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

EMOVE’s program in LBMS is a certified education. Participants successfully completing the entire program and certification requirements will receive the certification designation LBMA: Laban Bartenieff Movement Analyst.

We are happy to announce that our program maintains the high standards of an Approved Training Program of the International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association (ISMETA). Our graduates meet all requirements to become Registered Somatic Movement Educators (RSME) and Therapist (RSMT). For more information: www.ismeta.org


EMOVE’s training program has an overall goal of providing a set of comprehensive movement analysis skills. These skills are framed through conscious awareness of oneself and others in relation to the context of action in the environment. These skills are meant to provide a foundation for using movement as the primary modality of professional/creative work and/or to facilitate another professional practice through movement. . The program’s goals are not exclusive to one application or specified outcome. The training provided and skills practiced are meant to be equally useful for a dance therapist, or for someone working in the field of robotics or for someone seeking to refine their skills in coaching. A primary overarching goal is the profound awareness of the role that movement plays functionally and expressively in all aspects of human experience and endeavor (in other words, identifying movement as a foundational body of knowledge) . This awareness then leads to developing specific skill sets to give trainees the capacity to unpack the complexity of human movement through the process of movement analysis. The analysis process – identifying the parts in relationship to the whole – then gives the ability to discern patterns of movement. Identifying patterns then sets the stage for optimizing the potential of movement through clarifying intent and or creating possibilities for change through repatterning.

Having a clear and specific vocabulary for movement and a framework to observe the patterns of movement provides an incredible tool for all those interested in teaching movement skills, repatterning movement and for exploring new movement options


Observational skills – distilling what is essential and how the parts relate to the whole of movement within a context.

Improvisational Skills – choice / interaction/ drawing from and honing intuition

Movement Skills including :

  • Breath Support
  • Flow and weight sensing as the baseline the foundations of self/other and the personal linked to the universal
  • Identifying and accessing to Patterns of Body Organization
  • Dynamic range (Effort)
  • Interaction including: Hands on Skills – touch boundaries phrasing
  • Space Harmony mapping our kinesphere and accessing the continuum of Inner to Outer Space
  • Access to Phrasing
  • Using the support of Shape (the Body Space relationship)
  • Voice and Movement Verbal/Nonverbal connection
  • Using Bartenieff Fundamentals for diagnosis and for intervention

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