Amanda Watkinson

CEO and Dance Teacher

Amanda is the CEO of Move Momentum and has been overseeing the running and development of the charity since 2018. In this role, Amanda started the GEMS, over 65s classes, and Liberate Dance, wheelchair dance classes in collaboration with Vickie Simmonds and has developed our care home and workshops programme. 

Amanda teaches the Liberate Dance classes as well as classes and workshops for care homes, community groups and schools.

Amanda has been teaching dance for 9 years and studied Choreography and Dance at the University of Winchester, during which time she participated in their study abroad program spending a semester training at a conservatoire in the US. Amanda has a passion for community dance and specialises in delivering dance sessions to support well-being and for people with physical and learning disabilities. Amanda’s main training has been in contemporary dance techniques but also teaches street dance, jazz and musical theatre. 

In addition to her work at Move Momentum, she also teaches for Blue Apple Theatre, Florian School of Dance and Starcast Performing Arts. She has also been a guest lecturer at the University of Winchester and has been the choreographer for the carnival that is part of Winchester’s Hat Fair.

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“I just love seeing how dance and movement can connect individuals and bring joy to people.

I ensure my sessions are as enjoyable and as inclusive as possible so that everyone in the room is getting something from the class, and everyone feels comfortable and able to express themselves.

I hope to continue to grow Move Momentum so that we can make dance accessible to even more people.”

Amanda has the following certificates

    • DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service): Enhanced Certificate
    • The University of Winchester: Bachelor of Arts in Choreography and Dance with Upper Second Class Honours
    • 1st4sport Qualifications: Level 3 Award in Supporting the Delivery of Dance in Physical  Education and School Sport
    • CPD Online College: Safeguarding Children Level 3 – Designated Officer
    • Bandaid First Aid Training: QA Level 3 Award in Emergency First Aid at Work (RQF)
    • MHFA England: Mental Health First Aider
    • MHFA England: Mental Health Aware
    • Street Games Training Academy: Youth Mental Health First Aid Awarenes
    • Citizens Advice Winchester District: Advice First Aid
    • UK Coaching: Inclusive Activity Programme
    • CPD Certification Service: Dancing Memories
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