The Motion Dance Collective (MDC) was founded in 2011 by director and choreographer Omari 'Motion' Carter. Since its beginnings MDC has gained worldwide recognition as a production company that produces thought-provoking work combining dance, digital arts, and film. using the hybrid practice that is screendance, to tell relevant stories with dance and the screen.
Several MDC films have been screened across the UK and internationally at both dance-film and mainstream film festivals including, Loikka Dance Film Festival (Helsinki, Finland), Cinedans Dance on Screen festival (Amsterdam, Netherlands) British Urban Film Festival (London, UK), Lightmoves Festival of Screendance (Limerick, Ireland) and most recently the San Francisco Dance Film Festival (U.S.A).
In 2016, MDC's short film 'End of the Block' won the UK Screendance Award at Perth Screendance Festival and following this, in 2017, short body percussion film 'Ease on Down' became a finalist in the Best Soundtrack category of the My Røde Reel - Short Film Competition.
The MDC's purpose is to innovate the screendance production process, present audiences with thought-provoking dance-on-screen narratives and engage artists with playful and educational digital-dance workshops.
OMARI 'MOTION' CARTER
FOUNDER & CREATIVE DIRECTOR
Omari is a screendance practitioner based in North London and, for the past decade, has been choreographing, teaching and performing for music videos, film, tv and theatre. His work revolves around combining hip-hop dance influences with a contemporary choreographic process. Resulting in the purposeful creation of narratives told through dance and the camera.
A first class honours degree in BA Performing Arts - studying dances within Hip Hop culture, dance-theatre and contemporary dance practices - led Omari to perform for 6 years in the west end and international touring productions of 'Stomp!'. Now Omari focuses on choreographing, directing, performing and producing a varied reel of dance on film work with The Motion Dance Collective and other established brands and artists. As a filmmaker, Omari has created digital-dance and documentary content for Breakin' Convention, Parkinson's UK, and Pioneers History Dance Festival to name a few.
As an independant choreographer and dancer, Omari has created works for Weetabix. Stanton Warriors, Greenpeace UK, Diabetes UK, ADAD (Association of Dance from the African Diaspora) and most recently has become associate movement director for the London International Gospel Choir.
Omari is also a keen workshop developer and continues to provide workshops/classes in body percussion. screendance, choreography and hip-hop dance genres at university, secondary and primary school education levels. Including visiting lectures and workshops for youth dance groups and performing arts specialised programmes.
Photo: Robin Jade Photography
BUSINESS & MARKETING MANAGER
Anna was born and raised in Bermuda and started dancing locally at the age of 5. In 2012 she graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland with a BA in Modern Ballet; a programme in partnership with Scottish Ballet. During her degree she discovered her love for choreography and collaboration so dedicated her final year project to exploring and discovering her own choreographic vocabulary.
In 2012, she moved to New York after being accepted into the Joffrey Ballet Trainee programme and completed another year of training, learning from some of the most established choreographers and teachers the city has to offer including Francesca Harper and Karole Armitage. Anna then went on to work in Bermuda with JarricoDance in 2013 and in 2014 she worked on a collaborative Bermudian art installation entitled ‘Triangle’, with an architect and a spoken word artist, which sparked interest internationally from New York to Berlin.
Alongside her experiences with MDC, Anna has also performed across the UK, dancing with Cirque Bijou, creating an original contemporary ballet with Krystal Lowe in Wales and most recently performing for a VIP event in London Fashion Week 2016.
Currently Anna is a freelance barre and yoga teacher. Graduating with her second BA (Hons) degree in International Business and Management she hopes to use her increasing skillset to propel The MDC to new heights.
Photo: Mandozzi Photography
James Williams is an ex-professional contemporary dancer. James originally trained at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and has worked full time as a dancer for a little over 5 years, touring both the UK and mainland Europe. He now works as a full time DoP in branded content and documentary production (both short and features).
James recently acquired his first feature credit as the technical consultant and lead editor for the feature documentary ‘Building A Dancer - A Vlog Documentary’ by director, Brendon Hansford. He is also the creator of a podcast; The Cinematography Journal.
James has filmed with some of the biggest national and international names in the dance network, including Alvin Ailey (American Dance Theatre) and One Dance UK. This accumulative experience makes him uniquely qualified to be a part of The Motion Dance Collective’s core team.