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Community Classes: Laban/Bartenieff Movement Fundamentals

  • Houston Station 434 Houston Street Nashville, TN 37203 (map)
 Photo from Robin Konie

Photo from Robin Konie

Certified Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analyst Erin Law leads a week of movement techniques classes focused on improving coordination, achieving ease in the body, and creating flow. 

These classes are open for people of all experience levels.


New Dialect accepts cash, credit, or check made payable to New Dialect. You can prepay online or pay at the studio.  No pre-registration is required. Doors open at 9 AM. Please be sure to arrive with plenty of time to sign in and warm up before class begins.

10 Class Pass

20% discount off the full drop-in price. Good for all morning classes through Dec 2018. 


From the Laban Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies

Rudolf Laban (1879-1958) was born in Bratislava, Hungary in 1879 (in what is now Slovakia) to a military family. Known historically as the father of European modern dance, Laban was a visionary, humanist, teacher and theoretician, whose revolutionary ideas bridged the gap between the performing arts and science.

He applied his theories to many areas—from the performing and visual arts to education to efficiency studies of factory workers. As an author and teacher, he influenced artists and thinkers as diverse as Kurt Jooss, Mary Wigman, and DH Lawrence. He shaped the philosophical basis of the new German Dance Theatre that flourished after the 1960s with Pina Bausch and Susannah Linke and others.

Laban proposed and facilitated the creation of Labanotation, a clear and concise language for describing human movement. Applications of Labanotation include the restaging of dances as scores, enabling them to be restaged and performed long after their creation.

In all, he uncovered the basic principles of movement structure and purpose. His influence on the fields of dance performance and choreography, theatre, dance/movement therapy, and visual art was substantial, but his work has propagated beyond even his wildest imaginings. He was both a visionary and a man before his time.

For more information about Laban and his work, please see Rudolf Laban: An Extraordinary Life, by Valerie Preston-Dunlop, UK: Dance Books, 1998; Rudolf Laban by Karen Bradley, Routledge, 2008; and Rudolf Laban: The Dancer of the Crystal  by Evelyn Doerr, 2007.

 Photo credit (right):  Deborah Day

Photo credit (right): Deborah Day

Irmgard Bartenieff (1900-1981) was a student of Rudolf Laban and one of the earliest proponents of his work in the United States. A physical therapist, Bartenieff applied developmental principles and Laban’s theories to her work with polio patients and dancers, originating a physical reeducation method we now call the Bartenieff Fundamentals (BF) sm.

Bartenieff was also a cross-cultural movement researcher, dancer, notation expert and pioneer in the field of dance therapy. She initiated the professional training program in Laban Movement Studies in 1978.

In 1980, Bartenieff’s comprehensive text, Body Movement: Coping with the Environment, was published. Today Bartenieff's students carry on her work in ever broadening applications.

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