DANCE is Movement through Space in Time with Quality

Laurel Martyn OBE

The Movement & Dance Education Centre (MDEC) provides training, resources and ongoing support for teachers, students and dancers worldwide.

Upcoming Events


German Dance Theatre / Movement Awareness

Poster for German Dance Theatre Workshop Program 2. All information provided in surrounding text.

Led by Luiz Braz Batista & Paul Hess

MDEC in association with Utassy Ballet School, Dr Olivia Millard & Deakin University

Join us for Program 2 (August) with these two outstanding movement educators

Cost: $66.00 for 2 days (Program 2) | $55.00 for prior participants (Program 1)

Book online at www.trybooking.com/520132

Program 2 (August)

Deakin University
The Dance Studio B1.48, Melbourne Burwood Campus
(221 Burwood Highway)

Friday 2nd August
6.00 – 9.00pm

Class (Jooss / Leeder / Linke)
Movement composition based on text

Saturday 3rd August
2.00 – 5.00pm

Class (Jooss / Leeder / Linke)
Scene composition in dance theatre
Informal showing


Scream Bloody Murder & aROUND aBOUT

A physical theatre double-bill produced by Utassy Productions and Liquid Skin.

Choreographed & Directed by Rochelle Carmichael

Dates: Friday 9th & Saturday 10th August 7.30pm

Venue: The Industrial School, Abbotsford Convent, 1 St. Heliers St. Abbotsford

Book online at www.trybooking.com/520132

The Laurel Martyn Dance System

A holistic system for early dance training

What the Laurel Martyn Dance System is:

A Laurel Martyn Dance System Teacher witha group of eager students
  • A comprehensive and logical arrangement of the broad range of elements of dance
  • The inter-relationships between these individual elements
  • Progressive development across multiple stages, ready for any group of students

What the Laurel Martyn Dance System does:

  • Gives an understanding of the coordinated development of the elements in identified stages, with a clear explanation of why and when movements should be introduced
  • Sets out how to achieve the standard for each stage

How does the Laurel Martyn Dance System differ from a Syllabus?

Many dance syllabi set out rigid class plans to teach children based on arbitrary expectations, without care for the student’s individual progression and needs.

The Laurel Martyn Dance System focuses on the progression of the class and individual students, with the class plan set out by the teacher to properly cover all aspects necessary at each level. Due to the System’s flexibility, it can even be used in conjunction with a syllabi to ensure a natural progression of movement understanding within the particular syllabi.

The benefits for teachers, parents & students:

  • Provides examples of exercises to guide the teacher in creating their own pathways, suited to their own students needs & individual development
  • Gives a clear understanding of the purpose of exercises and their relationship to past, present and future learning
  • Provides flexibility and breadth, allowing the teacher to plan and implement progress at the appropriate rate for groups of students and individuals
  • Provides benchmarks for monitoring and adjustment of teaching programs in relation to progress of groups and individuals
  • Promotes creativity for both teacher and student
  • Accords in all aspects with safe and effective teaching practices

The official newsletter of the Movement & Dance Education Centre, encompassing the Laurel Martyn Dance Teaching System

Want more information about using the Laurel Martyn Dance System?

The Movement and Dance Education Centre supports ongoing advancement in dance teaching standards through implementation of the Laurel Martyn Dance System. Contact us to find out more about how you can benefit from the LMDS, or register now through our members page.

Our resources available to members include:

  • Teaching manuals
  • Teacher registration
  • Professional development program for teachers
  • Student assessments
  • Master classes for students