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.

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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.

New programs and courses at LIMS


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


COMING SOON! 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 more information about the LEICs contact education@labaninstitute.org


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 completing our online class offering survey here: https://forms.gle/XcSFfeAZLnY6LC5n7


*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.