Laban System


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!

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! 

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." 

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.


Moving Stories: Digital tools for Movement, Meaning, and Interaction

 The Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies (LIMS) has been partnering in a cutting-edge research in the rapidly growing field of arts and technology design including motion capture, human-machine interaction, robotics, and animation. The four-year project, called "Moving Stories: Digital Tools for Movement, Meaning and Interaction," is being funded through a grant from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).

The team is led by Thecla Schiphorst, a LIMS' Certified Laban Movement Analyst, who is Associate Professor at Simon Fraser University's School of Interactive Arts and Technology. Other participants include: 

- The University of Illinois' eDream Center (Emerging Digital Research and Education in Arts Media Research)
- The Emily Carr University of Art and Design
- The University of British Columbia Department of Theatre
- Credo Inc., specializing in developing digital tools for human movement and dance

"We are very excited to be a member of this cross-disciplinary partnership," says Karen Bradley, LIMS' Interim President and a principal researcher for the project. "Studying the role of human movement in all aspects of society is the heart of our work at LIMS. The understanding of the complexities of somatic movement will significantly enrich this effort to create new methods and new technologies for communication and creative interaction."

Currently, Bradley and Karen Studd are the lead investigators from LIMS. Bradley also directs the graduate program in dance at the University of Maryland's School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies. Studd is a faculty member at LIMS and at George Mason University. Both are LIMS Certified Movement Analysts and teachers of Laban Movement Studies internationally.

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The BANNER PHOTO is an artistic work based on Labanotation that Thecla developed collaboratively with Sara Fdili Alaoui and Karen Bradley for LIMS' Partnership with the exhibition "Coding the Body", at ApexArt, 2014.