ELEMENTARY AND INTERMEDIATE LABANOTATION Distance Learning Courses
been a dancer my whole life, I find that the study of Labanotation
comes as quite a revelation. When creating notation, one becomes aware
of details and nuances in steps which were not necessary to know in
order to perform them. More precisely, the dancer becomes mentally
aware of what was previously only known physically, but never consciously
conceptualized. In class or rehearsal, dancers are taught to physically
recreate steps by watching them. Using notation means that steps are
first read rather than seen, and the writing of that notation requires
an intimate knowledge of the steps borne out of their careful analysis.
The true architecture of a step is uncovered; each part which forms
it must be broken down in order to create its faithful illustration.
A student, in learning notation, is presented with a completely new
way of thinking about dance. Insights are gained; familiar steps become
relearned from the inside out."
Distance learning courses are offered by the DNB at the elementary and
intermediate Labanotation theory levels and may be started at any time. Arrangements
for university credits may be made through your college or university.
The elementary course, consisting of ten lessons, covers the fundamentals
of the system: stepping, arm and leg gestures, jumping, turning,
circling, floor plans and repeat signs. The intermediate level course
includes more advanced reading and a greater emphasis on writing.
The ten lessons cover parts of limbs, touch, slide and brush, torso
tilting, bending and twisting, kneeling, sitting, and floor work.
The fee for each course includes a tutorial service whereby the student
submits, by email and/or Skype, the specific homework assignment for each lesson to
an assigned tutor who corrects the work and answers questions. The fee
also includes assignment sheets, a certifying exam, and a certificate
(if earned). However,
the fee does not include required
texts and tapes. The tutorial service is good for one full year from
the time the course material is sent to you.
Dance Notation Bureau can only accept payment in U.S. dollars via PayPal,
personal check, money order or wire transfer. General questions about
the distance learning courses should also be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
(All online payments are processed by PayPal.)