On a Mission to Move

EduMotion is an organization guided by its mission to energize schools and communities by fostering inclusion, respect and social awareness through the joy of movement.

Social Emotional Learning to Energize and Engage your Students

EduMotion develops programs, products and services that energize and engage classrooms through movement and hands-on learning.

Our evidence-based curriculum supports the 25 essential Social Emotional Learning (SEL) competencies as outlined by CASEL.  

We're bringing SEL, movement, and cultural education to students everywhere

Informed by over a decade of experience, we’ve created SEL Journeys as a digital learning tool which supports educators looking for innovative ways to affect school culture and academic performance.

More than 1,000 educators in the Chicago market have engaged with our flagship program (dancingwithclass.org) and consider us a leader in Social Emotional Learning (SEL) within the region.

SEL Journeys integrates movement and SEL with classroom curriculum, and allows us to expand our impact beyond Chicagoland, reaching students around the world.

Our energetic team of Teaching Artists and SEL Specialists

Our Founders

Margot Toppen

Founder and CEO

Margot’s career as a visionary leader includes 15+ years working at the intersection of Social Emotional Learning (SEL), arts, and physical education. In 2006, Margot developed Dancing with Class, now a highly sought-after program delivered in hundreds of Chicago-area schools each year.  A graduate of Northwestern University, she recently completed Kellogg’s non-profit executive program, with a focus on innovation and leadership. Margot is a dynamic presenter who frequently appears at conferences related to SEL, arts, and physical education. In a past life, Margot worked as a multimedia content producer, and she is excited to be putting some of those skills back to use with the launch of EduMotion: SEL Journeys. 

Trevor Toppen

Co-Founder and CFO

Trevor is an innovative leader with a unique breadth of experience to effectively lead an organization in today’s challenging business environment. Trevor has served as a manager of manufacturing and service operations, purchasing departments, business development teams, information systems and strategic planning / product development. Trevor’s extensive hands-on experience in entrepreneurial environments includes the launch of two successful companies, as well as consulting for dozens of small to mid-size companies in industries ranging from technology to agriculture to health & wellness.

Our Partners

Our Advisors

Joy, Noah, Anya and Paz bring you a new dance lesson every month!

Join our community to get the Dance of the Month and SEL resources to use in your classroom!