What Movement Analysts Do

Laban Movement Analysis (LMA) is the identifying language for movement description in disciplines that explore the domain of human movement behaviour. 

Certification in Movement Analysis programs provide in-depth study and practice in utilizing LMA/BF as a framework for enhancing movement experience, movement vocabulary and communication. Movement Analysts utilise their skills and knowledge in a variety of fields, including dance training and research, somatic practice, bodywork and physical therapy, theatre arts and performance, all forms of movement education, research, choreography, fitness, corporate coaching, dance therapy and other clinical practices. 

CMA-trainee Julie Weltzien has devised an approach to embodied learning for her students in Landscape Design Education and Kinesthetic Awareness - American University, Beirut, Lebanon. (Photographs by George Salameh)
CMA-trainee Julie Weltzien has devised an approach to embodied learning for her students in Landscape Design Education and Kinesthetic Awareness - American University, Beirut, Lebanon.
Training in LMA/BF draws upon experiential, theoretical, and practical learning, with faculty collaborating in student development as facilitators, advisors, and professional role models as Movement Analysts and Somatic Movement Therapists and Educators.

Since 1966, when the first graduates of the Laban Certificate Program in New York began to apply Laban and Bartenieff theories to their work, the Certificate in Movement Analysis has become a respected indication of rigorous training and well-developed insight into human movement. As such, it is recognized as a valuable professional credential in many disciplines.

Many Certified Movement Analysts chair or teach in departments at major colleges and universities in Canada, England, the United States, and other countries.

LMA/BF continues to shape new applications in any field where a deep understanding of the functional and expressive aspects of movement are important. The following are selections from a few varied examples of the ways in which alumni have used their Certificate Program training (list courtesy of LIMS® On-line):

  • As a dance therapist working in arts therapies programs for special needs children;

  • using LMA in published research in nonverbal behaviour;

  • as fitness specialists developing safe and efficient, three-dimensional fitness classes for all ages;

  • as a physical therapist integrating LMA/BF, sport/fitness training, and bio-mechanical frameworks in a Center for research;

  • as a theater director, co-directing the Kings County Shakespeare Company in NYC, using LMA/BF to coach actors, for staging and choreography;

  • as an established choreographer using LMA/BF to distill and organize the essences of everyday movement into dance performance;

  • in osteopathic medicine working with patients in neuromuscular and postural re-education;

  • in a prestigious NYC private school, teaching a Laban-based creative movement program presented to all students in pre-school through high school;

  • within political activism in Washington, DC, offering commentary on movement characteristics of political figures;

  • in an alternative treatment clinic, combining cranial sacral therapy with LMA/BF in pediatric and adult care;

  • in dance movement therapy, utilising LMA to deepen relationship through movement, and provide tools for assessment and treatment results;

  • in anthropology and nonverbal communication, utilising LMA as a codified systsittingem of describing movement behaviour;

  • and in various traditional folk dances, utilising LMA/BF to improve technique training and performance.

  • LMA/BF has also been utilized by those in design of architectural movement space; in corporate coaching, and in public speaking

  • LMA is used for embodied learning in ‘Landscape Design Education & Kinesthetic Awareness’, a course created by CMA-trainee Julie Weltzien, American University, Beirut, Lebanon.  An article regarding Ms. Weltzien’s course design is available for reading on our Resources link.


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