Laban/Bartenieff Movement Studies

Moving Forth collaborated with the the Laban Institute for Movement Studies® New York (LIMS® NY) to offer this recognised training programme.

What is Laban Bartenieff Movement Studies?


Programme Co-ordinator, Principal Tutor

Karen A. Studd CMA RSME/RSMT 

Karen holds a Master of Arts degree from University of Oregon, is a Certified Movement Analyst (CMA), an ISMETA (International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association) Registered Somatic Movement Therapist (RSMT) and Registered Somatic Movement Educator (RSME). For twenty years she has taught and co-ordinated programmes in Movement Analysis across the United States, through the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies.  Karen has an international profile having taught and presented at conference in Canada, Belgium, Poland, Brazil, Israel, Mexico, China and Slovakia.

Karen has been a faculty member of the University of Wisconsin, George Washington University and George Mason University, where she is a tenured faculty of the School of Dance and an affiliated faculty member for the Center for Consciousness and Transformation. A teacher of movement studies, experiential anatomy, dance technique and a choreographer, she is focused on adult education and personal development through movement.

Karen’s  interest is in promoting awareness of the body of knowledge of human movement across all disciplines. For the last several years Karen has been interested in movement as a component of leadership and is sought out as a “body language expert” in the observation of the movement profiles of political pundits. Karen has been interviewed by the Washington Post newspaper NPR’s With Good Reason and has appeared on television’s Hard Ball commentary with Chris Mathews.

Principal Tutor


Laura holds a Master of Arts degree in Dance and Dance Education from New York University, is a Certified Movement Analyst (CMA) and ISMETA Registered Somatic Movement Educator (RSME) and Registered Somatic Movement Therapist (RSMT).  Laura has a private practice in movement education specialising in re-patterning the movement of clients suffering from chronic pain or injury.  Her clients include professionals in dance, sports and fitness and those with little or no movement experience.  She is a teacher of dance technique, kinesiology and movement for health and well-being and has served on the faculties for New York University, University of Nebraska, Towson University and University of Maryland. Laura currently teaches for the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies (LIMS NY) and conducts workshops and seminars in movement awareness and health in New England, USA.  Laura is an avid equestrian and has assisted in Therapeutic Riding programmes.

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