What are they saying about MMM Summer School?

MMM held it’s annual weeklong dance Summer School in the fine premises of the University of Chichester. This year it was possible to award several bursaries for selected teachers to attend, with the aim of forwarding their continuing professional development as well as profiting from their experiences. Additionally, it was also possible to award bursaries for students, providing an otherwise rare opportunity to enjoy and benefit from the variety of classes and attendees in an international environment.

Here are some of the comments from a few of the recipients of these bursaries:

dancing on the lawn

dancing on the lawn

I love the fact that there is so much history to Margaret Morris and that there is always information available on campus to see, and people to talk to about the history with people who are in fact PART of that history.

En effet, la summer school m’a servis à parfaire ma formation. Enseignante en France, je n’ai personne pour me donner des cours et qui n’avance pas, recule.

Beautiful moments, great experiences in a lovely and familiar atmosphere! I really want to come next year and meet you all again.

....and baby came too

….and baby came too

 

I have gained so much from this year’s summer school, in particular I have picked up on many improvements for my technique thanks to the brilliant teachers. My plan for MMM in the future is to teach all ages and to contribute to keeping the movement thriving.

My project is to continue my studies in psychomotricity and do the therapy exam.. maybe open a MMM course in Italy!

I feel stronger than before. This experience brought me one step closer to myself and happiness.

In the MMM (Margaret Morris Movement) book the description of this movement is: Recreational, Athletic, Creative, Therapeutic. I clearly felt all these aspects in the extreme.

La Planete des Singes - choreography by Evelyne Elbaz

La Planete des Singes – choreography by Evelyne Elbaz

… watching Tricannon (a dance form created by one of Margaret’s students) and partaking in Chant Hindu really gave an understanding of dance as an art, demonstrating Margaret’s influences and scope, and giving the opportunity to experience first-hand the dances and costume (for Chant Hindu).

So my plan is… To start work ASAP on Health Play qualification… To get my Basic Teachers Exam eventually… I feel I would like to assist those, just like me, with an urge to dance and move about and improve their health.

To meet others and discover the variety of people each with their own connection and share in that experience is one of the many reasons this dance movement is so special; I know from the week that I am not alone in my feeling of MMM as an extended family.

Leaving - choreography by Jan Houselander

Leaving – choreography by Jan Houselander

By the week’s end, I felt a greater determination, connection and purpose despite going our separate ways. … This week has given me a confidence I hope to share with the wider world and show people the uniqueness of MMM.

MMM were delighted to once again be able to hold their International Summer School (2015) in the University of Chichester. The campus has numerous dance spaces for classes and two performance studios for the end of week show, making it the ideal location.

A Killy Weekend

Sara in Action

Last year a new MMM weekend dance course was held for the first time in Scotland,
organised and run by Sara Lockwood and Chantal Bréavoine, which was something quite different and most enjoyable. So I was pleased to hear that the Scottish/French alliance was planning to go back to Kilquhanity (pronounced “Kilwanity”) for a second year. My curiosity and a real desire to attend a course at which I would not be teaching were in the back of my mind as I made my travel arrangements for April, allowing for the weekend in Scotland before returning home to Germany.

Research in Google had shown that Kilquhanity was in quite a rural location, and Sara’s excellent pre-course information confirmed this – so her quiet warning that the mobile phone network was not too reliable set me wondering whether I could last for four days without being able to go online. Or maybe this was just another deliberately arranged detail of this idyllic location that Sara and Chantal had chosen, among other reasons for its historic importance for MMM.

Reaching for the StarsTwo full days of creative work lay ahead of us as we gathered on the Friday afternoon and got to know each other (quite a group from England, and a lot of lovely Scottish ladies, some of whom were quite new to MMM), the studio, the three houses where we were accommodated and the plan for the weekend. Not to mention the wonderful catering provided by Jools, a local caterer who completely spoilt us all weekend. That alone would have been reason enough to be there, enjoying the sunshine and mild Spring temperatures. The programme was cleverly built up around the central theme of Rhythm, Sound and Music Composition as described in the book “Margaret Morris Dancing” and both teachers had prepared themselves thoroughly, with interesting classes involving sounds and rhythms which we made ourselves from materials found in the abundant nature around the studio. Jan Houselander also gave a class each day providing us with a break from the main subject, enjoying some fun MMM in between. A well varied programme was rounded off by relaxing evening sessions in the lounge – the final one finishing off with some – dancing, what else?

Killy was a delightful experience and an all-round success. Returning home to Germany the next day made me realise how far away from my normal life I had been over the weekend. I hope that Sara and Chantal will find an equally fascinating theme for the next episode of the course, as continue they must.

Gillian Goldberger

Goodbye Kilquhanity

Goodbye Kilquhanity