Pedagogy of Functional Awareness®: Embodied Anatomy Through Reflective Practice

offered by Allegra Romita (MA, CMA, EdM, RYT)

Saturday June 19 & 26 11AM-12:30 PM EDT

Allegra Romita headshot with smileThis 2-day workshop will focus on Functional Awareness and the 4Rs: a somatic approach to embodied anatomy through reflective practice.

Participants will:

o Explore the reflective practice of the 4Rs

o Learn anatomical visualizations as strategies to guide students towards balance

o Identify and share applications to the Laban/ Bartenieff work, personal teaching practices, and daily life

o Engage in discussion to garner the collective wisdom of the participants

Cost is $60 for two classes

Click HERE to purchase tickets

Functional Awareness® is a somatic approach to embodied anatomy through reflective practices to enhance our understanding of movement function, facilitate ease in body action, and improve dynamic alignment.

New Pathways Program Launches!

All of us at LIMS are excited about this new program that combines synchronous and asynchronous learning.* The faculty have already been teaching online for months if not years — and we have each learned a good deal about what seems to work and doesn’t — so we venture forth in the new paradigm that is the silver lining to Covid-19: being part of the online journey in a global setting!

Much of the program will be dialogic; it is experiential, and while much can and should be questioned, the faculty are experienced users of the work in a wide variety of applications and will be guides and supporters throughout.

This program is aspirational and experimental.  We aspire to develop the LBMS work to be more inclusive and expansive and the 25 New Pathways students are part of this work.  New Pathways is designed to challenge biases and to help develop anti-racist and pro-cultural competencies.

We wish the students and faculty of the New Pathways program the best in motion!

*Online work is supported by our new LIMS E-learning platform on Kannu.

New programs and courses at LIMS

LIMS Endorsed Introductory Courses

LIMS Endorsed Introductory Courses (LEICs) are introductory courses in Laban Bartenieff Movement Studies that comply with the LIMS standardized introductory course curriculum guidelines. LEICs are taught by professionally certified movement analysts* and LIMS provides the LEIC students with a certificate of completion upon their successful completion of the course with our LEIC instructors. For information on the LEIC courses offered click HERE or for information on how to become an LEIC provider contact education@labaninstitute.org

The New Pathways Program

New Pathways is a hybrid-model certification program in Laban Bartenieff Movement Studies (LBMS) combining online and in-person formats. With flexible, personalized options this alternative route program makes the path to becoming a Certified Movement Analyst (CMA) more accessible than ever. New Pathways is designed for the student who wants more control over their learning progress. By offering distinct, yet successive, levels and the ability to stop at any tier, New Pathways is perfect for those who may not want to commit to an entire program up front or may not want to pursue a CMA, but do want a deeper understanding of LBMS. The program consists of five tiers and LIMS offers a Certificate of Completion to those who successfully fulfill all the requirements upon completion of each tier. FOR MORE INFORMATION GO TO New Pathways

Have an idea for a class?

If there's an LBMS topic that you've been patiently or impatiently waiting to take a class on we would love to know. Is there a specific teacher you've always wanted to learn from? Do you have a class you would like to teach but don't want to worry about the admin or marketing? Let us know by contacting education@labaninstitute.org

*If you have any questions or concerns regarding our course schedule moving forward please don’t hesitate to email education@labaninstitute.org.

As always, thank you for all that you do to bring LBMS into the world.

Introducing the LIMS Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee

In June of this year LIMS committed itself to the difficult yet essential work of looking inward to our very core to address both the ways in which LIMS as an institution may have perpetuated systems of oppression, systemic and institutionalized racism, and harmed our BIPOC students, faculty/staff, and community members. This was important for us to investigate because it is in direct opposition to our core values.

Specifically, we committed to:

  • Investigate, understand, and undo the ways in which we are complicit in perpetuating systems of oppression, and systemic and institutionalized racism.
  • Dismantle the white supremacist and Eurocentric structures that permeate our organization, curriculum, and pedagogy. 
  • Create and hold space for our BIPOC colleagues, and listen with the intent to understand their grievances and take corrective and reparative action.

Immediately following this pledge we received communication from several members of our community passionate about seeing this work through. On June 30th a handful of interested individuals, invited members, and representation from the LIMS board of directors held our inaugural meeting as the newly formed LIMS Diversity, Equity ,and Inclusion (DEI) Committee. To read more about the committee (Mission, guiding principles, areas of focus, members, and updates on activities) go to the new webpage here.

Please consider signing up for this anti-racism training, which is designed for those of us in the LBMS and somatics communities, to be held January 16 and 17, from 10 am to 1 pm each day.  The cost is only $35 US for the 6 hours and you can sign up here


Perusing the Bartenieff and LIMS Archives

Have you ever wanted to get more information about Irmgard Bartenieff? Or the history of the LIMS organisation? What about wanting to read articles and papers to see if anyone else had had your research question, answered it, or might be able to provide insight into it? Well, there is a place to find a plethora of information: the Irmgard Bartenieff Papers and the LIMS archive held at Special Collections in the Performing Arts at the University of Maryland. In addition to the multitude of photos, videos, papers, correspondence, personal documents, and pedagogical resources held in these two collections, there are several others that might be of interest: the Martha Davis Papers (non-verbal communication), Robert Dunn collection (post-modern guru), Sarah Chapman Hilsendager, Karen Kohn Bradley papers, and more. There are also two online exhibits for your viewing pleasure: Irmgard Bartenieff: a personal journey through dance and Robert Ellis Dunn: Father of Postmodern Dance.

If you find something you would like to see or read, complete the registration on the SCPA home page and request an item. The archivists there will be glad to assist you, and can email pdfs and images to you. And once the pandemic eases think about a trip to Maryland and DC for a trip down memory lane (and research).

To access digital media files go to digital.lib.umd.edu and insert either ‘Bartenieff’ or ‘LIMS’ in the left search box.

There’s gold in those boxes!

LIMS Statement of Solidarity and Action

To Our Community,

“I can’t breathe!”

Contemplating the sobering and painful last words of George Floyd we must remind ourselves that breath is the foundational pattern of all human movement. Where there is no breath there is no movement; where there is no movement there is no life. When our Black colleagues say that they can’t breathe we must attend not only to the surface meaning but also to the subtext; that white supremacy and systemic and institutional racism both literally and figuratively suffocate Black lives.