Friday, February 24, 2017

116 Modern Dance Classroom Combinations, by Ray Cook

Submitted by Charlotte Wile, February 24, 2017

116 Modern Dance Classroom Combinations, by Ray Cook (1979) contains a full range of modern dance classroom sequences written in Labanoatation. It is a wonderful resource for both teachers and students.

To view a facsimile of the book, Go Here.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

An Interview with Peggy Hackney, Dec. 23, 2015

Submitted by Charlotte Wile - January 22, 2017

On December 23, 2015 we were delighted to have Peggy Hackney visit us at the DNB to share her thoughts about the history and development of our Laban communities and notation systems.   The videos below document part of that discussion.

As a supplement to Peggy's comments about Shape, we thought readers would be interested in her papers "Shape: What's Shaping Up?" and "Eye-blink." 

For a facsimile of the papers, GO HERE.

(The facsimile was taken from "Symbols of our Community .....Moving Forward with Motif: Proceedings of the Inaugural Motif Symposium, August 2-4, 2002") 

Addendum from Charlotte Wile, Jan. 24, 2017: When I originally published this posting, the Weight Sensing indications for Videos 2 and 3 were drawn incorrectly, with the "released" signs upside down,  The symbols in the posting have been rewritten, and are now correct.

Interview Participants:


TOPICS: The history of Shape concepts and indications. 
  • Minute 0:00 - Shape indications.
  • Minute 4:30 - The difference between the "original" Shape system and Peggy's revised system.
  • Minute 11:00 - The role of application and context in the development and use of indications.
  • Minute 13:21 - Warren Lamb's Shape indications.



TOPICS: Shape, Effort, Dynamics.
  • Minute 0:00 - More about Peggy's system for indicating Shape.
  • Minute 2:07 - "Indirect Effort" and "Direct Effort."
  • Minute 5:23 - Weight Effort variables (e.g., Passive Weight, Weight Sensing).
  • Minute 8:00 - Ann Guest's concept of Dynamics.
  • Minute 8:40 - The terms "Strong," "Light," "Weak," and "Heavy."
  • Minute 9:24 - More about Weight Effort  (active vs. passive).
  • Minute 10:24 - Weight Sensing.
  • Minute 12:20 - History of the expanded view of Weight Effort (e.g., active vs. passive Weight, weight sensing, etc.)



TOPICS: Effort, Still Forms, Shape, Yield/Push & Reach/Pull, Laban training.
  • Minute 0:00 - More about the history of Weight Effort.
  • Minute 4:12 - Indications for  Pin, Wall, Ball, Screw.
  • Minute 5:06 - "Pathway of Shape" as a way of indicating the duration of a Shape indication.
  • Minute 5:30 - The Development of the indication for Carving.
  • Minute 7:11 - The need for Yield/Push & Reach/Pull indications.
  • Minute 7:54 - The expertise needed for developing symbols.
  • Minute 9:45 - Laban training produces "renaissance people."


Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Folk Dance Collections

Submitted by Mei-Chen Lu and Charlotte Wile - January 10, 2017

The materials below consist of published notation scores and compiled individual dance scores by the DNB from various sources.  There are European and Israeli folk dances.  Some are accompanied by music scores; some teach basic notation knowledge.  All the material is useful for educational and research purposes.  

10 Folk Dances in Labanotation, by Lucy Venable and Fred Berk.

              For recordings of music in the book, performed by Marcus Machado,  Go Here.

  • Introduction
  • Lesson 1 - The staff, Directions, Levels, Rhythms, Pins and Repeat Sing
  • Cherkessia- Israeli Dance
  • Lesson 2 - Jumps, Hops, Leap
  • Schottische Step
  • Lesson 3- Turns (On the Ground and In the Air)
  • Sarajevka Kolo - Yugoslav Dance from Serbia
  • Lesson 4 - Circular Paths, Hold Signs & Accents
  • Seven Step (Siebenschritt) - Austrian Couple Dance
  • Lesson 5 - Leg gestures, Touches
  • Korobushka - Russian Couple Dance 
  • Lesson 6 - Waltz and Polka Turns and More Repeat Signs
  • Masquerade - Danish Social Dance
  • Road to the Isles - Scottish Dance
  • Greek Dance
  • Norwegian Polka
  • Debka - Israeli Line Dance Based on Arabic Steps
  • You Can Write a Dance in Labanotation
  • Piano Accompaniment
  • Glossary of Symbols

Dances from Israel, by Lucy Venable and Fred Berk.


Circle Dances
  • Mamtera (Sprinkler)
  • At Va'ani (You and Me)
  • Likrat Shabat (Welcome of the Sabbath)
  • Al Tira (Dance of Strength)
Couple Dances
  • Roe Veo'a (Shepherd and Shepherdess)
  • Al Tiruni (Do Not Scorn Me)
  • Hanokdim (Shearers)
Line Dances
  • Kol Dodi (The Voice of My Beloved)
  • Horat Hasor (Tenth Anniversary Hora)
  • Debra Rafiach

Folk Collection No. 1 (Greek), notated by Alice Lattimore.

  • Gerakina
  • Madedonian Dances
  • Menouses
  • Teamikoe
  • Hassapiko

Folk Collection No. 3 (British-American), notated by Muriel Topaz, Mireille Backer, and Alice Lattimore.


  • Highland Fling
  • Hull's Victory (American Contra)
  • Old Mother Oxford (Morris Jig from Headington, England)
  • A Trip to Paris (18th Century Country Dance)
  • Black Nag (English Country Dance)

Folk Dance Collection, notated by Alice Lattimore, Celia Rudin,  et al.

(Some of these dances are also in a publication above.)

  • Bavno Oro (Yugoslav folk dance from Macedonia)
  • Nebesko Kolo (Yugoslavia)
  • Korobushka (Russia)
  • Ritka Buza (Hungary)
  • Hanodeid (Israel)
  • Hora Aggadati (Israel)
  • Tanko Bushi - Coal Miner's Dance (Japan)
  • Mayim (Israel)
  • Black Nag (English Country Dance)
  • Highland Fling
  • Hull's Victory (American Contra)
  • Old Mother Oxford (Morris Jig from Headington, England)
  • A Trip to Paris (18th Century Country Dance)
  • Gerakina (Greek Folk Dance from Macedonia)
  • Macedonian Dances (Greece)
  • Menouses (Greek Folk Dance from Epirus)
  • Teamikoe (Greece)
  • Hassapiko (Greece)

Database of Hungarian Traditional Dances, created by János Fügedi

An online database of Hundreds of Hungarian Folk Dances documented in movie clips and Labanotation.  This is an external link to a website.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Variation of the Sugar Plum Fairy from the Nutcracker

Submitted by Mei-Chen Lu – December 23, 2016

The notation score of variation of the "Sugar Plum Fairy" from the Tschaikovski-Petipa ballet "The Nutcracker" is now available for download.  It was danced by Alicia Markova, prima ballerina at the time, and notated by Ann Hutchinson Guest in 1957.

Markova was an outstanding interpreter of this role and made comments of this dance:

"The essence of this variation should be like spun sugar.  Technically it should be danced in a very classical form, but not as bravura variation to dazzle and bring applause.  The success it merits should come from its delicacy and gentle grace, expressing the sweet goodness which is the quality of the Sugar Plum Fairy, who is dancing to entertain little Clara in the Kingdom of Sweets."

This score was published and copyrighted by the DNB in 1957.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Irmgard Bartenieff Papers at University of Maryland

Submitted by Mei-Chen Lu, December 6, 2016

Susan L. Wiesner, an archivist at University of Maryland, created a finding aid for Irmgard Bartenieff Papers between 1920 to 1981.  These papers were gift from the Laban/Bartenieff Institute for Movement Studies to the University of Maryland.  The Bartenieff papers are arranged into 13 series, including six restricted files.  The remainder of the collection is open for research at Special Collections in Performing Arts, Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742.  

SERIES 1 Personal items
  1. Art work
  2. Memorial/Remembrances
  3. Memorabilia
  4. Financial/Legal records
  5. Health
  6. CVs/Resumes/Licensures
  7. Memory Aids
SERIES 2 Correspondence
  1. Personal Letters
  2. Professional letters
  3. Postcards/Cards/Invitations
SERIES 3 Research/Scholarship
  1. Laban Theory (Effort/Shape, Choreutics)
  2. Motif, Notation, Kinetography Laban
  3. Baroque/Historic Dance Forms
  4. Physical Therapy/Dance therapy
  5. Notes, Notebooks
  6. Fundamentals
  7. Choreometrics/Ethnic Studies
  8. Choreography
  9. Lectures, Demonstrations
  10. Translations/Transcripts
  11. Resources
Series 4 Publications Materials
  1. Book drafts/Notes
  2. Bound (soft) Manuscripts “Body Movement”
  3. Articles/Papers
  4. Film scripts/notes
  5. Contracts/Legal
Series 5 Pedagogy
  1. Course Handouts
  2. Syllabi/Outlines/Schedules/Class lists
  3. Course proposals/Curriculum development
  4. Course Announcements
  5. Exams/Assessments
  6. Course Feedback
  7. Course Notes
  8. Faculty
Series 6 Performance-related documents

1. Programs
2. Ephemera
3. Posters/Broadsides

Series 7 Publicity
  1. Press about IB
  2. PR/Reviews/ads about “Body Movement”
  3. press about LIMS

Series 8 Other Publications/Work
  1. Books
  2. Article/book chapter
  3. Academic papers
  4. Journals/magazines/newsletters
  5. Brochures/booklets
  6. Manuals
  7. Notes and notebooks
Series 9 Organisational materials
  1. LIMS
  2. DNB
  3. ADTA
  4. ICKL
  5. CORD
  6. ADG
  7. Other organizations
Series 10 Non-print media

1. Video/Film 
2. Audio
3. Photographs 

4. Slides

Series 11 Ephemera
  1. Book inserts (bookmarks)
  2. Promotional materials
Series 12 Scores
  1. Labanotation
  2. Music
  3. Baroque/Feuillet
  4. Scripts and Graphic scores
Series 13 Clippings
  1. Clippings General
  2. Clippings Used for Study 

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

One Score, Three Different Dances

Submitted by Mei-Chen Lu - November 16, 2016

Last summer I taught "Motif Notation Workshop" at Beihe Dance Theater in Nanjing China.

All the students received the same Motif Notation score as a part of their final exam.  They were required to create a dance based on the score.  They had a choice of using music to accompany the movement.  For instance, the second dancer in the video chose music that suited her choreography.

Each student interpreted the score using their own ideas.  Each had a different movement style and preference.  Thus, twenty-eight students create twenty-eight different dances.  Video shows three dancers as examples.

Motif Notation is a great tool for creative process.  It also shows how dance can be analyzed and documented like literature and music.

(See also Motif Notation in China)


Monday, November 7, 2016

DNBulletin (1997-2010)

Submitted by Mei-Chen Lu - November 7, 2016

DNBulletin was one of the DNB publications, first edited by Senta Driver from 1997 to 2005, later by Oona Haaranen and Jessica Lindberg from 2008 to 2010.  It was published three times a year,  and recorded the news from the DNB in New York and the Extension at Ohio State.

Fall 1997, Volume 1, Number 1
Contents: We're Back; Ann Hutchinson Guest Honored; Spotlight; 1999 in Philadelphia; On the Road; Passing the Torch; The Library; Muriel Topaz, Guggenheim Fellow; Extension News; The New Elementary Labanotation Study Guide is Now Available.

Winter 1998, Volume 1, Number 2
Contents: DNB Honors Terlizzi; 1999 in Philadelphia Update; Notator Training; Spotlight; NEA Funds Interface Project; Graphic Aids Available; Website link; Call for Notation Sessions; Humphrey Coaching Videos; PAC Matters; Hong Kong Activities; Extension News.

Spring 1998, Volume 1, Number 3
Contents: Maria Grandy Schorr, 1937-1998; Major Grant from NIPAD; With A Little Help from Our Friends; Guggenheim for Ann Hutchinson Guest; The Library; Extension News; DNB at the Conferences; Spotlight.

Fall 1998, Volume 2, Number 1
Contents: New Home for DNB; The Maria Grandy Circulating Collection; Spotlight; Lucy Venable Honor; ADF's Margot Lehman Project; Finds; Notators at CORD; The Library; Extension News; Offenbach in Missouri.

Winter 1999, Volume 2, Number 2
Contents: Gala to Honor Reinserts; Helen Priest Rogers; Spotlight; First Forsythe; Opening the House; Runup to the 60th; The Library; Dancing in the Millennium; Extension News; At the Conferences; Mason's Guest; Motif Video; Life Forms/LabanWriter Update.

Spring 1999, Volume 2, Number 3
Contents: Saving Dance Treasures;; Runup to the 60th; Realizing the Full Value of Scores; How Has LN Served You?  The Library; Extension News; Hoffman's New Technology.

Fall 1999, Volume 3, Number 1
Contents: Database Planning Grant; Helen Priest Rogers Collection; Spotlight; Erick Hawkins; Runup to the 60th; The Library; ICKL at Barcelona; Extension News; CLIP to Learn Elementary LN; Millennium Dates.

Winter 2000, Volume 3, Number 2
Contents: May Anniversary Party; 60th Anniversary Repertory Project; Runup to the 60th; Profile; The Library; Join US on LabanTalk; Extension News; Advanced Text Update; LN at La Scala.

May 2000, Volume 3, Number 3
Contents: Happy Anniversary to Us; The Guest of Honor; Brief History, in Milestones; The Notators; The Library; Shepherds; The DNB Extension for Education and Research at The Ohio State University; Professional Counsel; Laban Movement Analysis; The School.

Fall 2000, Volume 4, Number 1
Contents: Honored by Our Own; Saving America's Agnes de Mille; Bob Shapiro Profile; Notation Teachers' Website; Library Report; OSU Extension News; Earl Ubell on Past and Future; Restating Assistance Available; DNB Presence in DC, Tokyo.

Winter 2001, Volume 4, Number 2
Contents: DNB's Broadway; Disappearing Legacies; Leni Wylliams, with a Little Help from His Friends; Library Report; OSU Extension News; Honorary Board Formed; Hines Taps Mahoney; LN as a Language; Goodbye, Earl, and Thanks.

Spring 2001, Volume 4, Number 3
Contents: NEH Funds Interface; Enhancing Effort in Ailey Scores; Notators Onward, Upward; Ambassador in Asia; Library Report; OSU Extension News; LN for Anthropology; Broadcast News.

Fall 2001, Volume 5, Number 1
Contents: 11 September 2001; New Board Leadership; A Team for Robbins Project; When the Memory-Based Restager Is Notation-Trained; Mira Kim Profile; Alliance of Dance Notation Educators; Notator Hired for German Company Staff; Library Report; OSU Extension News; Broadcast News; Fox to Address Brazil Conference.

Winter 2002, Volume 5, Number 2
Contents: Les Salons du Bureau; Farewell to Carl Wolz; Legacy, for the World; Lynne Weber Profile; LODC Courses and New Patrons; Task Force on LN Teacher Certification; Library Report; OSU Extension News; Notation on Their Minds in Texas; On Naming What We Do; Fox in Ballet Review.

Spring 2002, Volume 5, Number 3
Contents: Les Salons du Bureau II, Tudor's Planets Redivivus; Sally Brayley Bliss Profile; A French Champion for LN; ICKL Calls for Papers; Library Report; OSU Extension News; Long-Distance Learning; Dance Notation (Speakers') Bureau; Finally, the DNB Note Card Series; LN Serving You II; Matchmaking ABT+DNB.

Fall 2002, Volume 6, Number 1
Contents: New Foundation Support; Spotlight: an Enhanced Artist/LN Restager Collaboration; Profile; The Library; OSU Extension News; Margot Lehman Project: Standing Room Only; Dance Notation (Speakers') Bureau; Department of Enduring Fame.

Winter 2003, Volume 6, Number 2
Contents: Benefit Toast at Graham; Staff Moves; Spotlight: Dual Notators; Profile; The Library; OSU Extension News; Debugging LW 4.4; Taiwan Conference's Draw; Broadcast News.

Spring 2003, Volume 6, Number 3
Contents: Micky Topaz, 1932-2003; Asian Conference Rescheduled; Correction; Spotlight: Tudor on Stage; Profile; The Library; OSU Extension News; Summer at the Y with Guest; Hill/Wolz Award to Mira Kim.

Fall 2003, Volume 7, Number 1
Contents: Fox's 25th Saluted; Beverly Jensen; Spotlight: First Mark Morris Score; Profile; Visualizing the Score; Ann Hutchinson Guest Honored; The Newest Notator; Successful Y Conference; The Library; OSU Extension News; Panel Beat; Conference Call; Call for Members.

Winter 2004, Volume 7, Number 2
Contents: May Benefit; Spotlight: Building LabanDancer; Profile; 'Smart' Software Summit; Robbins Foundation Requests Encore; The Library; OSU Extension News; Notators in Print; Funds for Restaging.

Spring 2004, Volume 7, Number 3
Contents: Ohio Notation Summit; Delmas Foundation Supports Two Scores; Spotlight: Pilobolus' Second, Delaney's First; Profile; The Library; OSU Extension News; Dance Treasures on Tour; I'll Just Phone the Score; *Send Me a Card*.

Fall 2004, Volume 8, Number 1
Contents: Benefit Parties Everywhere; Spotlight: Martha Graham; Profile; The Library; OSU Extension; Four Conferences in Asia; And There She Goes Again; New on Board; Faithful Members.

Winter 2005, Volume 8, Number 2
Contents: From Ilene Fox; A Lot of Help From Our Friends; Spotlight: Afternoon of a Faun; Profile; The Library; OSU Extension; What Does That Mean By You?; LN's Activist in Taiwan.

Spring 2005, Volume 8, Number 3
Contents: Spotlight: Cascade of New Texts; Other Publication News; Profile; Notation in Russia; And in Texas, and in Jamaica; ICKL in London; The Library; OSU Extension.

Fall 2005, Volume 9, Number 1
Contents: Got Through All of Last Year, and We're Here; The New Team; New Approaches to Teacher Training; Training the Notators; Profile; The Library; OSU Extension.

Spring 2007, Volume 10, Number 1
Contents: Interview with New Directors; SMU: A New LN Center; Report from OSU; New Elementary Exams; Sagittal Forward Progress; Interview with V. Mockabee; Announcements from DNB.

Fall 2007, Volume 10, Number 2
Contents: Dr. Guest Celebrates Her Birthday and Updated Book Launch; ICKL 2007: New Mixture and Lively Presentations; News from DNB; News from the DNB Extension at OSU; Interview with Notator Ray Cook; Limón Living Archive Project; In Memoriam; Membership Drive; Wish List.

Spring 2008, Volume 11, Number 1
Contents: Peter Quanz; Mounting Steps at OSU; News from the DNB; News from the DNB Extension; Interview with Sandra Aberkalns; 2008 Global Laban Celebration; DNB Wish List.

Winter 2008-2009, Volume 11, Number 2
Contents: Entrances and Exists; News from the DNB; News from the DNB Extension; Interview with Mary Corey; Score of Morris Exercises; Interview with Mira Kim.

Winter 2010, Volume 12, Number 1
Contents: News from the DNB; Interview with Jennifer Garda, News from the DNB Extension; Interview with Patty Harrington Delaney.