Spring Forward: Moving Towards Equity in Laban/Bartenieff Movement Studies

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In this 3-day workshop we will investigate the structure and applications of LBMS through the lens of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

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*Please note that because of the sensitivity and intensity of this work, participants who register are expected to be present all three days. If you have a conflict on one of the days, but would still like to attend when you are free, reach out to LIMS Education at education@labaninstitute.org to discuss your circumstances.

**These classes WILL NOT be recorded due to the nature of the work.

In this three-part workshop, participants will examine taken-for-granted assumptions about the systems of power that have perpetuated harm within the applications of Laban/Bartenieff Movement Studies (LBMS) and the structures of the LBMS community. We will use a Whole-Part-Whole approach to investigate how our somatic practices both inform and inhibit our ability to address issues of power dynamics so that we can reflect critically, match our intentions to our actions, and make forward progress towards a more equitable implementation of the LBMS system.

Before the first class, please choose an organization you are currently involved with (e.g. one that you are employed by, hold membership with, volunteer for, etc.). Explore this organization's publically available literature, such as their mission and vision statement or marketing materials, for what it communicates about its stance on equity. Be prepared to share these findings during the first session of the course.

Class 1: LBMS is a resource to engage in equity

Participants will begin the series by interrogating the relationship between technical LBMS language, the language of current social justice dialogues in the US, and the languages of our institutions. From these, we will discover what our shared values as a community are.

Class 2: Adopting an equitable lens is essential to the practice of LBMS

With the shared values from the first class as a set of guiding principles, participants will be challenged to recognize how understanding the power that we yield as observers in our individual LBMS practice is essential to adopting an equitable approach to our work. Participants will question through embodied experiences both the limitations and unique possibilities contained within the LBMS framework as they pertain to issues of equity and power.

Class 3: LBMS practitioners must be agents of systemic transformation towards equity

In the final day of the workshop phrase, participants will utilize what they have learned in the previous sessions to embody a plan and feel empowered to advocate for transformation in their own institutions in order to work towards a more just somatic practice.

Instructors' Bios

Natasha Alhadeff-Jones, MA, CMA, holds a Masters in Dance Education (Teachers College, Columbia University) and is a Certified Movement Analyst (Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies ’16), currently training to become a somatic movement therapist (Dynamic Embodiment - Somatic Movement Therapy Training). She has taught all ages, from children to seniors, in the fields of dance, environmental science, and health education, in public and private schools, and with non-profit organizations in the U.S.A. and Switzerland. She has also led professional development for dancers, teachers, and administrators as a facilitator with the New York City Department of Education, Manager of School Programs at New York City Ballet, dance educator at Collège du Léman, and international Steering Committee Member of Global Water Dances. In her current role as the Artistic Director at the Sunkhronos Institute, she teaches and consults individuals and organizations, exploring the relationships between transformation, artistic processes, and embodied practices.

Emma Shockley is a Certified Movement Analyst (Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies, ‘19) and Registered Yoga Teacher with specializations in trauma-informed yoga and prenatal yoga. Prior to becoming a CMA, she worked for STEM From Dance, teaching young women about science and coding by integrating dance and movement into traditional STEM curriculum. She has taught yoga throughout New York City in both studio and corporate settings, as well as workshops integrating physics education, yoga practices, and experiential movement at the All Stars Project, Inc. Most recently, she has moved to Zurich, Switzerland where she hopes to continue interdisciplinary somatic work that brings together movement and science, and currently serves as the Program Committee Co-Chair of the Cultivating Ensembles conference.

Class Dates/Times

April 10, 17, & 24, 2021, from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm Eastern (US)*

*Please note that this is a 2-hour class.

Who Can Join

Participants need to be either professionally certified in, or have a lot of experience with, movement studies.

What You Need to Have/Bring

No requirements necessary; however, a pen and paper for personal notes may be a good idea.



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