ideas banner

Meet Our Neighbours: ONE Movement Dance Centre


Life + Learning

  • Photo of Autumn dancing in Idea Exchange, Queen's Square

Gabrielle, Queen's Square | May 20, 2020

“There are shortcuts to happiness and dancing is one of them.” - Vicki Baum 

I have always loved dance. From twirling in a big skirt when I was a little girl, to my more recent family dance parties in my kitchen, I am a big fan. I love all kinds of dance – ballet, ballroom, tap, gorgeous cultural dances from all over the world – I can’t get enough. I dare you to be sad while you watch a lively Bollywood number. You can’t. It’s impossible.  Well it ends up there is some science behind why dance makes us feel so good. Dance has been proven to improve self-confidence, reduce anxiety and alleviate stress.  

Lucky for all of us, Autumn Fernandes started ONE Movement Dance Centre right here in Cambridge so you can reap all those health benefits AND have fun doing it. They welcome people ages three and up to participate in the wide variety of classes in a friendly, judgement free atmosphere. Try ballet, tap, jazz, acro, hip hop, contemporary, theatre, or break dance. During the pandemic, they have continued to hold classes online. Summer dance class registration is now open and fall dance registration begins in June. This summer they will move to their new location at 15 Wellington Street in Cambridge. Watch their website for more information about their open house in August at or give them a call at 519-740-0555. 

Now shove that coffee table out of the way and join Autumn for a quick, easy to follow routine suitable for the whole family! 

Can’t get enough dance? Try these great resources: 

Enjoy a favourite children’s story Giraffes Can’t Dance in video form on Kanopy Kids. 

Watch this stunning modern film adaption of Jerome Robbin’s 1958 “ballet in sneakers” New York Export: Opus Jazz. It’s filmed in interesting locations all over New York and set to Robert Prince’s jazzy score. 

Read this article from by Sir Ken Robinson on why dance is just as important as math in school.

Learn about eccentric, electric, and leading-edge dancers, choreographers, and dance companies in this great documentary series: Freedom

Meet Our Neighbour series is all about introducing you to local businesses, makers, and performers, as well as some additional resources from our collection.

Get Moving with ONE Movement