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

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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

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

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