And now for the 2022 P&T workshops! They will continue to be online on Saturdays. Watch this space for upcoming workshop information. (Sadly Irmgard won’t be teaching and there won’t be blackboards and chalk involved, but her image is a nice reminder of her laughter and her contributions to our work!)

Irmgard standing next to a blackboard laughing
Irmgard Teaching with laughter

Embodied Meaning: A Course in Expressive Performance

Cost: $200

Asynchronous (in your own time) Course November 28th – December 19th.

3 LIVE Optional (will be recorded) Q and A sessions : Mondays 12/5, 12/12 & 12/19 from 12-1 pm EST

This digital course will provide actors, dancers, directors, dramaturgs, and choreographers with an actionable toolkit for using Laban’s ideas of EFFORT into practice. The combinations of Weight, Space, Time, and Flow form 80 possible specific choices for expression, and functionality.

This digital course will provide students with a chance to analyze, speak, and move inside the various possible choices for expression, and offer them a lifetime of new information that can be used to create a character, challenge their habits, and devise in a deeply specific, clear, and objective way.

This course includes reflective reading and writing, video analysis, creation, practice, and discussion. Guided movement improvisation, scene work, and creative process, as well as analysis of video, writing prompts, and suggested reading for future study are all active components to the workshop.

A series of short videos lead students through all the basic and complex combinations of vocal and physical dynamic. Writing, creation, and movement prompts serve as tools for deeper engagement and embodiment. Reading assignments provided will connect the intellectual to experiential study.

Instructor Alexandra Beller

Education Announcements

Live Education Q & A

It's that time of year where LIMS Education hosts their Live Q & A sessions to prepare you for the upcoming course schedule. We will be hosting two (2) Live sessions, December 3, 2022 and January 21, 2023. Each will run for 1 hour, from 10am-11am ET on zoom. If you have any burning questions about our CMA programs, or just need a bit more information on future Introduction courses, please join us! Please complete the registration form to let us know which session you would like to attend (the sessions are Free).

The New York Year Long program will once again convene in Sept 2023. Registration ends 31 May 2023.

Check out the New York Yearlong page for more information or email

The New Pathways program is merging into the New York Modular (Hybrid) format!

LIMS offered the New Pathways program in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. As we move forward into the post-Covid season, New Pathways, the LIMS new hybrid program, will be merging into the New York Modules to become a hybrid format implementing the benefits of online education in the pedagogy. To learn more about the New York Modular format, please click HERE to be redirected to the New York Modular Format page. For more information email

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

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

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

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

The New LIMS Journal

Later this fall LIMS will be debuting The Journal of Laban Bartenieff Movement Studies! The first issue is in the editing process and will contain articles from presentations given at the 2018 LIMS conference. This online journal will be available for free for Members. Keep a watch on this space for further information. And you can become a Member now at the current rates by clicking this link. 

Ann Hutchinson Guest

On Sunday, 10 April 2022, we learned of the death of one of the founders of the Dance Notation Bureau, and a great friend to Irmgard Bartenieff and Dance. Ann Hutchinson Guest lived for 103 years and stayed active in our community until her death! Some met her personally. Some knew of her work. All loved her. She will be missed.

To listen to Ann you can access a full interview with her in February 2020

You can upload reminiscences about Ann at

And please join the conversations in her memory at the upcoming online CAMP LBMS May 14-15 2022.

LIMS Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee

In June of 2020 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 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.


Website/Forums Registration Changes

Having received numerous troll registrations, we are disabling this function for the time being. To register for access to the forums please contact us directly at