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Choosing your Place in Space: 10 week course

Choosing Your Place in Space: Studies in Laban Movement Analysis, Bartenieff Fundamentals, and Anatomy/Kinesiology

with Alexandra Beller

Alexandra completed the Year Long Program at LIMS (Laban/Bartenieff Institute for Movement Studies), and holds a CMA (Certified Movement Analyst) degree.

co-taught with Kathleen Shea and Stevie Oakes

Kathleen Shea is a Certified Movement Analyst of the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies and teaches movement/yoga classes in Brooklyn and Manhattan. 

Stevie Oakes received her MFA in Dance from NYU/Tisch School of the Arts after earning a degree in Chemistry and Kinesiology from the College of William & Mary.  Living in New York City, she has enjoyed the privilege of performing works by a diverse collection of artists. Meanwhile, as a member of the team at the Harkness Center for Dance Injuries, Oakes combines her passions of dance and science as both educator and researcher. Oakes is thrilled to have joined the dance faculty as an Assistant Professor at the College at Brockport.

Ten Week Workshop
Sundays September 27-December 6

at Gowanus Arts building at 295 Douglass street. Studio G, first floor.


Reserve your spot by making your $100 deposit today!



Cost: $925 (due in 4 payments by November 6 or paid in full) Early bird special! Sign up by August 20 for a $100 discount!

***Once you make your $100 deposit, we will be in touch about a payment plan.

This course invites students to rigorously explore human movement potential through integrated studies of Laban Movement Analysis, Anatomy/Kinesiology and Bartenieff Fundamentals. By increasing our awareness of the body and its relationship to the environment, we are able to transform both our functionality and expressivity. We will encounter a wider range of choices and enhance our ability to communicate efficiently through movement.  

By focusing each class on Laban Movement Analysis, Bartenieff Fundamentals and Anatomy/Kinesiology, students will gain a 3-Dimensional awareness of the body in motion. Classes will start with one hour of movement practice based on deepening our somatic connections and re-patterning the body for greater efficiency. An hour of Anatomy/Kinesiology follows, where we will enrich our knowledge of how bones, muscles and joints collaborate. We will conclude with an hour of LMA, to synthesize our multiple perspectives on how and why we move through space and how meaning is created through movement. The course will equally utilize physical embodiment, deep analysis, and social contextualization.

“My approach to LMA and BF is to use them as a set of filters through which to see ourselves more clearly by breaking down and rebuilding our definitions about Body, Effort, Shape and Space. After 30 years as a dancer (15 also as choreographer), I have a lot of ideas about both embodiment and creative practice. None of those have gone out the window. I enjoy unpacking those ideas and using LMA and BF in order to re-assess and challenge them before rebuilding them. I believe that empathy is just as important as analysis, that not knowing is more important than knowing. I somehow manage to find cohesion between these two beliefs and the rigorous interrogation of movement that is available through the systems of LMA and BF.”

— Alexandra 

This workshop counts as all three prerequisite Intro workshops required for entry into Laban Institute of Movement Studies Year-long and Modular programs. This includes Intro to LMA, Intro to BF and Intro to A/K.

More info at

Earlier Event: October 14
Fall Choreolab
Later Event: October 19
Technique at Mark Morris