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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.

I currently teach two months a year in the dance department at the Danish National School of Performing Arts ( and occasionally at the Theatre Academy Of Finland ( where I was previously a senior lecturer in the dance department. I helped to create and develop the Dance And Somatics one-year education at ISLO in north eastern Finland where I also teach around two months a year.

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, and I also offer Feldenkrais individual sessions for children with special needs

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.

One–Year Training

Beginning Autumn 2024

A one-year training in somatic and improvisational approaches to art-making and living.

more info to follow soon

My Feldenkrais web site

More Than Movement

Coronavirus finally forced me to come out as a Feldenkrais practitioner offering standalone Feldenkrais classes. The method has always been fundamental to how I teach, but my teaching of Feldenkrais classes has most often been offered in wider contexts.

Visit my new site for information about classes and individual sessions, and explore my blog with short articles on different aspects of working with the method.

Open public classes and workshops