Introduction to Bartenieff Fundamentals:

with a Somatic Approach


Winter 2020

A Weekend Intensive

February 8th & 9th, 9:30am-5:30pm

Registration Fee:  $375.00*

*early bird registration of $345.00 if you register and pay deposit by Jan.10th 

This workshop is open to Dancers, Actors, Somatic Practioners, Pilates and Yoga Instructors and anyone else working in the field of movement, interested in a somatic based body-work.

photo by Tonya Ng of Avis Yang (student) exploring the Bartenieff X-Roll

The Bartenieff Fundamentals are an extension of the Laban Movement Analysis System and are based on the work of Irmgard Bartenieff (1900-1981), dancer and physiotherapist who studied with Rudolf Laban at the beginning of the 20th century.  BF focuses on movement re-patterning and developmental movement, through practicing the fundamentals one can“build” kinetic chains of

neuro-muscular patterning to support integrated movement and full-body connectivity. 

In this workshop participants explore through a somatic approach focusing on; sensorial awareness, breath support, core support, initiation and sequencing, spatial intent, dynamic alignment, shifting of weight, and the relationship between function/ expression.

Students are also introduced to the “Basic Eight” exercises and the Six Developmental Movement Patterns of Body Organization.

“I can tell that this was a fantastic introduction because I want to know more and do more.”                                                 

                                                                           - workshop student 

This course fulfills the 15 hour BF pre-requisite for Donna’s Somatic Dance Teacher Training Mentorship Program.

It also fulfills the pre-requiste for the Laban/ Bartenieff and Somatic Studies International Program™.