• Hello from the expanding Make a Move team
• Partnership focus: 2 of our successful collaborations
• and other Make A Move news...
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It feels like spring is starting to arrive at last! The first few months of the year can feel a bit relentless and gloomy - movement is a great way to lift the spirits - so do like we do and Make a Move! (cheesey but true!)

Love from the
Make a Move team x

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New kids on the block 1

Matt Makes a Move!

We're delighted to welcome a new colleague into the Make a Move team - Matt Cleay, who started working with us this January, will be delivering work in schools.

Michelle says "We're really chuffed to welcome our first chap into the team, bringing with him lots of enthusiasm and bundles of energy - his specialist skills and experience will really add to the skill-set in the team."

We asked Matt to introduce himself:

"Hi everybody! I'm Matt, a Dance and Movement Artist based in Bath. After studying at London Contemporary Dance School and Goldsmiths I worked for a number of years across Devon and the South West facilitating community and professional theatre work and helping to co-found an inclusive dance company for ROC Creative; a charity arts project working for adults with Learning Disabilities.

Since relocating to Bath in 2013 my work has been rooted in a variety of school and education based projects with a strong focus on advocating dance and movement within special needs education. For the last year I have been developing and embedding my 'InMotion' project at Threeways School, Bath; a process-led, multi-sensory and immersive dance, movement and communication programme for children and young people with severe and complex learning disabilities.

I am excited and energised to be joining the Make a Move family and to be given the opportunity to contribute to the inspiring work the team do! I've had a wonderful introduction so far, teaching a variety of KS1 classes in schools across the area and creating choreography for Batheaston Primary's contribution to Dance Umbrella. I can't wait to continue my schools work with the team and am looking forward to seeing all the creative talent and fantastic dance work on show at the Dance Umbrella performances in March!"

New kids on the block 2

Paula makes 'em move!

We're delighted to also welcome a second new person to the team - Paula has been delivering sessions for older people since the beginning of this year.

We asked Paula to introduce herself:

"I am Paula smith. I lead the Moving for the Mind sessions for older people in Weston, Bath. I have worked in the community and voluntary sector for 25 years, leading dance and movement sessions in London for many years before I started a family and moved to Bath. I specialised in working with older people, adults with learning disabilities and young people with physical disabilities.
The sessions in Weston are a real joy to facilitate with laughter, fun and a relaxed atmosphere for all of us. We welcome all local older people and in particular those who are experiencing memory problems or have a diagnosis of dementia.

One lady (M) said as she was leaving last week 'that was special' and I think I agree, what a privilege to work with such a great group of people."
Click on the images for more information on our Moving for the Mind sessions:



Work with mums with low mood

Sarah Haddow tells us:

"Our latest course for mothers with post-natal depression is under way and we are working with some incredible women to support them at this time.

We are very pleased to announce that we have set up a self-referral service so it's now easier for women to make a move towards getting the support they need.

If any mother feels that they need some support please see our website for further details."


Visit our website for more info about our work with mums with low mood or PND

Partnership Focus

Dance Notes

Dance Notes are dance resources for non-specialist dance teachers - resources that explore the curriculum through movement and music. Dance Notes promotes creative, collaborative, child-centred learning through movement. The methods used are informed by the research of, and developed in collaboration with, Make a Move.

Brian Madigan, founder of Dance Notes, and Michelle Rochester, Make a Move founder and CEO, have worked together in partnership for over fifteen years, creating these fantastic resources to make it easy for non-specialist dance teachers to provide excellent music and movement opportunities for their students. 

Recently Brian has been working incredibly hard to get his new website up and running and, now it is, we are even more proud to be affiliated with this wonderful resource!

Dance Notes are curriculum-linked, themed lesson plans and six-week programmes for KS1 & 2, complete with music and teaching notes. Resources are available individually or by monthly or annual license.


Visit the Dance Notes Website

Partnership focus

Dance Umbrella

Sarah Haddow, our dance movement psychotherapist and assistant CEO, says:
"Michelle and I have been busy preparing for Dance Umbrella for the last few weeks. It's Bath's biggest school's dance event and there is a tremendous amount of preparation that goes into it every year.

Dance Umbrella is another of our great partnerships - this time with the School Sports Partnership. This is our fourteenth year - every year we rely on volunteers to support us in running the event. 
This year we are doing an extra night to try to accommodate all the people who want to see the performance, but tickets are still very hard to come by. Dance Umbrella is a fantastic opportunity for all the children in BANES who get the chance to perform at the Bath Forum in front of an audience of over 2000 people."

And there's more

Other Make a Move news this month...


Waitrose customers donate over £200!

Make a Move were delighted to be chosen as one of December 2016’s charities as part of the Waitrose Community Matters campaign. Read more here

Breathe with Make a Move

Members of the Make a Move team attended Pavilion Dance South West‘s annual Breathe event, curated by Lois Taylor. Read more here

A grand day out...

The Make a Move team attend Breathe with PDSW 
L-R: Kara Herbert (dementia work), Paula Smith (Moving for the Mind),
Sarah Haddow (dance movement psychotherapist & assistant CEO),
Matt Cleary (schools), Michelle Rochester (founder & CEO)
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