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Graduate Laban Certificate in Movement Analysis (GL-CMA)

Graduate Laban Certificate in Movement Analysis (GL-CMA)

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The Graduate Laban Certificate in Movement Analysis (GL-CMA) is the first certificate program tailored to apply movement analysis in a therapeutic and artistic setting, providing the opportunity to take the seminal work for Rudolf Laban to a new level of integration.  This program provides a comprehensive study of movement meaning and it's application to body/mind therapies and the performing arts.

The curriculum is designed to take theory into practice, making applicable the links between Laban's theory of movement and the specific context and processes of expressive and somatic arts.

The analytical framework developed by Laban facilitates acuity in observing and assessing movement patterns.  The comprehensive nature of the framework allows movement issues to be addressed from multiple perspectives; clinically and in performance.  Beyond this, holistic paradigms of harmony and balance in Laban theory suggest further ways in which movement can enhance the regenerative processes and expression of the body/mind.

The program is designed for somatic therapists and artists who wish to approach an understanding of the body/mind and its expression from a holistic perspective.  It is appropriate for massage therapists, dance therapists, physical therapists, fitness trainers, actors dancers, and others engaged in somatic education, therapeutic practice and performance.

Applicants are required to have a Bachelor's Degree and experience in an anatomy course before being accepted into the program. An Introduction to Laban course is also required and is provided by the department in the beginning of the term.

The 12 to 18-credit, 14-month curriculum spans from May to August. The next cycle begins in May 2014 and ends in July 2015.  Classes are typically held on weekends meeting Friday evenings from 6pm - 9pm and Saturday and Sunday days from 9am - 5pm. There are twelve weekends and three Monday through Friday, 9am - 5pm, week long sessions. 

Master’s degree tuition for Dance/Movement  Therapy & Counseling is $922/credit; however, all certificate students receive a discount.  Please contact the Department of Creative Arts Therapies for more information: 312-369-7697. 

APPLICATION DEADLINE: December 13, 2013 (click here to apply!)


Introduction to Laban Movement Analysis*, 70-6699, 1 credit hour

Spring 2014                        

April 25-27, 2014  


Laban Movement Analysis 70-6700, 3 to 6 credit hours*

Summer 2014

Week One:         May 19 – 23, 2014

Weekend 1:       June 20-22, 2014

Week Two:         July 14 – 18, 2014

Weekend 2:       August 8 – 10, 2014


Bartenieff Fundamentals 70-6710, 3 credit hours

Fall 2014

Weekend 3:       September 12 – 14, 2014

Weekend 4:       October 17 – 19, 2014

Weekend 5:       November 14 – 16, 2014


Observation 70-6720, 3 to 6 credit hours*

Spring 2015

Weekend 6:       January 9 – 11, 2015

Weekend 7:       January 23 – 25, 2015

Weekend 8:       February 20 – 22, 2015

Weekend 9:       March 20 – 22, 2015

Weekend 10:     April 10 – 12, 2015

Weekend 11:     May 1 – 3, 2015


Professional Issues 70-6730, 3 credit hours

Summer 2015

Weekend 12:     June 5 – 7, 2015

Week Three:      July 13 – 17, 2015

*This course is required unless already taken through the MA or MPAC programs. 

*Students enrolled in BOTH the GL-CMA and the MA in DMTC programs concurrently are eligible, due to academic overlap, to register for 6 fewer credits.

*Gainful Employment Disclosure The federal government requires that certificate level educational programs that are eligible for Title IV financial aid disclose information about the cost and financing of these programs as well as success rates of graduates. As the GL-CMA may be taken as a stand-alone program or in conjunction with other programs in the department, we have three GL-CMA discloures:

GL-CMA as a stand alone program

GL-CMA when taken concurrently with the MA in Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling

GL-CMA when taken concurrently with the Alternate Route Certification in Dance/Movement Therapy

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