities included dance, martial arts, storytelling, calligraphy and tea ceremonies!

All Things Dance Bristol

Partnering with Diverse Artists Network for the third year. Movema programmed All Things Dance an event that provides networking and showcasing opportunities for professional dancers and dance enthusiasts in the South West.

What Guides Us

Movema celebrates diversity through dance, creating safe spaces for different communities to come together and learn about each other through high-quality arts experiences.


Bristol Harbour Festival

For the first year Movema are partnering with Trinity Community Arts to curate one day of the Dance Tent programme, taking place in Queens Square on Sunday 21st July. The day runs from 11-6pm and includes performances and workshops for everyone to enjoy!

South Gloucestershire & Bristol Refugee Festival

On 15th June we are hosting Celebrate With Me for the third year in Page Park. This free event promises to provide an uplifting programme of dance and music from around the world including people with lived experience from refugee communities.

Africa Oyé

For the 15th year, Movema will be running the Oyé Active Zone as part of the amazing free festival weekend in Liverpool! We expect hundreds of people to join us to dance, drum and take part in wellbeing activities 22-23 June 2024.

Welcome back Maria

Our CEO Maria Malone has returned to Movema, not only from maternity leave, but also a development trip to Brazil supported by ACE Elevate. Maria will be sharing her Brazilian dance practice at U.Dance and in our Liverpool World Fusion classes from Monday 10th June.


The pupils who took part in the performance have all had such a fantastic experience and the whole school was delighted to enjoy the presentation of the rehearsals and performance. Inspirational!

Cath Piercy, Childwall Abbey School 

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