Let’s Be Honest: The Online Environment in the Context of the Movement Experience

KStudd May 8, 2020 Teaching online – specifically offering somatic experiences for students that are intended primarily as somatic practice, is problematic on multiple levels. This needs further discussion I believe. In this discussion I am not addressing classes that are not primarily focused on creating a somatic awareness and experience. For example, a dance …

A Fundamental Movement Principle: Utilizing Rotation

by Karen Studd, updated Spring 2020 Rotation is both a body action and a larger meta concept (meta in the sense of beyond) constructed from the physical sensorial experience of rotation. There is something inherently beautiful about rotation – spinning, twirling, spiraling twisting, turning, rolling – Ferris Wheels, the Wheel of Fortune – The mind-boggling …

More about BF “Heel Rocks”

Class notes for Karen Studd’s WholeMovement Class Session April 17th 2020 A WholeMovement approach to Bartenieff Fundamental’s traditional “Heel Rock”(s) – starting from the basics and clarifying the intent of this action. Then continuing to explore possible variations and linking the action to BF Connections, BF Rhythms and BF Principles and the Basic 6. What …

3 Things We Need to Sustain Us, Now More Than Ever

Why Flowsensing, Weightsensing and Breath Support (a Bartenieff Fundamental Principle ) are the key. By K. Studd (2020) Recently, in connecting to the students of an LBMS international training program, I encouraged the group to really continue to find how movement can help sustain them in these very challenging times. I said, in closing an …

The Case for LBMS

The Laban/Bartenieff Movement System & Why LBMS is a “System” by K. Studd (Updated December 2019) To begin, let’s start with what is a “system”?  A system is defined as:   An organized, purposeful structure that consists of interrelated and interdependent parts. These component parts continually influence one another (directly or indirectly) to maintain their activity …

Embodiment

We Are All Embodied Beings by K. Studd (2019) Embodiment is a current buzz word (at least in English) these days. And many workshops, programs and classes promise participants to become “embodied”.  I believe I understand the sentiment however; we are all already embodied beings by the fact that we exist as human being-bodies. Our …