Margaret Morris Movement (MMM) is a unique system of exercise, dance and movement training which achieves a perfect balance between set exercises and free movement expression. The exercises are aimed at increasing mobility in every part of the body, as well as developing suppleness, strength and stamina - according to the individual level of performance. Each exercise is performed to specially selected music and is a balanced phrase of movement with one or more physiological aims - good to look at and satisfying to perform.
Free movement expression and movement composition are integrated throughout the technique for the physiological value as well as to form aesthetic basis for creative movement and dance. MMM is suitable for men, women and children of all ages. The exercises are arranged in grades (Colours) according to their difficulty and complexity and the pupil is led from simple movements to sequences which require a high degree of muscular control and coordination.
Like all dance methods MMM is based on its ‘core principles’ which Margaret listed as:
- Abdominal muscle training
- Strengthening and mobilising the feet
- Mobilising the joints
and her training system develops
- Sense of rhythm and timing of movement
- Sense of body position in space
- Continuity of movement
As you can see, these are the same core qualities that are found in all dance, fitness and exercise regimes. Depending on the focus of the class, there will be an opportunity for developing creative expression. By joining an MMM class you will develop an awareness of how and why the body moves as well as an appreciation of the benefits of movement.
What is an MMM class like? What will I dance?
MMM classes begin with a series of simple exercises and movements, set to music, including a breathing pattern, which will start to train the body in balance, coordination, suppleness and strength. The exercises develop through short sequences that progress into longer pieces of work, and in each stage of development, dance and exercise build upon the previous level. Margaret wanted people to dance for health and pleasure, but she realised the need for a system through which dancers progressed, similar to dance grades - she called them ‘Colours’.
While some people want to progress through the ‘Colours’, MMM classes are open to all, and are enjoyed by a cross section of people of all ages and backgrounds. It is appreciated by those who want a more formal dance training as well as those who want to move and dance without the constraints of a syllabus. It encourages the enjoyment of expressive elements of dance as well as the health benefits of ‘moving the body’.