Creative Moves @ Home

Posted: March 25, 2020 in Uncategorized

Let’s Get Moving Together


Hi Creative Moves Friends,

I’m sure missing dancing with all of you and hope that you are all well and safe at home like we are.  If you’d like to get creative and get some wiggles out, please join me and my crew on Tuesdays at 10am for Creative Moves at Home.  Once the class videos are posted on Instagram/IGTV & Facebook you can feel free to do the class at anytime that suits you, the recordings will be there for you to enjoy!  In addition, all the past classes will also be there to catch up on!

I recommend watching our Creative Moves at Home Prep video before you get started, it will give you details about what items you can gather from around your house to have on hand during class time.

You’ll find that classes will be broken into a part 1 & part 2 and all classes will run be around 20 minutes long!  The perfect amount of time for a kid & parent movement break!

You can access the videos on my Moving-Body Video Page.  If you “like” the page it helps the videos pop into your feed to remind you when they have been posted.

If you have Instagram then simply follow @amanda-duguid on Instagram or IGTV and the videos will pop up automatically on Tuesdays at 10am.

There are also “highlight links” on my profile on Instagram which you may find helpful for young and older kiddos!   “Busy Hands” is filled with ideas for 3-8 year old kiddos to keep busy and be creative while learning at home.  “Brick Brothers” is a Lego challenge project setup by my 6 and 8 year old to engage and encourage kids everywhere to get building and creating.  And “Creative Moves” holds all info and links to class videos for our Creative Moves at Home classes!

Please reach out with any music requests, I’m making all the class plans, playlists and videos with the help of my kiddos and we’d love to include some of your favorite things in our classes!


Best wishes,


Ms. Amanda, Ethan, Liam & Clara





Creative Moves Summer Fun!

Posted: September 30, 2018 in Uncategorized

We shake

Creative Moves is an energetic dance-based class that encourages expressive movement & creative play, suitable for boys and girls alike!  This class is very much a mixture of all forms of movement using music, rhythm and imaginative play to help further develop physical expression, motor skills, balance, stability and self awareness!

Creative Moves is designed for under 5 year olds and while best suited to tots that can toddle on their own, infants are most welcome to join in the fun and during our Summer Fun Dance Parties older siblings are welcome to join too!  Participants must bring a parent or caregiver along to class.

Summer Fun Dance Parties will take place on the following Saturdays at 10:45am at Sudio Nia Moves, 508 Pecore Street:

June 8, 15, 22, 29

July 6

August 17

Each class will have a different “Theme” so join the Moving-Body Facebook page to stay up to date in case there’s an option for your child to dress up for the class in some specific way.  

The weekly Creative Moves Class will be back in the Fall on Mondays at 10:30am starting August 26th 2019.   For drop-in rates and class pack information visit Studio Nia Moves website.  

Please email for booking details or further information.
To keep up to date on current classes around the Houston area, please visit the Facebook page and “like” the page!



Introducing #3

Posted: February 2, 2018 in Happenings, Uncategorized, Updates


Dear Creative Moves Friends,

I’d like to introduce you to Clara, she’s what’s been keeping this creative Mommy very busy over the past year!  I’ve missed all my special movers very much but this little girl and her brothers have definitely been keeping me on my toes!

I was able to return to my Creative Moves teaching position at St. Paul’s School and Clara’s adapted very well to the time away from me (I’ve definitely missed her more than she misses me!).

I am not currently teaching any regular studio classes but I’m happy to announce that I’m taking event bookings for Birthday parties and group events.  So if you have a little mover and you’re looking for a fun and creative party idea, let’s chat!  Or if you are part of a Mother’s group and you’re looking for a special way to spend playgroup this week, these get togethers are always a hit too!

Feel free to email me at to discuss party/event details.  These events can be booked at any venue of your choosing but I do have a great relationship with Nia Moves Studio in the Heights and they have a beautiful studio/party room space that can be added on to my birthday package if you need a venue!

Thank you for bearing with me during my year off (how is my baby almost 1!) and I look forward to dancing with you again one day soon!

Best wishes,

Ms. Amanda



Dancing in the Rain...

Thanks so everyone who joined us at Heights Kids’ Day of Music, we had a fantastic time Dancing in the Puddles!

Creative Moves for Tots News

We’ve got another great month of dancing ahead!  Our first May class is Thursday May 7th and if you book into class online before the first class on Thursday you’ll receive a great discount on classes!

  • $48 online $56 pay at the door for 4 sessions in May
  • $15 single drop-in rate
  • Price is per family. Registration is for the adult accompanying the child(ren).
No make-up sessions for missed classes.
Creative Moves for Tots is an energetic dance-based class that encourages expressive movement & creative play, suitable for boys and girls alike!  This class is very much a mixture of all forms of movement using music, rhythm and imaginative play to help further develop physical expression, motor skills, balance, stability and self awareness!

This Mommy & Me class is designed for under 5 year olds and while best suited to tots that can toddle on their own, infants are most welcome to join in the fun!

Keep an eye out because we’ve got a great Summer Pass Deal coming your way as well!

Discovery Green

Thanks so much to everyone for coming out to Discovery Green today for the Toddler Tuesday Easter Egg Hunt!  It was a pleasure to dance with so many new faces!  Also a very big Thanks to Jill at BigKidSmallCity for letting me hang out at her booth before the Creative Moves for Tots dance classes!

I’m looking forward to seeing some new faces in the Creative Moves for Tots weekly class!  Class is held at Studio NiaMoves, 508 Pecore Street on Thursdays from 10:30-11:15am.  A drop-in rate is available but it is highly suggested to book ahead online due to increased popularity for the class.  Please visit the Nia Moves website to book individual or discounted monthly packages.

April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
  • $60 online $70 pay at the door for 5 sessions in April
  • $15 single drop-in rate
  • Price is per family. Registration is for the adult accompanying the child(ren).
May 7, 14, 21, 28
  • $48 online $56 pay at the door for 4 sessions in May
  • $15 single drop-in rate
  • Price is per family. Registration is for the adult accompanying the child(ren).
No make-up sessions for missed classes.
Heights Kids’ Day of Music

When: April 18, 2015

Where: Love Park in The Heights – 1000 W. 12th St. (77008)

Time: 10:00AM – 2:00PM

The Heights Kids’ Day of Music is a music festival all about bringing local music to our Heights community families. 100% Local Music. 100% Fun. Activities include a main stage with performances by local bands every 40 minutes; a secondary stage will showcase local businesses and non-profits that bring music to our community; and an instrument “petting zoo” will allow kids to get an up-close look at band and orchestra instruments, as well as meet opera singers.

Come spend a wonderful spring day with friends and neighbors and support your community!

I’ll be hanging out at the Nia Moves booth running a “Make your own egg shaker” craft for the kiddos.  Nia Moves will be offering a giveaway of 2 $25 Gift Certificates good for classes run by the Studio, including Creative Moves for Tots as well as Whole Kids Summer Camps!  I’ll also be running a FREE 15-min taster class on the 2nd Stage at 11:20am so please come join the fun!

If you would like to keep up to date with future events, class opportunities please visit the Facebook page and “like” the page!

Many people are looking for fun, indoor activities to do for Toddler birthdays, especially leading into the hot Houston summer, why not book a Creative Moves for Tots Birthday Party.  Classes can be held off-site or at the lovely Nia Moves studio, they also have a lovely little house available to book for cake/food following class!  Contact for further information!


Come join us at City of Houston and Heights of Health Sunday Streets this Sunday, October 12th at 2pm for a FREE Creative Moves Demo!  I’ll be at the Studio NiaMoves stall promoting a healthy lifestyle for you and your family through movement and dancing as a family!

Sunday in the Streets will be happening on 19th Street in the Houston Heights on October 12th from 12-4 pm.  The Nia Moves stall will be located in front of New Living, a green home store.

Creative Moves for Tots classes are open for registration, Thursday classes at Studio NiaMoves are on-going and our Tuesday class begins on October 21! 

Tuesdays 10-10:45am @ First Methodist Church Downtown (6 week class)

Thursdays 10:30-11:15am @ Nia Moves ($15 drop in rate or discounted monthly booking rate available)

For more details please click here.

The new Moving-Body facebook page just got setup so please visit and like the page to keep up to date on future classes and free demo classes.

Belated Thank Yous and Farewells!

Posted: July 27, 2014 in Updates
AWESOME Farewell Tea 2012

AWESOME Farewell Tea 2012

Admittedly, this post is far from belated but just plain way over due!  In my defense I did birth 2 small (well large) children, move to a new country, search and find a new home, move into said home and try to cope with above mentioned 2 small (well large) children in the past 2 years so maybe you will cut me some slack.  I understand if you won’t.

I wrote this over 2 years ago in the early morning hours of learning to cope with my new baby Ethan, while I was still living in Perth, Australia, so I hope that counts for something…

So we’re in the midst of packing all our belongings and starting our next adventure in the USA, Texas to be exact.  While so happy to be moving closer to family and friends in the States and the UK I can’t help but think what a wonderful life we’ve made for ourselves here.  We’ve both had great experiences in work, travel and play!

I also can’t help but think of the wonderful opportunities I was given to grow in my practice as an artist and teacher.  By opportunities I mean beautiful offerings of nurturing trust from so many individuals, organizations and companies in Perth.  Every job no matter how small or large gave me so many chances to re-examine myself as an artist and teacher!

I would like to extend a warm thank you to Francis Greep, the then Head of Music at the WA Opera Company.  When I arrived in Perth, the company did not currently have a movement program but Francis took a chance on a new transplant and together we developed and created an exciting addition to the Young Artist Program.  This relationship led to me directing the Young Artist Concert Series for four seasons and three years directing the companies lovely Opera in the Park.  If I every questioned my abilities, Francis was always there to push me forward and he opened me up to a whole new world of Opera!

Opera in the Park 2008 - Madama Butterfly

Opera in the Park 2008 – Madama Butterfly

The other company that can’t go without a huge thank you is AWESOME Arts!  I remember sitting on a sofa in Scotland 2 weeks before we began a 3 week journey across the globe to Perth, writing an expression of interest to volunteer at the 2006 AWESOME Festival!  A girl called Amanda wrote me back saying they’d love to have me work as an artist assistant for the festival and the rest was history.  I began working as Project Manager for the company in 2007 as well as accepting a role as one of their Creative Challenge Artists that year on the Make Your Move project.  Over the next 5 years I worked as a Project Manager on two different Community Development Projects and worked as an artist on 5 different Creative Challenge Projects, one of which (Open Book) I created and developed as Lead Artist.  I also worked our version of full time which meant almost every waking minute of November on 5 different AWESOME Festivals!  It was bittersweet to leave such a creative and caring work environment where the lines between co-workers and friends became blurred, well non-exsistent.

AWESOME Festival 2011 - Amanda & Amanda both circa 6 months pregnant

AWESOME Festival 2011 – Amanda & Amanda both circa 6 months pregnant

We are very excited to start the next stage in our journey but also cherish all the memories we’ve made and will take them with us forever.

AWESOME Festival 2009 - After Party

AWESOME Festival 2009 – After Party

Photo by Jarrad Seng

Visit Jarrad Seng Photography to check out lots of fantastic photos documenting the Voltaire Twins “Young Adult” video shoot!  Great job Jarrad, the photos look amazing!  Again, I had a great time working as the Choreographer on this shoot, the final video will be out soon, can’t wait!

The Voltaire Twins North American Tour Dates are now available, visit their Music & Tour Dates page to check them out and I promise you don’t want to miss the opportunity if you are Stateside to see this amazing Aussie band!


UPDATE: check out the Young Adult Video now available to view online.

Image  —  Posted: March 2, 2012 in Uncategorized
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Photo courtesy of Jarrad Seng Photography

Last week I had the joy of working with my lovely friends The Voltaire Twins again on their latest video for one of their newest songs, “Young Adult”.  The fun and quirky choreography for the 24 local high school students involved was as much fun to watch in action as it was to create!  After a four hour dance rehearsal during the week, the crew led by Director Ben Young set off on an ambitious day for the shoot last Sunday!  I was very impressed with the level of professionalism from everyone involved, especially the students, who would have been exhausted after dancing their hearts away all day long!

I’m sure the crew wished I had never suggested tearing up exam papers as confetti, but I can’t wait to see how all the confetti looks in the video!  The final video should be edited and ready to share shortly, can’t wait to get this one out there as our last video for Animalia was such a hit!

I’m glad that I decided to go for working on the project, originally the fact that I am 9 months pregnant made me hesitate, but at this point it looks like the video might be fully edited before my baby makes an appearance so I would have been very disappointed if I had not gotten to work as the choreographer on the project!

On another note, The Voltaire Twins have been invited to the USA and Canada in March 2012 to play at South By South West (SXSW) in Austin, Texas, and Canadian Music Week (CMW) in Toronto, Canada.  This is a huge opportunity for them to showcase their talent across the globe.

Please visit their Pozible fundraising page and help make their dreams possible!

Amazing Residency, Amazing Kids!

Posted: November 27, 2011 in Happenings

2011 Creative Challenge Punmu Montage from AWESOME Arts on Vimeo.

Check out this video created by my fellow AWESOME Artist, Jarrad Seng, during our stay in Punmu, a remote community in the north west of Australia.  We were guests of the community for 2-weeks as part of the AWESOME Arts 2011 Creative Challenge ’15 Minutes of Fame’ Project.  We worked on using video & photography to capture stories about the famous places in and around Punmu.  As we will be leaving Australia in June 2012, this will be my last residency with AWESOME Arts.  Over the last 5 years, I’ve visited so many amazing places and worked with some very special bright young things!

Enjoy the video, it’s truly beautiful and really captures the lovely spirit of all the kids and teachers we had the pleasure of working with during our 2-week stay in Punmu!

’15 Minutes of Fame’ currently has a collaborative exhibition of all 14 residencies from the past year as part of the AWESOME International Arts Festival for Bright Young Things.  The exhibition is being held at the 140 William Complex beside the Perth Underground Station.  If you live in Perth, please stop by to check out all the amazing work from the past year!  The festival runs until Sunday November 27th, so you’ve still got time left.

To check out other exhibitions and shows happening as part of the festival click here for a sneak peek of the works from the last few days of the festival.  Also here is a link to an article in the Pilbara Echo about the residency.