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Summer Holiday Timetable 2014

We like to keep as many Movers and Shakers classes as possible running throughout the long summer holiday. This year we have our busiest summer programme ever. Below is a full list of all the classes running from 21 July until 5 September.

The bookings system has been updated, so now you can book only those classes that we are planning to run. However, please note that if we don’t receive a minimum of three bookings for a class, then we will cancel the session.

It’s more important than ever to book your place, so we know that there is a demand for the session.

Summer 2014 Class Timetable


  • Earl Haig Hall: 11 and 18 Aug and 1 September only
  • Highgate Library: every Monday except 25 August


  • Muswell Hill Library (except 29 July), Alexandra Park Library and The Old Dairy (except 29 July): all classes running as usual throughout the summer


  • Hornsey Library: classes running as usual throughout the summer (except 30 July)
  • The Children’s Hub: 13 and 20 August only
  • My Creche and Harris + Hoole: 23 July; 13, 20, 27 August; 3 September


  • Queen’s Wood Café and Highgate Library: classes running as usual throughout the summer


  • Alexandra Park Library and The Victoria Stakes: classes running as usual throughout the summer
  • Stroud Green Library: 25 July; 22 and 29 August; 5 September

For class times, please have a look at our booking timetable.
For venue details, please have a look at our venues page.

Christmas 2013

Movers and Shakers is having a break over Christmas and New Year 2013/2014.

There will be no classes from Monday 23 December until Sunday 5 January inclusive. We’ve now removed all these sessions from our bookings timetable.

Outside of these dates classes will run as usual. If you have already booked for classes during our Christmas break then you should have received an email from us letting you know that those classes aren’t running!

If your little ones would like to Move and Shake during the Christmas break, then why not get together with some friends and book us to come and do a special Christmas party for you? It’s only £80 for up to 20 children, and we’ll come to your home or any venue of your choice. Here’s how to get in touch with us.

Welcome to Movers and Shakers Ally Pally!

Well, the big news is that we have a funky new website! I hope that the transition has been smooth and you have found your way to our new bookings page. If there are any glitches in bookings over the next week then I hope you’ll forgive us – it’s been quite a project to set it all up at the new site!

The contact details you now need for all the Ally Pally classes (which includes Crouch End, Muswell Hill, Bowes Park, Stroud Green and Highgate) are as follows:

  • texts and calls to Gabi: 07817 420392
  • emails to Gabi, including party bookings:
  • general emails – e.g. bookings and cancellations:

We are concurrently launching our first franchise, Barnet and Southgate, which also covers classes in North Finchley. If you attend classes in the Barnet and Southgate area and you have found your way here by accident, then please visit this page.

We are coming up to Christmas and will need to make some timetable adjustments. We are working on these right now, and will post a Christmas Holiday Timetable on this website soon – so please keep an eye out for it. If anyone has already booked for classes that won’t be running (and I have spotted a few bookings for our Hornsey Library class on Christmas Day!) then of course we will be in touch by email.

Lots of our classes have become increasingly popular – how wonderful! Some sessions are even taking bookings into January. I’m delighted that you are all being so organised, and making sure that you are guaranteed a place at our most popular classes. Just make sure you keep a note of the classes you have booked for – especially if you are booking far in advance. Although we sometimes send out reminders the day before, we don’t always have time. I’m sure you’d rather not receive one of those stern emails we send out each month to ‘no shows’.

And please remember that if you need to cancel, even if it’s at the last minute, that’s absolutely fine. Just send me a text (07817 420392) or email us at and remember to include your child’s name and the venue.

Website launched!

We are delighted to announce the launch of our new Movers and Shakers website for the Alexandra Palace area.

This website covers classes in Ally Pally, Crouch End, Stroud Green, Highgate, Muswell Hill and Bowes Park. It contains information about when and where classes in the local area take place.

It also includes a booking page where you can reserve a place at any of our classes. We do not take payment over the Internet – you pay the teacher at the class, either by cash or cheque or by letting the teacher mark off one session on your six-session loyalty card.

Movers and Shakers is run as an independent franchise in several geographical areas. Each area has its own separate site where you can find out more about the classes in that area and who is in charge. You will also be able to use the website to book any class within that area.

On our central site you will find general information about Movers and Shakers, including our history, the background to our classes and the philosophy that underpins our work. Our central site also includes a guide to where in the country Movers and Shakers sessions are currently taking place.

We hope you enjoy using our new websites – we promise to keep it updated and to listen to any feedback you have.