Hi! I’m Malcolm Manning. Thanks for visiting.

I think of myself as a somatic movement researcher, educator, mentor and artist. Sometime during the many years I have spent learning to move, I realised that I was actually moving to learn, hence the name of this web site.

What do I do?

Whether I’m working with professional dancers or people who simply want to be more comfortable as they sit and work on their computers, I create classes in which I invite others to share in my ongoing inquiry of what it is to be a thinking, feeling, moving subject in this world.

My aim in teaching is always to create the conditions to meet ourselves with a childlike sense of wonder; to engage playfully with our innate curiosity unhindered by expectation; and to develop a dialogue with ourselves and our environment in which we are empowered to be our own experts.

Who do I work with?

I began by offering my work mainly as a resource for dance professionals in dance centres, at festivals, for dance companies and on higher education programmes. More broadly in the the performing arts, I have also worked with actors, musicians, singers.

For every body, I teach a workshop series called BodySchool in which I seek to apply my synthesis of somatic and postmodern dance practices to everyday life situations.

How did I learn all this?

I have studied a range of somatic practices and contemporary dance practices. I am certified as a practitioner of both the Feldenkrais Method® and the Body And Earth work developed by Andrea Olsen and Caryn McHose. I studied for two years at SNDO Amsterdam and have an MA in Dance Pedagogy from the Theatre Academy Of Finland in Helsinki. I have made extensive studies of Contact Improvisation, Authentic Movement, Movement Shiatsu, Body Mind Centering and experiential anatomy.

Future workshops

Yspertal, Austria
guest teacher on IHDM Advanced Teacher Training
7-12th February 2017

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I'll be guest teaching on the Language module from 7-12 February on the Institut For Holistic Dance And Movement Pedagogy's Advanced Teachers Training. The course itself starts at the end of August 2016. The institute also offers a basic teacher training that I guest teach on too – the next teachers training course begins in January 2017.  I...
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Helsinki, Finland
BodySchool : How to sit at a desk, work at a computer … and maybe even enjoy it!
3/4th and 24/25th September 2016

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Two short weekend workshops that address the question: How to sit at a desk, work at a computer … and maybe even enjoy it? For a full description of the workshop visit here The course covers the basics of how to organise ourselves in sitting, and will take a look at the on use the hands and arms, the use of the eyes and orientation in space. It’s important work as most of us spend time sitting and working at a computer. But just because it’s important doesn’t mean it has to be serious. And since even if sitting is our focus then come prepared to…

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