Creative Dance as a form of
movement was popularised by Isadora Duncan in the early twentieth
century. The form which is taught at Over the Moon is derived from the
style taught by Dorothea Mangiamele in Melbourne. Mangiamele was a
student of Mary Wigman in Germany, who in turn studied with Isadora
Duncan and Rudolph Laban.
Dance changes and evolves with each new generation of teachers. The
Over the Moon form has primarly come out of Mangiamele's teaching, with
influences from other styles and teachers.
Creative Dance at Over the Moon is a process orientated activity.
Students develop movement ideas out of the three basic ingredients of
Time, Space and Energy. All students are encouraged to explore these
concepts at their own physical and intellectual level. The classes
develop a love of music and dance in the students, and most
importantly, students grow more confident in presenting and exploring
their own unique movement ideas.
Music is a very important element in Creative Dance. Many of the images
and flavour of the dance come from the music, which must be of a high
Students are exposed to and become familiar with a wide range of styles
from classical to art to world to religious music.
Students develop an intuitive understanding of the different forms of
music. This understanding suggests and inspires dance design ideas and
Yoga education is central to all creative dance classes at OTM. Young children delight in movement. It is their joy in physical extension that is the key to a connectedness between mind and body. Being able to focus is such an important life skill. The practice of yoga is perfect for this.
Expression of Interest form
Children who are 2 1/2 - 3 1/2
years old attend classes with an adult, usually a parent. An atmosphere
is created in which the chidren and adults may enjoy the pleasures of
movement and music while being guided by the teacher. When children are
ready they graduate to the 3 1/2 - 5 year old class. This class is
without parents, and involves new physical and conceptual challenges.
SCHOOL AGE (5-18 years)
Children are grouped according to
age and dance experience. All classes include yoga and creative
improvisation. It is within the improvisational structure students
develop a sophisticated understanding of the complex elements of dance
design - in solo as well as group work.
Contemporary dance technique at Over the Moon Studios teaches a systematic and progressive syllabus that incorporates the following techniques within every class.
• Warm up and cool down that prepares students for the skills below
• Skillful change of levels
• Floor work
• Elevation (leaps, jumps etc)
• Travelling sequence [moving across the room using a range of techniques]
• Changes of direction or turns
• Dynamic variation
• Isolation (a coordination skill where different body parts move simultaneously and independently from each other)
• Performance skills
These classes focus on strength, coordination and an emphasis on performance.
Parents and students should be aware that these classes are physically demanding. It is recommended that students commit to attending a class for at least 12 months to learn the necessary skills for a robust contemporary dance technique.