Our Vision

We believe every child needs to move. Movement through yoga, dance and play can make a significant contribution to a child’s physical, social, emotional and cognitive development. It helps children express themselves with their bodies, develop empathy and discover their own identity.

It is movement on the outside, but also from within.

Our Mission

We aim to create an international movement where people that share the vision of Moving Children come together and connect. We do this by spreading our philosophy around the world to educational professionals, care providers and policy makers. We share knowledge, support organizations, engage in meaningful collaborations with like-minded people and fund research on movement for children. The core of our work is to ensure our projects are sustainable and in time self-sufficient.

Moving Children will initiate projects in areas where learning through yoga, dance and play can improve children’s lives.
Together we can bring the joy of movement to every child.

 

Our Core Values

WE MOVE

Children, educational professionals, aid workers, parents, around the world.

WE CREATE

Classes, workshops, projects, trainings, movement curricula for schools.

WE SHARE

Our philosophy, knowledge, ideas, enthusiasm, passion for movement.

WE CONNECT

Like-minded organizations, professionals, cultures, people.

WE EMBRACE

Social and cultural differences.

WE LEARN

From each other and other inspiring people/organizations around the world.

Our Team

Laura Kool

Laura Kool

Founder | Project Leader | Teacher Trainer | Teacher

Moving Children started with a passion. After 10 years of studying, teaching dance and yoga, creating lesson plans, doing research and writing/editing for magazines, I decided to travel around the world to advocate for movement for children. During my travels, I connected with the most inspiring people and was blown away by the generosity and kindness of local communities. It was an incredible learning experience, which showed me that children all over the world need to move and that there are so many amazing projects out there that need support. The Moving Children Foundation is a dream come true. And with the support of this fantastic team I believe we can change many lives. www.koolart.nl/en

Sophie van Heesewijk

Sophie van Heesewijk

Project Developer | Teacher

After receiving a BA in Dance Education and MA in Arts Education, I started working as a coordinator of education, lecturer, as chairman for Dance and the Child International and a mentor/teacher for children with special educational needs. Through my work in Suriname and Brazil, I learned that dance is a powerful tool which can bring positive change to people and communities.
Moving Children is the place where I can fulfill my dream; giving children in the world the chance to amaze themselves and others with their own possibilities through movement. I hope that our projects encourage the young generation to make the world a kinder and better place.

 

Karina Karlsen

Karina Karlsen

Marketer | Teacher

I believe movement has a great, positive impact on brain development and general wellbeing, and that we are only seeing the beginning of the research that supports this. As more of us are discovering the importance of yoga and movement, I think it is vital that we transfer this knowledge to children early and empower them. That’s why I love Moving Children, and why I’m so happy my paths crossed with Laura through our passion for yoga. I help Moving Children to get the message across on all relevant platforms, using my experience from marketing. My background includes a degree in Business Management, which I combine with working as a yoga teacher. www.karlsenkarina.com

 

Board of Directors

Jaap Kool

Jaap Kool

Chairman

After my training as a drama teacher, I owned a store which sold theater make-up, costumes and dance clothes. After selling this store, I became a freelance portrait painter and make-up artist. Nowadays I focus on having a creative life in the broadest sense of the word.

I am a great supporter of art and creativity. Art in whatever form is the silent motor of society, it ensures that the general ‘feeling of happiness' comes to a higher level. Art is indispensable. That is why it is so important to bring large groups of people in contact with art, starting with children, for whom dance and music are the most accessible forms.

Miriam Reelick

Miriam Reelick

Secretary

From my own background as a movement scientist and experience as a dancer and yoga practitioner, I know how strong the effects of movement are on body and mind. The knowledge in this field is expanding rapidly. I strongly support the way in which we do not portray ourselves as experts, but learn from each other by sharing knowledge and inspiration.
I have known Laura for years as a passionate expert, teacher and fantastic person with a strong vision and drive. I have confidence in her expertise and ability to connect people and ideas, with respect for the local culture and community. Together we can make it possible for children to enjoy (the positive effects of) dance, yoga and play, all around the world.

Mijke van Hulst

Mijke van Hulst

Treasurer

Communication and self-development are essential for sharing, learning and gaining new knowledge. Communication can be verbal and non-verbal: in sounds, posture, expressions and movement. I believe more emphasis should be placed on non-verbal ways of communicating by implementing movement in education for children.
With my background and experience as a legal consultant, I, amongst other things, contribute to the agreements that the foundation enters into with various contacts. In this way we ensure that the goals we strive for are achieved in a qualitative and efficient manner and the foundation can continue its way to improve education for children.

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