There are numerous cases made for the recognition of the important part movement plays in cognitive development…the lack is rather in terms of hard evidence.

 - S.Davies.

MovementWorks® exists to prove that movement matters. We are an evidenced-based organisation. Our work is developed by a qualified dance movement scientist and supported by nationally recognized leading figures in education. Read About Us.

We are committed to ongoing research.

We provide inclusive dance-movement based intervention programmes that are mainstream and SEN appropriate. They are designed to optimise physical development enhance communication, global understanding and accelerate learning. Since 2011, our flagship Developmental Dance Movement™ programme designed subject to rigorous academic research, continues to evidence outstanding results.

Read more about Developmental Dance Movement (DDM) and find out more about our current projects.

Our specialist support team and practitioners are trained in Inclusive Practice and Special Educational Needs. Read more about the MovementWorks team here.  And view our SEN&D case studies, here.

We provide CPD career seminars for early years practitioners, teachers and SENCo’s. Contact us here about INSET training.

We also offer enjoyable informative workshops suitable for parents/carers and qualifying practitioners.

In addition, we can provide specialist higher education lecture and seminars suitable for those studying Sport, Movement, Early Years Education, Dance and/or Health Sciences. Book through your university.

Our outreach events have a community focus and promote movement awareness, encouraging an active and positive lifestyle.

Our Movement Mission

Movement is vitally important to the way we develop, to the way we communicate and understand each other, and to the way we feel, think and learn. Focusing on both the recreational and learning potential that dance movement has to offer MovementWorks provides movement education and experiences of the highest quality for our children, their carers and educators and our communities. Read our Mission Statement.

MovementWorks for Early Years

Every child deserves to have the best possible opportunity to learn. Today’s technology driven environment and sedentary lifestyle create deficits in our children’s development. The MovementWorks programme, Developmental Dance Movement™ is a direct address to our movement mission. A distinct approach of embodied cognition, integrating literacy, and mathematics, designed scientifically, applied artistically, specifically to enhance physical and intellectual development and increase the learning potential for children of all abilities.

Developmental Dance Movement supports learning across all areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1. Read the Founder and Creative Director Ali Golding’s published research.

MovementWorks for Autism

People on the spectrum (as well as everyone else) need to move!

  • Dr Stephen Shore EdD, Prof Adelphi University.

MovementWorks® has a team of autism specialists and Autism Movement Therapy practitioners.

Joanne Lara’s AMT  is a movement and music method which is a complementary progression from Developmental Dance Movement suitable for children to adults (7 and above). It offers an innovative, energetic and structured approach that stimulates the brain, aids sensory processing and communication, develops motor skills and addresses behaviours associated with ASD.  Learn more from our blackboard at the top-right of this page.

Grounded in academic research and special education pedagogy but with it’s heart firmly in the arts Joanne’s approach supports MovementWorks’ objectives in highlighting how dance has enormous power to optimise development and learning potential for all.

Joanne Lara: world reknowned autism expert, is on our advisory team.

MovementWorks Founder and Creative Director: Ali Golding MSc, PG Cert SEN, BA (Hons), FRSA.

MovementWorks Patron: Sir Robin Bosher KBE. Find out more about us here.


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