MovementWorks® exists to prove that movement matters

MovementWorks® is a charity offering movement education of the highest quality. We work within the education sector, from early years through to secondary and also with community groups that serve disadvantaged and vulnerable children, young people and adults. Our dance and movement programmes are proven to support both neurotypical and neurodiverse individuals at all levels of ability.

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.

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We are committed to ongoing research. We provide inclusive dance-movement based intervention programmes that are both mainstream and SEN appropriate. They are designed to optimise physical development to accelerate learning and to enhance communication and global understanding.

Developmental Dance Movement® (DDM)

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Our flagship programme Developmental Dance Movement was designed for Early Years and links to EYFS.

The programme was designed subject to rigorous academic research and continues to evidence outstanding results

Early Years
Foundation Stage (EYFS)

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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.

Autism Movement
Therapy® (AMT)

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

AMT is a complementary progression from DDM, suitable for children (age 7 and above) to adults.

Online On Demand

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A superb library of specialist dance & movement classes to help children, young people and adults with and without learning disabilities stay active and healthy both physically and mentally and have opportunities to learn through a movement based approach.

MovementWorks Specialist Team

Our specialist support team and practitioners are trained in Inclusive Practice and Special Educational Needs. You can read more about the MovementWorks Team, and view our SEND Case Studies.

MovementWorks for … Training, CPD & Keynotes

  • We provide CPD career seminars, workshops and keynotes for early years practitioners, teachers and SENCo’s. Feel free to contact us about INSET training.
  • We also deliver specialist higher education lecture and seminars suitable for those studying Sport, Movement, Early Years Education, Dance and/or Health Sciences.

MovementWorks in the Community

Our outreach events and programmes have a community focus and promote movement awareness, encouraging an active and positive lifestyle. We offer enjoyable informative workshops suitable for parents/carers, childminders and qualifying practitioners.


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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.

We invite you to read our Mission Statement and watch MovementWorks Founder & Creative Director Ali Golding deliver her message at TEDx Kingston-Upon-Thames. 

MovementWorks for Child Development

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® (DDM) is a direct address to our movement mission.

DDM is a distinct approach of embodied cognition, designed scientifically, with foundations in Montessorian pedagogy, 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.

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MovementWorks for Autism

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

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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 supports challenges associated with ASD. Read more about Autism Movement Therapy.

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