Think about it. Even before you learn someone’s name you’ve probably started forming perceptions based on their clothes, posture, and movement. How often do you find yourself looking at a complete stranger – creating an instant story or opinion about them? She seems angry…. He is so intimidating…. Why does she look so depressed?… That guy has an ego the size of Texas!… I can tell they’re in love….
No matter how obvious or subtle, our movement is always saying something. Our posture, gestures, and habitual movement patterns create a unique movement style which communicates in ways words cannot.
Dancers and actors have long understood the importance of honing their expressive movement capacities. Athletes know the value of a trained and observant eye. Choreographers work diligently to make sure their choreography has the right meaning attached to it. And yet…
…you don’t have to have a career in movement to benefit from this work!
Developing observation skills, utilizing a common language to discuss movement, and cultivating expressive abilities can help us understand ourselves and the world we live in. Ask yourself:
- Do you want to make a better first impression, move without pain, or hone your movement skills?
- Do you wish you could understand your co-workers, friends, or children better?
- Do you interact with others?
- Do you have a body?
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions then Laban Movement Analysis has something to offer YOU!
Laban Movement Analysis (LMA) is an experiential system for the observation, description, prescription, performance, and interpretation of human movement. It is alive, dynamic and well known in dance and theater departments across the globe. It is pushing boundaries and finding a meaningful place in all venues of life. Check out just some of the ways LMA fits into your world: