Aly Hutcherson is a relative new comer to Tottenham, but in the short time she's been in the area she has set up Creative Movements Haringey. Through Creative Movements, Aly runs sessions using story telling, music and art to help help children form positive self images and build strong self-identities. Rachel Ho caught up with her to find our more.
Photo supplied: Aly Hutcherson, Director Creative Movements Haringey
Where did you grow up and what did your parents do?
I grew up in a small town in Minnesota, U.S. called New Prague. We had a house in the country, where you'd often find me building tree forts in the woods and dancing around blankets putting on shows for my family.
My mom worked in the office at the school district and I was one of the lucky kids who always had her home after school. My dad was a salesman who traveled all around the States, most weekdays he'd be away on business trips.
Describe your relationship to Tottenham.
My connection with Tottenham has been a growing one over the last year. I started attending more local council events in the Lordship Rec and visiting the Sunday market. I really enjoyed the family atmosphere of the area, so I decided to bring my business—Creative Movements Haringey—into the Lordship Hub Co-op.
What is Creative Movements and how did your involvement come about?
About a year ago, I found myself in a dead end office job, a position that was really weighing down on my creative energy. I remember a local franchise I used to work with a few years back, called Creative Movements Ltd. After one meeting, I knew I had found the next step in my journey.
Photo supplied: Aly running a Creative Movements session.
Creative Movements is all about nurturing creativity through movement and storytelling. In our classes, we invite children to participate in movement and storytelling to encourage creativity, curiosity and independent thought.
What benefits have you seen with children learning through movement and storytelling?
We live by the Creative Movements Ethos that through storytelling children will build solid foundations for literacy and through movement they will build confidence and strength, physically and emotionally. We encourage children to feel free to self-expression in order to find their own imaginations and creativity.
What are your plans for Creative Movements in Tottenham?
My hope is to create a safe environment for children to explore their own imaginations and creativity in Tottenham, starting with this new class at the Lordship Hub Co-op. I would love to offer these sessions for children ages 2-10 years in Tottenham over time to encourage our children to continue to build their creativity and imagination as they get older because even as an adult, we can still have a little fun!
Photo supplied: Children partiocipating in a Creative Movements workshop.
Anything you would like to add?
Creative Movements Haringey is truly a passion project of mine. I have always felt that my life's purpose is to inspire and influence others in a positive way. I am very thankful that I get to play in a world of make-believe every day and the best reward is seeing all those smiling faces.
Find out more about Creative movements: https://creativemovements.co.uk