Sherborne Developmental Movement

Sherborne Developmental Movement is an approach based on the philosophy and theory created by Rudolf Laban, the of Modern European dance and movement analysis.

It was devised by Veronica Sherborne after she workd closely with Laban for two years. Her approach to teaching movement is firmly rooted in both observation of how children play in the normal course of their development and then grounding these observations in the philosophy and theory of Laban's movement analysis.

At TRACKS, we are fortunate enough to have Alleyne Cliff an International Course Leader in SDM who has adapted Sherborne to be used with the children at TRACKS.

There are two basic objectives within Sherborne Developmental Movement:

Awareness of self

This is gained through movement experiences that help the person concentrate so that they become aware of what is happeneing to their body, 'listening' via touch and inner physical sensations rather than our usual way of looking and thinking. This suports the children in becoming aware of their bodies, what their bodies can do and how they move through space - improving coordination ,strength and leading to a growth in self-esteem and confidence on both a physical and emotional level.

Awareness of others

The next step is to begin to learn to move around and interact with others in ways that encourage the further development of trust and the building of positive relationships. These movement experiences enable to person to be appropriately supported while being encouraged to explore their unique creativity through shared experiences.

Benefits of using Sherborne Developmental Movement

  • Develops good self-esteem and helps children to form positive relationships
  • Improves emotional and physical literacy
  • Extends and improves communication and creative expression
  • Builds learning power, thinking and supports problem solving
  • Supports the prime and specific areas of learning in the EYFS