From May 31st to June 2nd, you are invited to come to NYC and be a part of an historical event, which will celebrate the impact of Irmgard Bartenieff's work, her founding of the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies, LIMS, in 1978, and all the work that has been developed since then by CMAs and others in the Laban Movement Studies Field. 

Please see detailed information at the Institute website:

See you then, or before, if you give us the pleasure of your visit in NYC!

Global Water Dances announced yesterday that it has merged with LIMS

New York, NY. – January 17, 2017 – In a bold move to increase local and global environmental awareness through the art of dance, particularly a world invested in clean and safe water for all, Global Water Dances (GWD) announced today that it merged with the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies, LIMS

GWD at LIMS brings together the Institute's recognized 39 years of non-profit History, its consistency in producing dance events (MOSAIC, for example, is in its 14th year) and other cultural programs, and the strength of its international network of CMAs and esteemed professionals in the Movement Studies field, with GWD’s amazing skills in awareness raising, online advocacy, and socially engaged dance work.

I am thrilled by the potential impact that this merging will create,” said Regina Miranda, CEO and Director of Arts & Culture of the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies, LIMS. GWD’s fusion of dance, culture, media, and online advocacy complements LIMS’ history, adding to the organization’s Arts & Culture programming the aspect of communities’ engagement through the arts. We believe that together we will reach new audiences, have greater ability to poetically illuminate the crucial issue of safe water for all.”

MOSAIC 2016 - November 17, from 5:30pm - 8:30pm

Save the Date for this year's MOSAIC, which will take place at LIMS new Manhattan space located at Bryant Park South!

Details will follow soon, but you can count on unique Performance Interventions with Preeti Vasudevan and Flavia Tapias, live Interview & book signing with Martha Eddy, public speaking quick coaching sessions with CMAs, a glass of tea or beer, and many friends to have fun with! 

POEMA - Multimedia Interactive Performance Installation opens in Rio as part of the Olympic Games

October 2015: choreographer Regina Miranda, currently LIMS CEO/Director of Arts & Culture met the virtual reality architect Mirjana Prpa and the generative music composer Kivanç Tatar. It was a meeting of like-minded artists! Since then, they have been collaborating for POEMA, a complex interactive Performance Installation, which will open in Rio de Janeiro at the prestigious Oi Futuro Institute on July 18th part of the city's cultural program for the Olympic Games. The Brazilian  POEMA's creative team includes dancers Marina Salomon, Patricia Niedermeier, and Marina Magalhães, Video-dance by Barbara Castro, Costume Design by Luiza Marcier, Light by Luiz Paulo Nenen, Set Design by Natalia Lana, and Production by Denise Escudero.

MARCH 10th - scores+traces: exposing the body through computation

scores+traces: exposing the body through computation is an interdisciplinary media art exhibition that presents works by artists whose creative practice challenges conventional understanding of movement, perception, body and computation.

The exhibition, which opens at 5PM on Thursday, March 10th, at ONE Art Space, (23 Warren Street, NYC), and runs through Saturday, March 12th, represents a partnership between theLaban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies, LIMS®, one of the leading world organizations for the in-depth studies of human behavior, and the movingstories project, which scaffolds movement experience through the design of digital tools for movement, meaning and interaction.

scores+traces art works will transform the gallery venue into an interactive space. Visitors will be invited to navigate within, observe and interact with the media artworks, while reflecting and experiencing the space through movement. Merging arts and science, the works to be presented focus on combined aspects of the creative, social, ecological, affective, subjective, political and computational. The artworks include multimedia installations, performative interventions, Virtual Reality and interactive sound installations, generative art and more.

The exhibition’s Curator - Regina Miranda, LIMS’ CEO and Director of Arts & Culture, chose international artists and researchers whose art, design and research projects crafts an engaging map ofthe current artistic research on body movement and computation.

“The success of the LIMS’ partnership with MIT Professor Leah Buechley for the exhibition “Coding the Body” (ApexArt Gallery, 2014), indicated by the NYTimes, as one of the best weekend artistic programs to be seen in NYC, increased my interest on the relationship between the body and the new spaces explored by new technologies. ‘Decoding’, collaboratively signed by three CMA’s, made creative use of Rudolf Laban’s spatial notations as a source for thinking of a body without gravity constraints. This work led me to the movingstories project, which has been exploring the moving body through both somatic and computationally focused research. Getting to know the artists and movement analysts involved in the project,  the exhibition started to gain shape in my mind.” says Miranda, who worked closely with another CMA, Professor Thecla Schiphorst, coordinator of movingstories, for the scores+traces exhibition.

Artists presented at the exhibition:
Matt Gingold, Sarah Shamash, Aisha Jamal, Prophecy Sun, Yves Candau, Jules Françoise, Sarah Fdili Alaoui, Mirjana Prpa, Kivanç Tatar, Shannon Cuykendall, Ethan Soutar-Rau, Kristin Carlson, Philippe Pasquier, Thecla Schiphorst, Karen Bradley, Maria Lantin, Ken Perlin, Martin Gotfrit, David Lobser, Sebastian Herscher, Connor Defanti, Thomas Meduri, Sonia Foltarz, Clare Carroll, Matthew Foglia, Dominique Lufrano, Wenbo Lan

We want to THANK YOU and wish you a Wonderful Holiday Season!

At LIMS, we know how blessed  we are by a wonderful group pf students and alumni, a great staff, a committed Board of Directors, an enthusiastic Management Committee, and a supportive Laban community.

And we are GRATEFUL!  

In 2016, we invite you to participate even more in the programs and events of your Institution. TOGETHER, we can make the Laban & Bartenieff work essential, important, and transformative for all.

With our best wishes for 2016! 

Regina Miranda, Jan Whitener and Karen Bradley

Executive Committee

Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies, LIMS

Enthusiastic reaction to Cheryl Clark's appointment as LIMS Director of Education

 Yesterday's announcement of CMA Cheryl Clark as LIMS Director of Education was received with enthusiasm by the Laban & Bartenieff community, who came forward expressing admiration for Clark's work at LIMS and praising the initiative of LIMS' CEO, Regina Miranda inviting her for the position.   

"Joy! Spreading with light weight for Cheryl and LIMS. " - Nathan
"Thank you Regina and Cheryl, our work, our discipline, draws together people who want movement and community to grow and to affect our world.  Thank you for helping us all to be the most we can as CMA’s." - Fanchon Shur
"I'm so thrilled to hear that Cheryl will be stepping into this important position! Brava! Congratulations to LIMS and to Cheryl - Peggy Hackney
"Congratulations Cheryl! Magnificent choice, Regina! What great good fortune for the LIMS community and future LIMS students." Nancy Allison

Miranda comments on the importance of this feedback: "It is very important for us when the community gives us feedback about the initiatives we implement at LIMS. It shows the importance of the organization for movement professionals, and reassures us of the paths we choose to better serve the Laban & Bartenieff field." 

Noree Performing Arts: Three Korean Dancers, two of whom are CMAs, Sook Kim and Eun Sung Lee; and Yoon Lee, develop a cross cultural approach in "Playscape".

The event happened on October 16th.  It included:  An introduction with Traditional Korean dance and drumming; Classic ballet; New music composition for piano and recorded piano; Live chamber music accompaniment to contemporary Korean dance. Modern/contemporary dance; New composition with live Japanese classical instrument, opera and movement with traditional costumes; Contemporary Korean mask dance…

The blend of the evening worked beautifully.  There was: the excitement and energy of the Korean style, with colorful costuming and vibrant energy; unusual rhythms that make you attentive and alert to the complexity of subtle movement; live instruments and unique compositions awakened sensitivity to less familiar music.  This, contrasted with a Japanese operatic theme, with ancient traditional costumes, beautiful sung in English. Then a classic ballet, making one aware of that tradition in the context of world dance.  A Proust narrative, danced with subtle movement to bring the text alive visually, settled in well with other pieces in a modern dance tradition.

A film about Playscape addressed each piece, the composer or choreographer, and dancers. It offered its own artistic approach to bring the individuals into the moment, making a real connection to the audience. 

It makes me wonder about the consistence of most performances, one company, one musical or dance tradition, and wonder if it might be enlightening to cross cultures, styles, and arts, more frequently and more fully. 

Congratulations to Noree for opening this door. 

Ellen Goldman

October 18, 2015


LIMS CMA, Dr. Dianna Woodruff will offer a WEBINAR on November 3rd at 8PM EST


Somatic Therapist and LIMS Certified Movement Analyst (CMA) Dr. Dianne Woodruff is doing a series of online webinars for those interested in keeping the body moving better.  This work is infused by Laban and Bartenieff Movement Theories and Practices.
Whether it is for personal interest or if you are a somatic movement practitioner, this webinar is for everyone.

We at the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies, LIMS recommend this experience.

VERA MALETIC - An expert in Laban Movement Studies, she passed through life with elegance and left a great legacy for the field of Movement Studies.

Maletic held a PhD Interdisciplinary, from Ohio State University; a MA in History of Art and Culture, from the University of Zagreb; and was Certified by "The Laban Art of Movement Studio". 

She will be missed, but her wisdom stays with us, and also the memory of her discreet and amazing presence.