MOVEmeant is a Calgary based organization focused on intentional movement and free-form dance. We believe that physical movement plays a crucial role in overall mental, emotional and spiritual well being. We encourage our participants (of all ages and abilities) to explore self-awareness, self-respect, and self-development through our programs. We strive to support positive social connections and social awareness within communities. 

Our Mission

  • To encourage and foster self-development, self-confidence, and self-respect through movement and body awareness.

  • To support and create positive social connections within communities.

Our Vision

  • For all people to feel mutually supported and connected within their communities.

  • For all people to thrive through positive relationships and creative exploration.

  • For all people to seek mental, emotional, and spiritual development, through physical activity and awareness of movement.

Our Values

  • Community

  • Reciprocity

  • Creativity

  • Self Awareness

  • Social Awareness

  • Body Awareness

  • FUN

  • Exploration

  • Mutual Support


Who Is Behind All This?

Marie-Claire O'Donoghue - Owner, Facilitator

Marie-Claire is an energetic, creative, passionate young woman who grew up in a dance studio setting. From ballet, to jazz, modern, hip-hop, tap, and latin ballroom, she always adored dancing. After years of structured dance, she began exploring free-form dance, eventually finding her way to Ecstatic Dance. This practice of freedom of expression drastically changed the way she viewed her connection between physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being. She begun her studies in Dance/Movement Therapy, and has since been developing programs and workshops in Calgary and surrounding area.

Having worked with at-risk youth, adults with developmental needs, and various other populations for over 10 years, Marie-Claire knew it was time to share her passion of movement with her community. Thus, MOVEmeant was born. Marie-Claire is dedicated to encouraging people of all ages to explore movement in a positive, supportive environment. Through her programs, she believes in reviving and improving emotional awareness using body movement as a bridge to growth. 

Marie-Claire has been described as playful, fun-loving, adventurous, and "known to follow her heart". Creating MOVEmeant  has allowed her to follow her passion, live her purpose, and positively influence the lives of many along the way.

(Marie-Claire is currently training as a Dance Movement Therapist, through the American Dance Therapy Association (www.adta.org). She also has a variety of educational and professional trainings; including a B.A. in Economics from the University of Alberta, Standard First Aid/CPR, Valid Criminal Record Check and Intervention Record Check, Mental Health First Aid, ASSIST Suicide Prevention Training, Diversity and Inclusion Training, CPI Non-Violent Crisis Intervention, High Five Training, and a variety of others. Marie-Claire is passionate about continuing her educational journey in her understanding of dance and movement as a self development practice.)



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