Laban Movement Analysis (LMA) uses a comprehensive vocabulary and analytical framework with which to identify patterns and changes of movement. Learn to analyze the body in motion to become a more dynamic mover and communicator through understanding your movement preferences and how you relate to your environment. Investigate the many ways the body can shape itself and project into space. Discover the qualities of your own movement and how to balance them through the work of Rudolf Laban. All of our introductory workshops support somatic dance pedagogy and are useful in all areas of life.
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Ana Leon Bella has worked in movement for over 20 years as a dancer, fitness expert, and dance educator. She is a Registered Somatic Movement Therapist/Educator (RSMT/E) with ISMETA, a Laban Certified Movement Analyst (CMA), and a Dance Educator. Ana teaches Dance History and Dance Criticism at Wagner College, and Laban Movement Analysis (LMA) at Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. Ana holds a Master’s degree in Dance Education from New York University and a Bachelor of Arts from Cornell University. She is also a Dance Artist for the Phyllis Rose Dance Company. She became a Certified MFL Instructor in July 2015, and currently teaches all over the city and in the MFL Teacher Training Program. Ana speaks Spanish, Italian, and is knowledgeable in Mandarin Chinese.
Michele Minnick (Ph.D., C.M.A.), is an artist, educator, researcher, and somatic movement therapist, dedicated to wellness in all its complex forms and rich meanings. She has worked for 25 years as a theatre and performance artist and educator, specializing in The Performance Workshop and Rasaboxes originated by Richard Schechner. She has co-authored and edited a book on this work, Inside the Performance Workshop: A Sourcebook for Rasaboxes and Other Exercises, to be released by Routledge in May 2023. She has integrated LMA, BF, and BMC into her teaching of movement for actors, performance art, the training of numerous ensembles for productions, in her work as a teaching artist with Arts for Learning Maryland, and in classes and certification programs in LBMA in the U.S. and Brazil.