Laban Movement Analysis (LMA) is the identifying language for movement description in disciplines that explore the domain of human movement behavior, in both function and expression.
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 utilize their skills and knowledge in a variety of fields, including dance training and research, somatic practice, bodywork and physical therapy, theater arts and performance, all forms of movement education, research, choreography, fitness, corporate coaching, dance therapy and other clinical practices.
Training in LMA/BF draws upon experiential, theoretical, and practical learning, with faculty collaborating in student development as facilitators, advisers, 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 participants have used LMA/BF and Somatic training in application: