EMOVE Institute

EMOVE Institute

EMOVE Institute is a place to study the Laban Bartenieff Movement System. We offer a Certification Program and various Workshops. Come study with us! We are starting a new Certification Program in the laban Bartenieff Movement System in May 2025 – Application is open now!


EMOVE (Embodied Movement) Institute


EMOVE institute is a somatic educational institute aiming to promote embodied studies in the Laban Bartenieff Movement System.

We are striving to provide a high standard education that allows people from diverse fields to engage  with all aspects of human movement.

EMOVE Institute is situated in the Netherlands and works with internationally recognized experts in the fields of movement analysis and somatic practices.

Embodied Movement: We aim to provide a body /mind integrated educational experience balancing theory and practice. Students learn to embody their perceptual, sensorial and analytical understanding; so they may “know in their bones”. We facilitate greater conscious awareness of movement, which supports deepening movement understanding and gives meaning to action.


General Information


The Laban Bartenieff Movement System (LBMS) is a comprehensive system to observe, describe and understand the patterns of human movement. The system is applied in different fields for various purposes.

LBMS offers an embodied theoretical framework describing the four basic components of movement: Body, Effort, Shape and Space and the inter-relationships of these components.

This rich system supports developing movement vocabulary, optimizing efficiency, refining skills, and enhancing communication and expressiveness. With these movement parameters, one can also create, analyse, document and integrate the complex nature of movement.

Become a Certificated Laban Bartenieff Movement Analyst!


Do you want to get more somatic knowledge  and theory-based information on how to work with movement? Do you want to know more about your own movement patterns? Do you want to understand and recognize all aspects of movement?

The Certificate LBMS education might be just the place that you are looking for!

As a somatic movement education program, this course follows a developmental progression through the structure of the curriculum. Over the course of the nine modules you will be guided to develop a deeper understanding of self, other and community through the the processes of perceptual awareness, analytical observation, repatterning and intervention.



Areas of application

As movement is foundational to all human endeavours, the program is appropriate for anyone interested in human potential. The LBMS curriculum is applied throughout the world in a wide range of fields including

Certification Program in LBMS

by EMOVE Institute | film by Cleo Julia Mullis

Certification Program

The LBMS Certification Program is taught using a range of learning and teaching methods including: experiential, theoretical and practical seminars. Focused work with a lens towards specific aspects of the LBMS framework, utilizing small group and individual tasks and assignments, and field trips are integral to the curriculum. As a somatic movement education program, this course follows a developmental progression through the structure of the curriculum . Over the course of the nine modules students will be guided to develop a deeper understanding of self, other and community through the the processes of perceptual awareness, analytical observation, repatterning and intervention

My personal movement patterns as a dance/movement therapy educator shape my teaching style and reflect my personality. This has an impact on students learning. The (body)knowledge of LBMS and especially Effort theory and movement elements helped me to observe and develop awareness of my preferred use of Effort Qualities when teaching. This allowed me to make adjustments to support a more dynamic and attuned environment where I am able to meet my students in their different learning styles and engage them in meaningful learning experience. This improves not only my students, but definitely also my job satisfaction!

Jenneke van Geest

Dance Therapist, (The Netherlands)

This education is everything I was hoping for and more.  It is a safe space in which I can discover the journey to more awareness of my own bodily knowledge, to learn and increase my awareness on all things related to Movement.  This relates to the functionality of the Body and journeying to finding more ease, learning about the spaces in which we move and delving into the world of space harmony and becoming conscious about the varying qualities that make-up movements invting uniqueness, difference allowing for more conscious choices. The education is facilitated by sensitive and generous educators who have a wealth of experience in LBMS.

Julienne Schembri

Dancer, Performer, Dance & Yoga teacher, (Malta)

As a student – thanks to the supervision of inspiring teachers – I experience a deepening of my body awareness. I get to understand my own movements better and as a result also the movements of others. As a teacher and choreographer I experience being able to do my work more precisely substantiated with relevant LBMS components as well as that I started to teach more somatically.


Leonie van Essen

Dance Teacher, Choreographer, (The Netherlands)

Where we as humans are being pushed more and more into our heads by the digital revolution, LBMS has a special task for the future. LBMS brings us back to our bodies and  space. LBMS is about what,  how, when and where we move. By looking at movement from these different angles, we can gain more insight into the moving body and the space around it. This gives us more space to move and improves our overall wellbeing. For me personally, the group of this education has become a new family; moving together, discovering and growing!

Dany Wouters

Pilates Trainer, Horse-osteopaath, Movement Coach , (Belgium)











Katharina Conradi

Katharina Conradi

Marieke Delannoy

Marieke Delannoy

Karen A. Studd

Karen A. Studd

Joanna Brotman

Joanna Brotman

Alexandra Baybutt

Alexandra Baybutt

Peggy Hackney

Peggy Hackney

Workshops & Events


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Creative Workshops

Application Workshops


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