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Nicole Perry, MFA, CLMA (she/her) is a certified Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analyst. She is the founder of Momentum Stage, a resource company for dance and theatre educators, created from her own experiences as a private middle and high school performing arts teacher and independent teaching artists. Click here for full Bio.
Sara Yanney, MFA, GL-CMA (she/her) is a certified Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analyst. She is the founder of the Equilibrium Dance Project, has taught dance and movement to all ages for over seventeen years, and has served on faculty at Ball State University, Anderson University, and Utah Valley University. She is currently a MA student in Somatic/Dance Movement Therapy at Naropa University. Click here for full Bio.
Our Story: Sara was living in Utah for her Alexander Technique certification training and Nicole was there for the summer for her Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analysis certification. We had already known each other from attending Bill Evans Teachers’ Institute workshops and connections in the dance, performance art, and education fields.
We were talking over dinner about the many holistic benefits of Laban Movement Analysis (LMA), the tools it provides to strengthen interpersonal and intrapersonal relationships, and how we wanted to share it with more than just the dance and theatre communities. Then we realized that there is a need in our education system for training in Emotional Intelligence and that LMA provides many tools for integrating the somatic experience with Emotional Intelligence training.
We talked about creating these programs on our own where we live (Sara now in Boulder, CO and Nicole in Fort Lauderdale, FL). However, when COVID-19 meant education needed to be virtual, we realized that we could co-teach the class virtually. This allows us to combine our individual strengths and experiences as educators, allowing teachers to attend professional development on their own schedule from home, and allowing us to reach teachers on a broader scale than just our local schools.