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.
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 more 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 to accelerating learning and enhance communication and global understanding.
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.
We provide CPD career seminars for early years practitioners, teachers and SENCo’s. Feel free to contact us about INSET training.
We offer enjoyable informative workshops suitable for parents/carers and qualifying practitioners. Our outreach events have a community focus and promote movement awareness, encouraging an active and positive lifestyle.
We also deliver 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 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 and their carers and educators. Please see our full Mission Statement.
MovementWorks for Early Years
Every child deserves to have the best possible opportunity to learn. Today’s technology driven environment and sedentary lifestyles 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, designed scientifically, applied artistically, integrating literacy and mathematics to enhance physical and intellectual development and thereby increase the learning potential for children of all abilities.
Developmental Dance Movement supports early 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 movement and music AMT programme is a complementary progression from Developmental Dance Movement, suitable for children (age 7 and above) to adults. It offers an innovative, energetic and structured approach that stimulates the brain, aids sensory processing, develops communication and motor skills and addresses behaviours associated with ASD. Read more about Autism Movement Therapy.
Grounded in academic research & 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.
- MovementWorks Founder and Creative Director: Ali Golding MSc, PG Cert SEN, BA (Hons), FRSA.
Joanne Lara, world reknowned autism expert is on our advisory team.
MovementWorks Patron: Sir Robin Bosher KBE.
Please read more about the Advisory team.