Certified Movement Analysts | CMA Stories

Innovation

Leslie Bishko is a cartoonist and professor of animation who uses LMA in her work to capture the essence and details of movement. She developed a unique website, Laban for Animators, and wrote numerous articles teaching how Laban Movement Analysis enhances the field of cartoon animation.

Dafna Soltes Stein develops movement – based learning experiences for elementary level students, including making connections across disciplines and creative movement explorations through LMA/BF. Moreover, Dafna helps teachers find their own creative practices, empowering them to develop their own student-centered experiences.

Claire Porter is an award-winning choreographer and sought-after guest artist. She uses LMA in the creation of her short comedic monologues and teaches choreography using tools gleaned from her movement analysis background.

Susanna Reich uses LMA to conceptualize and craft her award-winning children’s stories, which focus on artists from various genres and historical periods. “LMA helps me get inside the characters I write, to imagine how they move, feel, and then talk.”

Transformation

Suzi Tortora works with autistic and other differently-abled children, with infants, with children with cancer, and with adults, using dance, movement, and movement analysis to help people reach full potential and engagement with the world. Featured on Good Morning America, the New Yorker, and throughout the media, Suzi’s skills guide people through profound changes.

Janet Hamburg who passed away in September 2010 used LMA as the basis for her groundbreaking exercise program for people with Parkinson’s, which resulted in significant improvement of mobility, people’s daily living skills and their quality of life. Her award-winning DVD/videotape Motivating Moves for People with Parkinson’s continues to help people throughout the world to better cope with the challenges of living with Parkinson’s disease.

Ted Ehrhardt dances with the homeless and the hopeless, bringing joy and integration into their bodies and their lives, and helping them to become more responsible and engaged.

Reconciliation

Deborah Heifetz observed Palestinian and Israeli soldiers adapting to each other’s cultural patterns—as long as the military brass was not around. Once the hierarchies appeared, the dissonant patterns returned. Deborah’s work extends into third world villages, where she supports the women using dance and her own ability to adapt to movement patterns.

Martha Eddy uses her skills as an observer and empathetic mover with children and adolescents to resolve conflicts and decrease the potential for violence in youth. She researches and writes about the ways in which each of us can interact with the natural world and each other with more balance and resonance.

Regina Miranda uses her cross-cultural fluency to create socially empowering programs that bring people from the economic challenged and the wealthier parts of the city of Rio de Janeiro together to build new paths of mutual understanding and appreciation, and collaborate in innovative performance works.

Virginia Reed uses LMA to help corporate workers adapt to a changing world, to find and develop new skills, and to become more aware of cultural differences in the workplace. Virginia often works with women from other cultures, coaching them to adapt and lead within corporate hierarchies.

Resilience

Jody Gottfried Arnhold was a key contributor and helped to bring together dance educators from all walks of life to develop the most robust and complete citywide guide to dance curricula, the New York City Blueprint for Dance Education. As a CMA, Jody’s skills in movement observation, her passion for the LMA material, and her ability to model adaptability made what could have been far more challenging, possible.

Jackie Hand is a masterful hands-on practitioner and observer. As she adds to her quiver of modalities, she has been able to expand her practice into realms as broad and deep as coaching dancers to deep tissue massage to life-changing energy work.

Karen Bradley studies political and business leaders, particularly noting their baseline predilections and style as well as their ability to adapt and to learn from new situations and relationships. She has been quoted in the Washington Post, New York Newsday, the New Yorker, and O Magazine, among others and has appeared on Inside Politics and Hardball.