What is Developmental Dance Movement?

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The MovementWorks Developmental Dance Movement Programme is innovative whole body learning. The programme has been designed by an experienced dance practitioner and qualified movement research scientist.

Latest research confirms that almost 50% of children of Reception age have deficits in their physical development. Findings indicate that inadequate motor skills correlate with lower academic attainment. Conversely an appropriate early intervention is likely to have a positive impact on lifelong learning potential.

The MovementWorks Developmental Dance Movement Programme is designed specifically for this purpose. The programme can be combined with specially developed integrated progress checks, which assist early years observational practice and early years practitioner professional development making it beneficial for children and their educators.

What happens in a Developmental Dance Movement Session?

Sessions normally last between 35 - 45 minutes. They are unique in a number of important ways:

Scientifically validated and carefully crafted

Grounded in rigorous academic research and informed by Montessori observational practice. Sessions take the form of various dance movement based games and activities. They are not focused on learning particular dance styles or steps and are therefore appealing to boys and girls. They are physiologically sound, safe and advocate inclusivity.

Appropriate stimulation develops a strong foundation for learning

Children are encouraged to practice fundamental physical skills which appropriately stimulate their visual, vestibular and proprioceptive senses. This enables the specific co-ordination and control which will most directly assist the developmental maturity required to support school readiness and allow children to excel in all areas of learning.

Fun and Informative

The programme takes into careful consideration both the recreational and educational potential dance has to offer. Sessions closely link with other specific areas of learning, particularly literacy and maths, and so contribute to the forming of a baseline for the National Curriculum. Enjoyable whole body recreational activity fosters the physical, social, emotional and cognitive potential of each child and provides multi-sensory learning opportunities which are complimentary to different learning styles and needs.  Please see Essex TV's feature on Developmental Dance Movement in relation to World Autism Awareness week here.

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