Laban Guild for Movement and Dance

Registered Charity 266435

 Laban Guild AGM

Following the postponement of the 2020 AGM, Guild Council will offer a virtual AGM via Zoom on 21st  March 2021.  Papers will be sent out with the Spring issue of Movement Dance & Drama.  2021 is the 75th anniversary of the Guild.

Upcoming International Event – 26th to 28th March

The Labanarium is delighted to share this call for papers and work demonstrations (by 22nd February) for the forthcoming Rhythm in Acting and Performance, International Conference. It will be held under the auspices of The Makings of the Actor, the Michael Cacoyiannis Foundation, the Labanarium, Leeds Conservatoire and Hellinoekdotiki, organized by Dr Eilon Morris, from Leeds Conservatoire and OBRA Theatre, with the support of Post-doctoral Researcher Dr Kiki Selioni, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London.

Full details of the event and the call can be found here and


Dr Valerie Preston-Dunlop

The prestigious One Dance UK Jane Attenborough Award was awarded to Dr Valerie Preston-Dunlop, leading specialist in the life and work of Rudolf Laban, for her outstanding work in the creation and development of the discipline of choreology.  Her career, spanning over 70 years, has had an immeasurable impact on the world of dance.

Phoenix Dancers

MADE IN SUFFOLK - Film directed by Mel Horwood

Scilla in Portugal

The Laban Guild was delighted to be one of the sponsors of this film.

Film: Made in Suffolk

“Between 1982 and 1993 Scilla Dyke founded and directed what would become a sea change in the UK arts world. This film is the story of Suffolk Dance / Dance East and one woman’s lasting impact on dance.”


2019 LABAN LECTURE Given by Dr Ann Hutchinson-Guest

‘My experience of Rudolf Laban and how his work was carried forward’
View on YouTube Laban Lecture 2019

Webinar and Weekly Classes

Laban-Bartenieff from 4th January to 22nd March:
Mondays 5pm to 6:30pm, BARTENIEFF FUNDAMENTALS – Practice
Mondays 7pm to 9pm, FASCIAL FUNDAMENTALS – Somatic Movement Work
Tuesdays 9:30am to 11:30am, FUNDAMENTAL DANCE – Body work and dance training
Wednesdays 7pm to 9pm (CET) CORE CONNECTIONS -Introduction to the Bartenieff Fundamentals
All classes are live via Zoom with interactive parts and questions are welcome.
Each course has an upper limit of 20 participants.
The costs are: 13€ per class for a whole course and 15€ per class for drop-in.
Webinar on 22nd January at 4pm to 5:30pm via Zoom (CET)
Laban/Bartenieff Movement Studies as a tool for research, pedagogical and artistic work in dance.
Free of charge.  Registration required:  Antja Kennedy

Zoom Classes with Viv Bridson

Every Sunday starting January 3rd 2021 from 11:00 to 12:30

The class is Laban based taking a theme and working on it for several weeks in various ways with a stress on dynamics and honesty in movement – ages range from late teens to over 80.  There is no cost but donations can be made on a voluntary basis to Money is sent to various people and money has just been sent to one of the Zoom group from Armenia.


Zoom Tanztheater Classes with Adrian Look

From January 13 – Improvisation and Theory
Weekly on Wednesday 3:00 – 4:30pm
Meeting ID: 834 0006 4197 Passcode: 972640

Saturdays: Tanztheater technique
From January 16 –  3:00 – 4:30pm
Meeting ID: 869 1478 9188 Passcode: 336840

Classes are free but I do accept donations, it is really up to you.
And here you will also find the archive with the recorded sessions thus far:

'Wo is der Weg? - Isolation' - Patricia Rissman

“Liebe Tanzbegeisterte, diesmal gibt es das Festival 48 Std. Neukölln nur online. Ihr könnt also bequem alles vom Sessel zu Hause ansehen.  Der Turm, Die Wohnung, Die Stadt, Die Wohnung und Der Turm”

Foundation Course

Now postponed due to Covid 19.  Prospective attendees will be advised of new dates once it becomes possible.

Venue: Italia Conti 23 Goswell Road, Barbican, City Of London, London, EC1M 7AJ
Contact: Maggie Killingbeck

Members’ Workshops and Classes

For workshops and regular classes provided by individual Guild members, please visit the Members Workshops and Classes page

New General Data Protection Regulations came into effect on May 25th 2018.

Please read our privacy policies here:
Laban Guild Data Protection Policy May 2018
Laban Guild Privacy Notice for Members May 2018


Five dancers illustrate ways in which virtual maps and clusters of dynamic colouring offer frameworks and tools for choreographic exploration, composition and development.
The material is based on the innovative work of Rudolf Laban, pioneer of Dance Theatre, Movement Analysis and Dance Notation.
DVD £16 per copy (incl. postage)
Contact: Anna Carlisle

Revised Warren Lamb Editions

Posture and Gesture: an Introduction to the Study of Physical Behaviour
A Framework for Understanding Movement: my Seven Creative Concepts
Beyond Dance: Laban’s Legacy of Movement Analysis
An Eye for Movement: Warren Lamb’s Career in Movement Analysis
Decision Making and Movement Analysis (DVD)
All available through Brechin Books, 6 Brechin Place, London SW6 4QA
These are also available as e-books through Kindle Publishing and Smashwords.

Laban Collection at the Brotherton Library

The John Hodgson Collection has now been catalogued and is available at
There is also a guide with descriptive text to accompany a selection of images and documents. The Laban Collection guide can be accessed at

Warren Lamb Archive

The NRCD is hoping to obtain enough funding to make the Warren Lamb Archive available to the public, and to this end has provided a link for donations on the University of Surrey’s online store

Online class – Tanztheater – Youtube


As many of you will be in lockdown or isolation I made two online classes so if you feel like it just go for it and enjoy. Send videos as well and I can give some feedback and corrections.
Further details of the classes.
Contact: Adrian Look

Geraldine Stephenson Archive

Now completed and available to view at the NRCD, University of Surrey, Guildford.
The archive can be viewed online at
For research enquiries or visits contact

Online class – Ballet – Youtube


Eurolab is supporting GLOBAL WATER DANCES – Mission statement:

“We connect and support a global community of choreographers and dancers to inspire action and international collaboration for water issues through the universal language of dance.”
Visit for more information.