Health & Wellness


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!

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

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.

Move­ment isn’t designed to be “effi­cient.” It’s designed to be expres­sive, com­mu­nica­tive, socially mean­ing­ful, adap­tive, and (to some degree) effi­cient, all at the same time.

Excerpts from Dr. Lavine's article  - "A tribute to Irmgard Bartenieff"

" Few peo­ple have even heard of her. 

But of all the teach­ers, men­tors and inspi­ra­tional peo­ple I’ve been exposed to, Irm­gard Barte­ni­eff has had the biggest influ­ence on the way I under­stand human move­ment and health.

She was born in Berlin in 1900, stud­ied with Rudolf Laban and other nota­bles of Ger­man Expres­sion­is­tic mod­ern dance, fled the Nazi regime for New York, stud­ied phys­i­cal ther­apy, and was a pio­neer in polio treat­ment, dance ther­apy, and dance ethnog­ra­phy. She was the founder of the Laban Insti­tute of Move­ment Stud­ies (later renamed the Laban/Bartenieff Insti­tute of Move­ment Stud­ies), one of the world’s fore­most train­ing pro­grams for schol­ars, teach­ers, chore­o­g­ra­phers, prac­ti­tion­ers, ana­lysts, non-verbal com­mu­ni­ca­tion spe­cial­ists, ethno­g­ra­phers, and all those who work in the move­ment field.

Though she died in 1981, she’s still decades ahead of her time in her views of movement. For exam­ple, she grasped that move­ment is adap­tive, that it forms the inter­face between the human being and the envi­ron­ment. Par­tic­u­larly the social envi­ron­ment.  That means that move­ment sys­tems (like the Alexan­der Tech­nique or Feldenkrais) that empha­size “effi­ciency” or “ease” in motion are miss­ing at least part of the point.  Move­ment isn’t designed to be “effi­cient.” It’s designed to be expres­sive, com­mu­nica­tive, socially mean­ing­ful, adap­tive, and (to some degree) effi­cient, all at the same time.

She also devel­oped a keen under­stand­ing of the “three-dimensionality” of move­ment, par­tic­u­larly through her pio­neer­ing work dur­ing the polio epi­demic of the 1950’s.  These chil­dren suf­fered from mus­cle con­trac­tures; the treat­ment of the day con­sisted in try­ing to stretch their mus­cles to main­tain their length. Irm­gard dis­cov­ered that a more effec­tive approach involved mobi­liz­ing her patients’ limbs and trunk through all their pos­si­ble ranges of motion while at the same time fos­ter­ing “verticality.”

These and sim­i­lar insights led to the devel­op­ment of “Barte­ni­eff Fun­da­men­tals,” an evolv­ing group of ther­a­peu­tic and body aware­ness exer­cises that embody core move­ment prin­ci­ples. I use them every day in my practice.

I value the con­tri­bu­tions she’s made to my work and that of many others"

 - Full text, and others articles from Dr. Lavine, can be found at