About Valerie

Valerie Baadh Garrett and colleagues work in four key areas: Movement and Learning; Executive Leadership; Women's Wellness, and Agile Aging. With live workshops, trainings, and media, we work to support educators, therapists and leaders through playful and transformative movement activities.

Featured Video

Five Little Bunnies.

This favorite finger game with a steady rhythm is perfect for young children in the springtime, and is featured in our book, Games Children Sing and Play.

At the finish, Valerie enhances the story with an interlude when the baker (and all his helpers) make more bunnies with big movements of pouring, kneading, and forming. More bunnies!

Learned from Joan Carr Shimer, who learned from Jennifer Smith, at Pinewoods Camp.

Most Recent Articles

2014 – 2015 Calendar: Workshops and Performances

Posted by on Mar 14, 2013 in Movement Academy Project, Movement in China, Workshops | Comments Off

  2014 Apr 16 – 18     Great Barrington, MA     Teach Agile Aging Workshop May 13            San Francisco, CA     Movement and Learning Jun 12 – 13     Shanghai,...

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Dancing Bransles: History Comes Alive

Posted by on Mar 26, 2009 in Movement Academy Project | 0 comments

Bransles are wonderfully vital dances that were part of villages festivals in the Middle Ages and ballrooms of the Renaissance.  The footwork and music of these dances are among the oldest in recorded history. ...

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Agile Aging

Posted by on Mar 19, 2014 in Movement Academy Project | 2 comments

We cannot fully prevent falls, but we can help in big ways and small to reduce risk of falling. We can help reduce fear of falling, practice activities to strengthen our balance and mobility.

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Dance As Movement History: An Introduction

Posted by on Feb 2, 2014 in Movement Academy Project | 0 comments

by Valerie Baadh While teaching social dances at San Francisco Waldorf School,...

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School Recess: The Adult’s Active Role

Posted by on Jan 14, 2014 in Movement Academy Project | 2 comments

If you ask young children, "What do you like most about school?" many yell "recess!" Recess is a fundamental part of the elementary school curriculum

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The Movement Art of Puppetry and Performance

Posted by on Sep 20, 2013 in Movement Academy Project | 3 comments

The Magic Lantern Marionette Theater, under the direction of Monique Grund, has been quietly performing iconic fairy and folk tales for young children

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Rhythm and Reflexes (or, Why We Rock Babies)

Posted by on Aug 4, 2013 in Movement Academy Project | 9 comments

by Kathy Fraser The dramatic rise in diagnoses of learning and behavioral...

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Sensory-Motor Reading Readiness for School

Posted by on Dec 20, 2012 in Movement Academy Project | 10 comments

Not meant as medical advice, these guidelines are intended to help parents and early-childhood educators...

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Nature-Based Learning for the Young Child

Posted by on Aug 6, 2012 in Movement Academy Project | 4 comments

Everyone needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may.....

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