Earn the Certified Movement Analyst (CMA) credential through the Certification Program in Laban/Bartenieff Movement and Somatic Studies.
Lesley University and the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies (LIMS®) are pleased to announce an exciting and rigorous program which awards the Certified Movement Analyst (CMA) credential upon completion. This certification program consists of 4 modules, each consisting of a 17-day, 120-hour intensive residency at Lesley University.
Laban Movement Analysis provides a comprehensive vocabulary and analytic framework for the description of human movement. Certified Movement Analysts apply the movement analysis work in a diverse and ever-changing world, making a difference in the way people perform, communicate, observe, learn and negotiate.
Graduates have had an impact on fields as diverse as:
From research on how children learn in the classroom to observation of and commentary on political candidates, from a neurophysiology-based movement program for people with Parkinson's to movement-based interventions with women in remote villages, from conflict resolution to motion-capture projects, CMAs are making a profound difference globally.
Module I: ImmersionIn Module I, you will become acquainted with the fundamental categories of the Laban system, explore your movement possibilities according to your own body uniqueness and begin perceiving the power of Laban Movement Analysis (LMA) as applied to your field of interest. Classes include theory and movement experientials and are accessible to students from all disciplines. This module requirement can be waived by taking Lesley University's Body/Movement Observation and Assessment I & II (or the equivalent, as reviewed by Lesley and LIMS®*, and passing the Module I Exam). Please see application for more information.
Module II: ConcentrationIn Module II, you will be immersed in LMA theory, Bartenieff fundamentals, movement observation and the history and application of LMA.
Module III: DepthIn Module III, you will gain greater understanding of your own personal movement choices and further develop your skills in observing the functional and expressive movement of others. You will gain greater facility with the verbal and Motif vocabularies used in LMA in preparation for your final project proposal.
Module IV: Review and ProjectIn Module IV, you will review the Laban work and being work on your final project, which will be presented within the year upon completion.
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