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Bartenieff Fundamentals are an extension of Laban Movement Analysis developed by Irmgard Bartenieff, who trained with Laban before becoming a physiotherapist. A set of concepts, principles and exercises that apply Laban’s movement theory to the physical / kinesiological functioning of the human body they include:

  • Dynamic Alignment
  • Breath Support
  • Core Support
  • Rotary Factor
  • Initiation and Sequencing
  • Spatial Intent
  • Centre of Weight/Weight Transference
  • Effort Intent
  • Developmental Patterning and its Support for Level Change

Examples of these beneficial movement exercises:

X rolls Contralateral (crawl in opposition) Homolateral (lying on back, floor)) Contralateral (spoke through air, standing)

See alsoEdit

Further readingEdit

  • Hackney, P. (2000) Making Connections Total Body Integration Through Bartenieff Fundamentals. Routledge. ISBN 90-5699-592-8

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