Certification Program

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“This training understands itself as a beginning, and it is as enabling as it is rigorous. It has expanded not only my capacity, but my ability to witness the dynamic qualities and contours of this capaciousness – and in this way, its application and unfolding remains unending.”

– Hannah Acton


LSSI’s Certificate program is a post-graduate, Somatic Practitioner and Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analyst training delivered through a developmental and phenomenological lens. In addition to training in movement analysis, it includes somatic elements of Body-Mind Centering, Authentic Movement, and perspectives of Attachment Theory.

The program begins with a Foundation Course July 16-31, 2018, as an in-depth study in Somatic Practice and LMA. This 12-day Course can be taken as a stand-alone component, and is required for participation in the full Certification Program; which follows with four thematic modules in Body/Effort/Shape/Space. Prerequisite hours or the equivalent in LMA/BF are necessary for Foundation Course enrollment.

All modules are approached through somatic methodologies and perspectives, and include hands-on training for practice as a Somatic Movement Therapist and/or Educator. Graduates receive a Certificate from LSSI as a Movement Analyst and Somatic Practitioner. This program meets the standards of practice as outlined by the International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association (ISMETA) as an approved training program, and all faculty are registered with ISMETA. Graduates qualify for fast-track registration with ISMETA without need for further somatic training hours.

Faculty include Director Janet Kaylo, Nadine Saxton, Donna Redlick, Charlotte Darbyshire, guests Amy Matthews, Beverly Stokes and others.

What Students Receive
  • Foundation Course as entry into Somatic Practice and developmental foundations of Laban Movement Analysis
  • Thematic Modules in Body/Shape/Effort/Space that allow for deep immersion into each category of BESS, building on a cumulative, developmental model of learning.
  • 500 total hours in professional training in Movement Analysis and Somatic Practice™.
  • one-to-one work with an Advisor during and between Modules.
  • An Advisor’s feedback on projects, assignments, and assessments;
  • Inidividual peer and group feedback in class sessions; as well as personal time for exploration, discovery, reflecting, and writing during class hours.
  • Learning in a dynamic group environment with a high teacher-to-student ratio
  • Final Research Application Project shared as formal presentations with your training group.
  • Hands-on re-patterning practice and training in Bartenieff Fundamentals; as well as developmental and body systems elements of Body-Mind Centering®
  • Training in comprehensive movement and language skills used in dance, theatre, performance, movement research, teaching, clinical work, bodywork, yoga and Pilates, and dance movement therapy
  • LSSI Certificate in Movement Analysis and Somatic Practice – CMA-SP.
  • CMA-SP fulfills the requirements for fast-track registration with the International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association (ISMETA) as a Somatic Movement Therapist and/or Educator

For more information contact: Janet Kaylo, Founder and Director of Laban/Bartenieff and Somatic Studies International.