Jan Around The World

JAPAN DOING EGYPT

JAPAN DOING EGYPT

Having had the privilege to train with the late Jim Hastie, his belief in me opened up wonderful teaching opportunities. My teaching started in London, England and over the years it has expanded to many countries around the world.

I have seen wonderful places with invitations to teach in France, Switzerland, Canada, Germany, Greece, Australia and Japan. I am always thrilled to experience the contrasting cultures. Often, I am also lucky to be escorted off the beaten track to places of beauty or history by a local who is proud to educate me in the wonders of their country.

CANADA DOING AFRICAN CHRISTMAS

CANADA DOING AFRICAN CHRISTMAS

In each location I see eager faces and bodies willing and wanting to learn about MMM dance, its history and technique. It is universal and all are eager to progress, to see what the next challenges bring and get lost in the love of dance – I hope that this never changes. I have been part of many exhilarating MMM gatherings, and am reluctant to point to individual experiences, as they have all been so fabulous.

I can’t believe how lucky I have been, and am grateful to all who have invited me to teach. Their generosity, kindness, support plus the many excursions outside of teaching made each occasion unique. From every trip I bring home a memento to hold the experience close to my heart.

Dance training with MMM is just a start and is accessible to anyone who has a love for movement, but for those with teaching potential, it can open up a world of experiences. So start your training now – the world is your oyster.

Jan Houselander

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HOW I BECAME INSPIRED TO WRITE THE NOVEL ISADORA & LUCIA

The MMM membership is blessed with a variety of artistic and creative dancers. Here is the story of one of them.

Donna Wootton

Donna Wootton at work

When I decided in my retirement to offer MMM classes they did not go well. It was hard to attract participants to something that was not understood. There was much competition in the small town where I now live. Many activities were offered to the public that are well known. By the time I arrived at summer school in 2010 at Chichester I felt defeated. That was my state when I came across a book on Lucia Joyce, daughter of James Joyce. It was a hard cover book with wonderful pictures including some lovely ones of Margaret Morris. I learned she had taught Lucia Joyce at one point in her thwarted career. That’s what I discovered reading the book. Instead of pursuing her muse she was compromised for the sake of her father’s writing career. My heart went out to her. I felt great empathy. I emailed the professor who had written the book saying I thought if Lucia had been allowed to continue with Margaret Morris, who served as a den mother to the young woman, she would not have ended up in an asylum for most of her adult life. Lucia could have been successful as a teacher of little children. My imagination filled in an alternative life for her.

So being a writer as well as an amateur dancer, I started to construct a novel. For years I wrote and had my work edited but failed to find a publisher. Then I learned that the professor whose book had inspired me had been sued by the grandson of James Joyce because he didn’t like how she Screen shot 2015-03-02 at 23.35.47had portrayed his family. Yikes! Had I wasted my time? I felt like that young woman with a thwarted career in dance and writing. Fortunately things have changed. The estate can no longer sue because the works are now in the public domain.

My decision to publish my novel as an ebook was based on my thwarted career as a dance teacher and novelist. We are all products of our time. Ebook publication is a cheaper route than print. It is available worldwide so can reach dancers who are also readers everywhere.

Donna Wootton

At the heart of Isadora & Lucia is the story of a young woman becoming educated and gaining independence. It is also the story of someone finding her muse and following her heart while working in Oxford, England, and travelling in Northern Italy.

Isadora & Lucia, a novel by Donna Wootton can be purchased on http://dmwauthor.wordpress.com and clicking on the book cover.

Ballets Russes comes to East Croydon

Monday November 10th 2014 An evening of talk, exhibition, art and music.

ballets russesTrinity School, Croydon – where the arts facilities surely rank among the best in the country. With a sublime ballet performance by London Russian Ballet School, an art exhibition, an illustrated talk by Chris Holley on Diaghilev, Ballets Russes and their extraordinary impact on Modernism in the visual arts – plus songs from a Russian singer and a glass of wine – seems like it’s not to be missed. Chris has been a great supporter of MMM for many years and following a Fine Arts degree course at UCA, Farnham, she has exhibited her work and given talks all over the country.  <http://www.holley-projects.co.uk>

Through J.D. Fergusson, MMM has a great connection with Ballets Russes and it is embedded in its history. “…they were the greatest nights of anyone’s life.” Renowned Scottish colourist J. D. Fergusson whose art, along with that of Matisse, Picasso, Rodin, the Futurists and many more major 20th century artists, was inspired by nights out at scandalous Ballets Russes productions in Paris.

Tickets are £5 – see flyer for details

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Kilquhanity, South-West Scotland

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Kilquhanity House – venue for the MMM Scotland Residential Dance Course 2015

In the 1943 Margaret Morris held a summer school in the rural region of Dumfries and Galloway in South West Scotland. In 2014 MMM Scotland held its first dance residential course. This was so successful that a further one at the same location-Kilquhanity, will be held in 2015. The course encompasses several aspects of Margaret Morris Movement with classes in MMM Colours, variations, Dance Classes and an exploration of Margaret Morris’ creative practice based on her writings in “Margaret Morris Dancing”. From this book we particularly discover her chapter “Rhythm, Sound and Music Composition” and how these are interpreted through movement. The course has a communal air with everyone dancing together in the one dance studio, a converted stable with a heated wooden floor Kilquhanity is part of four school sites based in Japan that have developed education inspired by the teachings of Aitkenhead, A.S. Neill and John Dewey amongst others. The essence of Kilquhanity since 1940 is as the focal point in Scotland for free, progressive and alternative education. The house, stables and surrounding buildings which comprise the site are surrounded by beautiful countryside making it a wonderful venue for enjoying the health and well being and creativity of Margaret Morris Movement. Please visit http://www.kilquhanity-centre.co.uk for detailed description of venue. Details of this course are available via the menu – Courses – MMM Scotland Residential

Carnival Time in Western-Super-Mare

MMM Dance Courses are springing up all over the country. In November there will be a residential course at the Grand Atlantic Hotel, Western-super-Mare. The added benefit of this course is that it coincides with the famous Western Carnival http://www.northsomersetcarnival.co.uk/ that passes within yards of the hotel which provides a popular viewing point in the comfort of a nice cosy warm hotel and bar.

“The Western Carnival happening on the Friday evening is a bonus. It was really amazing last year and such a great way to start the weekend. It can be cold, mind, so bring warm clothes if you intend joining the fun and buzz of the crowds. The carnival is SO big that I enjoyed being outside for nearly an hour then continued to watch the remainder of the procession in the comfort of a cosy hotel arm-chair with a glass of warming Drambuie.”

Due to the Carnival weekend – the Grand Atlantic Hotel gets booked months in advance. We have booked a number of rooms for this course but cannot guarantee availability, so get your booking in now.

The course will consist of MMM Colour graded exercises, MMM Dance Technique (grade 1) and Vincent Hantam will be joining the teaching team with Floor Barre. Included is breakfast and evening meal provided by the hotel and the choice of accommodation in a single or shared room accommodation in. – see courses for details.

Look forward to seeing you at Western in November. Gail Borrows

Teacher Training News

MMM is always keen to increase the number of its teachers, and are constantly seeking new recruits – producing more classes and getting more people dancing with MMM! This year we have decided to make some changes to update and modernise our training programme for new teachers. We hope these changes will make the initial hurdle easier for those who may have been thinking of training but have not quite found the time, the energy or the courage to take the first step towards becoming a teacher. While simplifying in some areas, we are fully aware of the need to retain our high standards and the comprehensive scope of our course, thus enabling newly qualified candidates to start teaching immediately with confidence.

This year at Summer School we will pilot a new format for the Basic Teacher Training Certificate. Once we have analysed the results of the new format, everyone will be informed and those countries outside the UK, which run their own teacher training courses, will be able to benefit from the pilot course. So we are all looking forward to Chichester this summer and to our first candidates on the new programme!

Gillian Goldberger

Jan training our next generation of MMM teachers

 

JD Ferguson

Although we wear more clothes now, we still share the love of dance, art and creativity that JD Ferguson immortalised in his paintings.

Although we wear more clothes now, we still share the love of dance, art and creativity that JD Ferguson immortalised in his paintings.

Ann Flower and myself were able to get to the J D Ferguson exhibition at the Modern Art Gallery 2 in Edinburgh and we both felt a special connection to his work due to our life with MMM dance and Margaret Morris. I can see why he has gone down in history as a recognised special unique artist. His work is vibrant, bold, full of character and, in later work, obviously influenced by Margaret and Movement.

Take advantage of his work coming to Chichester while the MMM Dance Summer School is on at, Chichester University 26 July – 2 August 2014.

Details on Margaret Morris Movement website: http://www.margaretmorrismovement.com

Jan Houselander