To organize and lead work on addressing the cultural biases and systems of oppression within the field of LBMS, LIMS as an organization, and the pedagogy of the field.
Areas of Focus
Name – Location (CMA program and year of graduation)
Natasha Alhadeff-Jones – Geneva, Switzerland (NYC ‘16)
Nancy Beardall – Massachusetts, USA (NYC ‘83)
Christina Banalopoulou – North Carolina, USA (NYC ’12)
Karen Bradley – Nova Scotia, Canada (NYC ‘84)
Denise Cavassa – New York, USA (NYC ’93)
Cecilia Fontanesi – New York, USA (NYC ‘11)
Yuko Hashimoto – Tokyo, Japan (NYC ‘13)
Nicole McClam – New York, USA (Maryland ‘15)
Miriam Phillips – Maryland, USA (Los Angeles ‘91)
Nalini Prakash – District of Columbia, USA (Maryland ‘15)
Curtis Stedge – New Jersey, USA (Belgium ‘15)
Since July 29th a small group of people have met bi-weekly to examine, interrogate, and plan a path forward for our organization around the issues of Laban’s legacy; the manifestation of bias, racism, sexism, etc. in the theoretical framework of LBMS; structures of LIMS; and the pedagogy of LBMS. The following is a brief overview of key work the committee has undertaken towards addressing these issues:
In January, our board, staff, and faculty, alongside members of the larger LBMS community underwent training in level 1 of Interrupting Racism. This initiation was an eye-opening first step in our journey towards a more just institution and community. We learned a great deal from the experience and from the many participants whose feedback helped to shape this next step in the training.
In February and March everyone at LIMS will continue this training with Level 2: Amplifying Interpersonal Engagement. This second training teaches skills for respectful and equitable interactions to improve interpersonal experiences. We have opened 50 spots for members of the LBMS community to join us for this second part of the training at a cost of $75.
If you are interested in joining us but were unable to attend level 1 we ask that you prepare for this training by engaging the following resources:
- Historical Foundations of Race
- Race And Racial Identity
- Social Identities And Systems Of Oppression
- Being Antiracist
We are offering the option of one of two weekends for the second training:
Saturday and Sunday, March 13th and 14th from 10 am – 1 pm ET.
Pedagogy/Theory SeriesJoined by members of the DEI Committee, Karen Bradley presented a three-part series titled A Laban History: 140 years and implications for the 21st-century. This powerful community event addressed the past, present, and future of the Laban Movement Analysis work and LIMS as an organization. If you missed it you can purchase access to the recorded series HERE.