Certification Program

SUMMER 2024 – SUMMER 2026



Beliefs and biases about race, gender, age, and other differences reside within both our minds and our bodies. We acknowledge that within the fields of Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analysis and somatic practices there is a need for greater awareness of difference in all aspects of our body/mind theories, practices and training. Therefore, we work to make explicit our role in dismantling racism, patriarchy, gender-bias, and all other forms of oppression, marginalization and discrimination. We are committed to the work of aligning our holistic and inclusive frameworks within principles of fairness and equity, while acknowledging both spoken and unspoken marginalization and oppression occurring within the roots of our cultural and implicit biases. We commit to bringing these issues into conscious awareness throughout our teaching/learning processes.

We are grateful for and stand in solidarity with the individuals and groups who work for healing and social justice across all communities; respecting difference in all layers of body/mind experience created by individual histories, identities, and collective narratives.

We seek to foster the continued growth of self-aware professionals within our field, beginning with the intention of creating a safe, inclusive, welcoming and accessible learning environment.


In addition to training in Laban/Bartenieff Movement Studies (LBMS, LMA) this program builds skills needed for working as a Somatic Practitioner, including study in Bartenieff Fundamentals, elements of Body-Mind Centering, witnessing and processing experience in Authentic Movement, and developmental aspects included in the Kestenberg Movement Profile.

All modules are approached through phenomenological, 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 KayloCharlotte DarbyshireDonna Redlick, Nadine Saxton, Amy Voris


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;
  • Individual 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 Practice; as well as other extended developmental and body systems approaches to movement development and re-patterning.
  • Training in comprehensive movement and language skills used in dance, theatre, performance, movement research, teaching, clinical work, bodywork, yoga, 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.