- a coterie of Movement Analysts (Laura Cox, Esther Geiger, Cat Maguire, Karen Studd) working together to promote the Laban/Bartenieff Movement System (LBMS) globally
- a practice developed by the above International Master Teachers aimed toward optimizing human movement through a variety of applications of the LBMS
- a philosophy that values and contributes to the ongoing development of the theory, practice and curriculum of the LBMS
We began teaching together as a group in the LIMS Weekend Module Program at the University of Maryland in 2010. Individually and collectively, we have taught workshops and LBMS movement analysis programs in Belgium, Canada, China, Croatia, Germany, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Poland, Scotland, and Spain. Two new LBMS programs partnering with WholeMovement, an ISMETA-approved program in The Netherlands and another program in Italy, begin this year.
Our approach emphasizes a rich learning community model that includes faculty, assistants, students and translators (in some international programs) in a collaborative learning and teaching “think tank” process. Such a process not only pushes the curriculum and the faculty to be the very best they can be, it also has led to new developments in the material, notably in Motif and Space Harmony.
As we push forward with the curricular material, we have developed published materials to support and disseminate our work, such as an LBMS Taxonomy initiated by Karen Studd and Sandra Hooghwinkel in The Netherlands, and further developed with Laura Cox, Cat Maguire and Victor Sanchez, and the book, Everybody is a Body (2013) by Laura Cox and Karen Studd, now being released in its second expanded edition with a forward by noted dance educator, Bill Evans.
As individuals, we continue to be affiliated with LIMS, our “mother” organization, as teachers, members and alumnae. At the same time, WholeMovement gives us an independent vehicle in which to develop the community learning model with its emphasis on recognizing the voice of teachers in the field and students in the classroom, as well as fostering our continuing evolution of the LBMS material.
While we all hail from dance backgrounds, WholeMovement does not see promotion of the arts and dance as part of its essential role, nor has it taken one locale over another as its focus. WholeMovement is investing in the global potential of movement awareness education through the unique Laban/Bartenieff Movement System. The brilliance of Laban’s Space Harmony theory and practice, coupled with Bartenieff’s expansion and applications, has not yet claimed its vital place in the world. WholeMovement will promote LBMS through education in the US and internationally as a tool for movement analysis in multiple applications, as a worldview that promotes understanding of self and other, and as a practice for personal growth and the development of the body/mind.