Dance Choreography


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! 

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


A Fabulous Year! CMA Preeti Vasudevan, LIMS 2015 DPA Award, is invited as Artist in Residence at NYU

Preeti Vasudevan is an exponent of Bharatanatyam (classical Indian dance) creating new provocative contemporary works from the Indian tradition, and is the first Indian choreographer to be invited as an Artist in Residence at New York Live Arts to research and develop a new commissioned work for 2017. As an educator, Vasudevan’s educational website, Dancing for the Gods, has been developed to build a cultural bridge through creative Indian dance and used in NYC Public Schools. At CBA, Vasudevan will work with a ballet dancer to develop a series of movement studies (etudes) deconstructing and re-combining specific elements of both ballet and Bharatanatyam forms. A solo performance will showcase sections of the work and the project will be documented in detail using Laban Motif Notation, providing a resource for choreographers and dance scholars interested in the ways in which a new dance idiom can emerge from an open encounter between ballet and a non-Western classical form.