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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Berlin, Germany
BodySchool : Caring for our Necks
27– 30th December 2016

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The inspiration for this workshop is to share some of the insights I gained from suffering and subsequently healing from a serious neck injury: a herniated disk for which an operation was eventually recommended. I chose the self-healing path instead and now I’m well on the way to recovery. Though I wouldn’t wish the injury on anyone, I feel nonetheless that I have an enhanced awareness of how I feel and use my neck as a result of the process I went through. In this workshop, I’ll share some of the practices that helped me through this healing process: ways…

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