Easter eggs, dance and pinot grigio in an English country village

I can’t believe that Gillian and I have just completed teaching Dance Technique grades 1-3; it was a marathon. We now have Josette (Switzerland) with grade 3 and Monica (Germany) on her way to grade 1, as well as Marianne (Switzerland) aiming for grade 2.

In Josette I saw someone who not only can dance well, but also can construct a dance sequence in a flash. I now eagerly await a choreographic piece from her.

Gillian, with support from my notes, is working on a Grade 1 book – aiming to be ready in 2015. Another step in the future syllabus planning for MMM. Look out for it.

The course was a great success and fun was had by all in the beautiful Bradfield village setting, experiencing the ‘Harry Potter’ dining room and winding down with lots of hilarity at the end of a very full day in the lounge. Join us next year for a combination of hard work, dance and fun.

Jan Houselander

Even with the easter eggs & pinot grigio, Ruth managed to look beautiful

Even with the easter eggs & pinot grigio, Ruth managed to look beautiful

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One Tears Apart

I found this popular piece of film extract whilst trawling through You Tube, under:

  • One Tears Apart (Landlord)
  • Baby Sleep – Lisbonne
  • Looks Very Jolly, Doesn’t It? (1921)
but this one this one is my favourite. Now MMM can add ‘Guest Appearance in Music Video’ to their list of achievements. Albeit a great achievement, I can’t help thinking that  our film contribution to the world of music could do with a little (lot) of updating. Fashion and trends change fast, and I am thinking maybe recreate the dance in the style of Beyoncé

Please note that this video uses footage from the BFI Creative Archive website. The BFI should be credited as following: “Original footage courtesy of the British Film Institute (BFI) under the terms of the Creative Archive Licence.” Thank you.

Wonderful Lodgehill Residential Dance Weekend 2014

In early February, I danced away a wonderful weekend at the MMM Lodge Hill Residential Dance Workshop. What I love about MMM courses is that they are all SO different almost as though they have their own personality! And Lodge Hill is no different. The accommodation is not the best in the world but the lovely old house is perfect for a cold winter’s weekend break, tucked away on top of a hill, surrounded by woodland and with magnificent views across the wintry landscape over the South Downs National Park. The food is superb and evenings spent chatting in the cosy, oak-panelled lounge after a full programme of MMM dance lead by the brilliant Jan Houselander, is bliss. If you haven’t done to yet, I highly recommend you give this course a try next year. It was a great weekend and I thoroughly enjoyed it.   Gail

We were joined Rosalind, an MMM teacher from Switzerland ‘I had a great time with you girls  and it gave me lots of ideas for my class, it’s always good to go back to the roots’

Despite my limitations, I had a great time at Lodge Hill amongst friends. Jan  was an enthusiatic and tireless teacher and had the class dancing energetically throughout the weekend.Thanks to all who attended the course and look forward to spreading the word and bringing more people along for next year.  Jeanmarie

Vincent Hantam on MMM

Following my career as principle dancer and ballet master in Scotland and Internationally, I am now looking to take full advantage of this very fortunate and rich experience and further develop my art as a choreographer. The choreographic medium I have chosen to work in is an area in which I have been drawn into latterly as a mature performer and teacher. It is inspired by the life work and philosophical approach to movement developed by Margaret Morris (MMM), although in many aspects contrasting to the classical background I was raised in, it is also aesthetically complimentary and draws on my own artistic pleasure and fascination for natural movement. The psychological and physical demands of this movement genre are unlike other dance forms, MMM is, and should be, accessible to all. My aim is to bring together, this established yet, in many accounts, uncharted movement approach with my own expertise and joy for dance and to re-establish it as an inclusive art form that crosses ages, cultures and identities and to make it readily accessible for a wider creative community.Image

So what is MMM?

Have you ever been asked this question? It seems to be one of the world’s best kept secrets. Out of 11 courses due to take place in 2014, only 1 is listed with the word ‘Dance’ in the title and promotes itself as a dance workshop.

Every MMM dance event brings out the snappers with their cameras and smart-phones, yet strangely, the preferred publicity images are picturesque location shots or experimentation with Word Art. A picture is worth a thousand words yet our creative, enthusiastic, diverse group of dancers and movers seem to prefer the use of words, rather than images of MMM in motion.

We are dancers, we love to dance and to see others dance and move to artistic stimuli. We love colour and motion mixed with music. It is time to tell the world, at every available opportunity, that we dance.The next time that you need to promote MMM think about this and maybe we will no longer be a best kept secret.

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