Thursday 2nd July 2020


​Local Winchester dance charity, Move Momentum is celebrating after being crowned ‘Dance Class of the Year’ in the South England Prestige Awards.


The awards recognise small and medium-sized businesses and charities that have proven to be the best in their market, demonstrating strengths in areas such as quality, service excellence, accessibility and sustainable methods of working.


Since 2019, the charity has provided accessible dance classes to three main groups:

  1. Wheelchair users – Liberate classes are the only exclusively wheelchair-based dance classes in the UK

  2. Young people – Academies have been created in three of Winchester’s four council estates, providing classes to 25 young people in the local area.

  3. Over 65s – GEMS classes are held to support the older adult community. 


During the lockdown, Move Momentum took the decision to take their classes online to reach their regular participants as well as anyone else who would like to tune in to stay active during isolation.


Since 20th April, Move Momentum has delivered eight virtual dance classes per week free of charge through the use of Zoom, Facebook Live, Youtube tutorials and TikTok challenges.  


All of the GEMS (over 65s) exercises have also been made publicly available on YouTube for any older adults that want to keep fit during the lockdown.


Amanda Watkinson, Project Manager, Move Momentum says ‘We are delighted to receive this award and have our work recognised. Myself and the team here at Move Momentum are passionate about making dance accessible to all and we love seeing our students reap the physical, social and emotional benefits of our dance classes.  We’re looking forward to getting back in the studio when it is safe to do so!’





Amanda Watkinson – Project Manager, Move Momentum

Phone: 01962 809234