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In an exciting new commission in collaboration with the Essex Education Taskforce and Adult Social Care, DNA was asked to create a new intergenerational dance project for the Essex Year of Numbers.

The Every Move Counts project featured two 12 week long intergenerational programmes based in Tendring, that culminated in a celebratory event; working with older adults specifically living with Dementia and young people in primary school settings from Key Stage 1. 

The Essex Year of Numbers is a countywide campaign that aims to inspire a love of learning, focusing on numeracy. Read more at

Please take a few minutes to watch the Every Move Counts films below.



Scroll down to read about the amazing team that delivered this project.

Lead Artists

Bobbie Gargrave


Bobbie is a highly experienced specialist PE/Dance teacher and consultant who works with all ages across London and Essex. 

Bobbie has an extensive training background having studied at St.Marys College, Cheltenham, Trinity Laban and Roehampton. She has authored many early years dance and music books on collaboration with Daria Wignall such as Let's Go Zudie-O and its sister book Lets Go Shoolie- Shoo. She was also the collaborative author along with Sue Trotman for the Top Dance programme for Youth Sports Trust. 

Bobbie now spends her time sharing her practice within Barking and Dagenham, Enfield, Newham and Braintree, in addition to working and supporting the Dance Network Association. 

Laura Wright

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Laura started her professional training on The Northern School of Contemporary Dances Centre for advanced training programme (CAT) , from here Laura went on to study musical theatre and dance at The Urdang Academy in London.

Upon graduating in 2009 Laura has worked across the UK touring in plays, musicals and dance companies. She has starred in tv adverts, radio plays and pantomimes. Laura was also selected to be on the 2019/20 co-hort of the "Overture programme" ran by by Matthew Bournes New Adventures dance company.

She now lives in Suffolk and has been teaching in the community for 9 years. Laura is now a community freelance practitioner and works with incredible organisations, charity's and groups to deliver dance and movement at a high level.

Support Artists

Katelyn Holman


I have known and been apart of DNA for probably around 5 years.


Having gone off to dance college and recently graduated, I’m starting my professional career.

Rosy May


Rosy May is an vibrant dance artist living in beautiful Ipswich.

She uses her creativity and energy to share different cultures, histories, music and stories through the medium of movement. Her most well known work is the film: The Islands- a Caribbean dance led film on youtube. Rosy is an autistic artist who currently works all over East Anglia, and has recently been devising one person show Rosy May: Finding Joy.


Lizzie Reid


Lizzie is an illustrator, designer, creative director and project coordinator on social impact projects.

Helping experts to help their communities by transforming complex and abstract information into creative, practical and accessible resources that last a lifetime, rather than a click.


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