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What is Movement Analysis?

Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analysis (LMA) provides a way of observing, understanding and communicating about human movement. LMA is based in grounded theory and provides a reliable language for observing and analyzing movement.  This language organizes around both quantifiable measures of moving our bodies throughout the space around us, as well as qualitative measures of expressivity (Effort) and our relationship to that which is around us (Shape).   The dynamic interplay of qualitative and quantitative aspects of movement create a dance.

I utilize movement analysis in all aspects of my work.  It organizes my observations in dance performance, dance/movement therapy and massage therapy. It helps me gain an awareness of client’s strengths and challenges, shifts and changes in movement repertoire.

Marie is an adjunct lecturer teaching Analysis of Dance/Movement at Queens College, Department of Drama, Theater and Dance.


As professional choreographer and dancer in NYC, I have had a long-standing interest in the LMA/BF. But, it took studying with Marie Carstens to make the concepts, language, and application of the material clear to me. Not only is she extremely knowledgeable on the topic. her teaching infuses a creative and interactive approach to learning that inspires and reveals immediate applications of the material that I now use in my movement work. I highly recommend Marie Carstens for all your LMA/BF needs!


-Carlos Fittante

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