Embodied Learning Labs

Weekend Workshops with Amy Matthews
Saturday & Sunday, 9:30am-5pm

These weekends are opportunities to take a deep dive into (rather than a quick tour of) various topics. We’ll take time to explore the details and practice the forms, and to see how repetition and exploration can support the ability to blend, distill or personalize a movement practice. Each weekend will have a focus on a movement form (such as the Bartenieff Fundamentals, or BMC’s Series 1 or Series 2, or LMA’s Spatial Scales) synthesized with ideas from other somatic practices, developmental movement, physiology, anatomy, kinesiology and embryology. There are no prerequisites for these workshops, and no previous experience is required.

Bartenieff Fundamentals

The Bartenieff Fundamentals is an approach to movement observation, exploration and re-patterning that was developed by Irmgard Bartenieff. It includes a collection of simple movements (called the Basic 6) that can be explored in a huge variety of ways, and used as supporting forms for other practices (like BMC). In developing the Basic 6, Irmgard Bartenieff was looking for the functional movements (sometimes described as “building blocks”) that underlie both functional and expressive activities of daily life as well as movement practices.

The first three Embodied Learning Lab workshops will be on the Bartenieff Fundamentals – September is Lower Limbs, December is Upper Limbs and January 2018 will be on X-Rolls. Amy will be sharing variations she’s borrowed, adopted, and developed over the years, and explorations of the relationships between BF, BMC and PNF.

These workshops are open to people who have experience with BF but would like to spend more time exploring, AND people who have no experience with the Bartenieff Fundamentals.


January 27-28, 2018
Bartenieff Fundamentals: Body Half & X-Roll
In this workshop we will practice the Basic 6 (and related movements) that lead to the X-Roll, and explore variations that include different initiations, sequencing, and levels.

Jan 27-28: Bartenieff Fundamentals: Body Half & X-Roll
Feb 24-25: Developmental Movement: Midline & Rolling
Apr 7-8: Developmental Movement: Rolling & Crawling
Sep 22-23: Bartenieff Fundamentals: Lower Limbs
Nov 17-18: Bartenieff Fundamentals: Upper Limbs
Dec 15-16: Laban Movement Analysis: Movement Scales

          • $360 full price, $340 early registration
            BP Members: $340 full price, $320 early registration
          • Saturday only: $180 full price, $170 early registration
            BP Members: $170 full prices, $160 early registration
            (Email us at to book a single day.)
          • Full year – six weekends: $1,980
            BP Members: $1,860



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