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The Language of Dance® Foundations Courses

2017 Foundations Part 1-Florida

2017 Foundations Part 1-South Carolina

2017 Foundations Part 2-California

These courses are designed for you if you want to:

  • Deepen your embodied understanding of the what, why, and how of movement.
  • Open your choreographic vision
  • Gain literacy skills to revolutionize your learning, teaching, and creative processes.
  • Learn effective language to describe the power of dance in your practice and beyond.
  • Expand your curricular possibilities and connect with the Core Arts Standards in Dance.
  • Integrate Language of Dance into your Laban Movement Analysis practice.
  • Access exclusive Language of Dance literacy and advocacy materials.
  • Connect with the growing dance literacy community.
  • Take your first step to becoming a Language of Dance® Practitioner

Courses Feature:

A participant-centered and brain-based pedagogical approach that fosters creative process, critical thinking, collaborative learning and community building to:

*Experience the Movement Alphabet, the prime actions of all human movement.
*Create and embody Motif Notated scores, a movement language that uses symbols to graphically represent and record movement (as music notation does for music).
*Explore and apply the LOD Approach to dance and movement practices.
*Promote dance literacy and dance artistry.
*Support integration of the kinesthetic, cognitive, and socio-emotional domains of learning.
*Heighten expression and meaning making essential to movement and dance experiences.

Each course experientially builds from the foundational elements of action,
stillness, accents, shape and timing.

Content in

LOD Foundations Part 1: Florida

LOD Foundations Part 1: South Carolina


Content in

LOD Foundations Part 2: California

Further explores:

Part 1 Content

The Actions (Verbs)

•              Flex, Extend and Rotate

•              Travel, Direction & Level

•              Arrive at a Still Shape

The Qualifiers (Adverbs)

•              Movement size: Small, large

•              Dynamics: Accents, Force, Flow

The Subjects or Objects (Nouns)

•              Floor Plans

•              Areas of the Performance Space/Stage

Part 2 Content

The Actions (Verbs)

•              Any action, stillness

•              Destination, Motion (Toward and Away)

•              Change of Support & Springing (no support)

•              Balance and Falling

•              Arrive at a Still Shape, a form of Relating

•              Leading or initiating with a Part of the Body

The Qualifiers (Adverbs)

•              Dynamics: Accents, Gravity

The Subjects or Objects (Nouns)

•              Parts of the Body

*Take the Language of Dance Foundations Part 1 and Part 2 in either order.*

To provide you with enough time to richly experience, apply and create with each of the Movement Alphabet concepts takes about two weeks. We chose to put the first half of the Movement Alphabet into Part 1 and the second half into Part 2. Together, they provide you with a practical and theoretical foundation in the Language of Dance Approach to promote dance literacy reflexively and experientially as it serves your practice.

Parts 1 & 2 Similarities and Differences:


—Experience each Movement Alphabet concept as it might be used in an educational, creative, theatrical, community or client-based setting
—Gain empowerment and confidence to apply the ideas and materials immediately
—Collaborate with other participants to build your understanding and your own Language of Dance Literacy community


—Applications and populations for each Movement Alphabet concept changes
—Development of final projects that you present changes with a different constellation of concepts
—Each Movement Alphabet concept has its own unique set of characteristics and meaning making capacities

What will you learn?

The Language of Dance Approach is a distinct aspect of the Laban-based conceptual framework that focuses on the radically different kinds of knowledge, skills, understandings and values derived from learning, embodying, reading, writing and applying this movement-based symbolic language to your practice. The Movement Alphabet used alone or Motif notation scores, which are text-like documents, expand your relationship with movement and your capacity to think, move, speak, create, disseminate, and process movement ideas because they can be written.

Refresh and deepen understanding and meaning making with movement. Gather a resource portfolio of course activities, lesson plans, and assessment strategies.
Extend strategies for teaching movement skills and dance technique. Develop dance literacy as a component of teaching, learning, and creative practice.
Generate new approaches to dance making and composition. Share an LOD application through teaching and creative practice.
Explore dance history and legacy through dancing.

Connect to national and local dance education standards.