Leyla Carter

Founder of The Motivation Project

Leyla is originally from Newcastle upon Tyne where she discovered her passion for dance. Aged 21, she gained her BA(Hons) degree in Dance at the University of Leeds where she was elected as the Union’s Dance Representative; looking after fifteen diverse dance societies and training as a workshop facilitator. In this role, Leyla acted as a spokesperson for all Union dancers and founded/directed the first LUU (Leeds University Union) Dance Competition, to raise money for charity.

In 2012 she travelled to New York City to train intensively at Broadway Dance Centre, moving to London in January 2013 where she is currently based. Leyla began working as a professional commercial dancer/model as well as completing further professional training with Dance London, and later began training as a Youth Impact Coach.

The Motivation Project is Leyla’s own enterprise and is the product of skills and interests developed during her time both in education and following career.


“Whilst working as a dancer, I became dissatisfied with the trivial side of the industry. Despite becoming acutely aware early on of the superficial charms of entertainment, I still found myself feeling emotionally drained and, at times, disengaged about my future career.

Dance was something that had always been a passion of mine; it provided stability during turbulent times in my teenage years. I believe that the power of dance runs much deeper than surface appearance. I wanted to find a way to merge Youth Impact Coaching and my experience as a dancer, so I set up The Motivation Project.

I now have the opportunity to use dance in a unique way; to prove that physical engagement can help young people to maintain positive mental health. Luckily, so far I have found that teenagers of different backgrounds from various corners of the country seem to agree.”- Leyla