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Ways to Support LIMS

As a nonprofit organization LIMS depends on the generosity of supporters like you. Here are some of the ways you can help to sustain LIMS and the important work that we do.


Make a one-time donation or set-up a recurring monthly or annual donation.

Our Wish List

Fund a specific purchase on our wishlist, including our space redesign and program equipment needs.

Become a Member

Purchase a membership and enjoy a plethora of benefits, including discounts, exclusive access, and representation at the board level.

Irmgard’s Legacy: a Campaign for LIMS

Join us for a special campaign for LIMS May 15 – June15, 2024. Become a member at a discounted rate, donate, or start a fundraising team.

Planned Giving

A planned gift is one of the most impactful ways you can support LIMS. You may be able to save on taxes, receive income for life or enjoy other financial benefits—all while helping to sustain our important work for years to come.

Honor Someone Special

Recognize loved ones with a donation in their honor or as a memorial gift.

Naming Opportunities

These often stem from capital projects like creating a new facility, but they also can arise in other forms, including sponsorships, dedicated scholarships and endowed professorships.

Endowments and Endowment-like Investments

When donors want to give a gift that keeps on giving, they sometimes help create an investment fund that offers a reliable source of income to an organization.

Corporate Sponsorship

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What Your Donation Supports

When you donate, you play a direct role in our critical work. Here are just a few examples of the kind of important wins your support makes possible:

New and Innovative Programming

Our team is constantly looking for ways to innovate and improve our programming. To stay relevant and adapt to the ever changing world around us.


We believe that everyone should have access to the knowledge base and benefits of LBMS. This is why we offer students need-based scholarships to help fund their studies.

Funding and Support of Research in the Field

As a research institute LIMS advances the field through research partnerships, scholarly publications and conference platforms, while investing in the archival of collections important to the field.

Growing and Sustaining a Repository for LBMS

In partnership with the University of Maryland, LIMS holds a comprehensive collection of materials related to the field of LBMS. These include the Irmgard Bartenieff and LIMS Archives. Additionally, we hold an extensive movement studies library at our offices.

Building and Sustaining Community

LIMS is committed to actively building and sustaining the LBMS community. We approach this through providing a platforms and resources for connection, collaboration, and consensus building.

Culture, Arts, & Advocacy

LIMS has a rich history of investment in Arts & Culture. We support the work of LBMS based artists and provide platforms for artistic practice and presentation. Advocacy is also at the heart of what we do. Both advocacy for the field of LBMS and LBMS as a tool for advocacy work as exemplified through the work of our program Global Water Dances.

The Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization registered in the US under EIN: 13-1624229. Charitable contributions supporting LIMS are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. Gifts may not be fully tax-deductible based on benefits received. For more information, please email curtisstedge@


Foundation Support

The generous support of foundations, corporate philanthropy and government agencies has made a significant impact on LIMS’ ability to serve our community.


Frequently Asked Questions

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How are the certification program formats different?

The LIMS Certification program in Laban Movement Studies consists of 520 hours of training. There are three (3) different formats to accommodate the students’ various needs, keeping the same educational standards and providing the same curriculum materials. For more specifics, please refer to each program’s webpage.

  • Yearlong format: In a studio in New York City, from early September to Mid-May (for 9 months, split into Term 1 & Term 2)
  • Modular format (Hybrid): Online classes (less than ⅓ of 120 hrs) + In-person classes (more than ⅔ of 120 hrs)
  • Modular format (Intensive): In-person classes for 120 hrs in a studio in various locations around the world
Is it possible to transfer between the programs?

The short answer is yes, but it is dependent upon the program in which you are currently enrolled:

  • You can transfer to a program in a different location among the Modules.
  • After you complete Module II, you can transfer to NY Yearlong Term 2.
  • After you complete NY Yearlong Term 1, you can transfer to Module III.
  • Other than the above cases, students will need to have a consultation with the program coordinator for the program for which they would like to transfer and may need to take one-on-one tutorial sessions with a faculty member (at their own cost) to get ready for joining a different program.
Can I pause between the educational units or should I continue taking one unit right after the other?

You are able to plan your study timeline according to your budget, time commitment, etc. We strongly recommend continuing the next unit within two (2) years after you have completed the previous unit.

Do I have to take the Introductory courses with LIMS to fulfill the prerequisites for the CMA programs?

If you take any/all of the introductory courses outside LIMS, a proof of study (ex. Certificate of Completion, or a school transcript along with the course syllabus, etc.) is required during the application process to verify your study in each prerequisite: Intro to LMA (18+ hrs), Intro to BF (15+ hrs), Intro to A & K (17+ hrs)

Or click HERE to take an Introductory course with LIMS.

Does LIMS offer financial aid?
  • Student Loans: Regrettably, student loan assistance through FAFSA is not available at LIMS because we are not a degree-granting school.
  • Scholarship: A needs-based scholarship ($1000) is available, but only for a certification program student who is in the final stage of completing the program that is administered by the LIMS NY office.
  • Payment Plan: LIMS Finance offers to split payments evenly across the months of the program with the final payment occurring prior to the program end. So, every student on a payment plan must pay off the balance before the end of the educational unit in which he/she has been studying. LIMS charges $50 for a payment plan plus 2.5% of the payment amount to spread payments over time. (For instance, on $8000 for a Term of a yearlong student, the total cost of setting up a payment plan would be $250, that includes a $50 plan fee (added to the first installment) plus $200, which is 2.5% of $8000 spread across the payments.) There is an additional $50 fee for any changes.
  • LIMS Member discount: Unlike the introductory courses, there is no discount for members for certification programs.
What fees are expected in addition to the tuition?
  • Tuition covers the use of materials and services provided by LIMS for classroom use and for student research. The following services are not covered by the student’s tuition:
  • Tutoring: Tutorials with instructor to catch up on missed classes
  • Books and other media: There will be certain books which you need to purchase. Most required readings (e.g. book chapters, articles, etc) will be provided as PDFs or other online means.
  • Printing/copying
  • Studio rental for individual use
Does LIMS offer housing accommodations?

We do not offer accommodations. Students must find their own housing while in NY or other Module program locations, preferably close to the studio where classes take place. For New York programs, AirBNB is highly recommended and you may choose to share the cost of housing with other students, if it suits you.

How many hours are required outside of class?

That will truly depend on the individual student and how you handle your homework/course work each day/week.

Is a Covid-19 vaccination required for in-person classes?

Proof of vaccination (both dates for the 2-shot versions) is required during the registration process. This ensures the safety of all our students, staff, and faculty members.

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