e.motion21 is a not-for-profit organisation that provides Australian-first, innovative dance and fitness programs for children and young adults with Down syndrome.

The Program volunteer or ‘Mover’ is a support of the teacher in the class and their role is to assist the teacher to ensure each e.motion21 participant is engaged, learning and participating ensuring they access the benefits of the program i.e. developing in movement skills (e.g. physical skills), experiencing the psychological benefits of the program (e.g. the joy of movement, new friendships, and power of ‘belonging’ in a community etc.) and is being encouraged to grow in the social skills that come from working in a team environment.

The role of the class mover can be likened to that of an assistant coach (with the teacher being the coach!). The mover encourages full participation from the participants in the class, believes in their potential and helps to bring out their best.

Being guided by the teacher and customising your style to suit each individual’s needs, your role is to assist the participants to develop their skills to the best of their ability. You are a role model for the participants in class with your contagious enthusiasm and positivity. The teacher may assign you different roles in the class such as assisting with behavior management of a small number of participants; one-on-one time with a particular individual who requires additional help or being a role model for the class and following the teacher’s instructions.

e.motion21 operate six sites across metropolitan Melbourne and one in Ballarat. Classes have been moved online, with a view to be back face to face when safe to do so.

  • Complete an emotion.21 application form
  • A valid Police Check (within the last 4 months)
  • A valid Working with Children’s Check or willing to obtain.
  • Phone interview
  • Provide two reference checks, one may be written
  • Complete online training
  • Commit to a minimum one class a week for one whole term.
  • Provide own black pants and black shoes (runners), e.motion21 T-Shirt will be provided.
  • Commit to a minimum one class a week for one whole term.
If you are participating in this opportunity under community engagement time release, then you are covered by ACU's insurances. If you are accessing this opportunity as a volunteer outside of ACU, then you are NOT covered by ACU's insurance policies. If accessing this opportunity as a volunteer we strongly recommend you confirm with the organisation that they have appropriate insurance for volunteers.

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To register your interest in this opportunity, please email ACU Engagement.


This opportunity qualifies for community engagement time release (CETR)

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