Our Story

How we started

e.motion21 was founded by Cate Sayers, after she was unable to find an appropriate dance class to meet the learning needs of her daughter Alexandra, who has Down syndrome.

Utilising her background in Human Movement Science, Cate held the first class in Kew in April 2009, with six children aged 6 to 9 years.

Word quickly spread about the dance program, and soon families were travelling from all over Melbourne and country Victoria to attend the weekly classes. Demand quickly outstripped supply and a larger location was found.

In December 2009, Cate formalised the dance program by forming a Committee of Management, incorporating as a non-profit association and naming the program e.motion21.

Since then, the organisation has established nine sites across Victoria and enrolments have grown significantly.    We have strong plans for growth.  These include more participants in more classes at our existing locations and expanding our programs both within Victoria and nationally.

Today, e.motion21 is a fully endorsed Australian charity. Recognised as a public benevolent institution, e.motion21 Inc. is endorsed by the Australian Tax Office as a deductible gift recipient, with all donations over $2 being tax deductible.


Our Name & Logo

The human chromosome is fundamental to Down syndrome. Essentially, people with Down syndrome have either all or part of a third copy of chromosome 21.

The e.motion21 logo is a graphic interpretation of a chromosome which has been made into a fun and spontaneous figure, very much at the core of e.motion21 and its activities. The logo is also constructed from 21 circles.

The e.motion21 name was created by founder Cate Sayers. The name reflects the joy (emotion) and physical movement (motion) facilitated through the program, and clearly identifies the population being served, those with Down syndrome (21).

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