Zagreb, Croatia
June 2016-August 2017


The Croatian Institute for Movement and Dance and Zagreb Dance Centre, Zagreb, Croatia are proud to announce

Laban/Bartenieff and Somatic Studies International (LSSI)
Certification Program in Movement Analysis and Somatic Practice™

Graduates of this Program will be certified in Movement Analysis and Somatic Practice™, and will be qualified to apply for fast-track registration with the International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association (ISMETA), as Registered Somatic Movement Educators and Therapists

This program is an intensive Certificated training, which prepares participants to work independently as Somatic Practitioners and as Movement Analysts in educational and professional settings. LSSI has presented Certification Programs in Movement Analysis and Somatic Practice since 2004.

*The Foundation Course consists of 12 full-length teaching days, Mon-Sat; Modules 1-4 consist of 15 full length teaching days, including Saturdays. The Foundation Course and Module 1 can be taken as independent modules.

Foundation Course tuition: $2200 USD.
Modules One-Four: $2450 USD each
Full program: $12,000.
Interested practitioners who are residents of Croatia may qualify for small bursaries. Expressions of interest to be made through For general information, contact

Download application form here
Please send your filled in application form by e-mail to:
by April 1st 2016.

This program has evolved from the long term collaboration between the Croatian Institute for Movement and Dance and the School of Contemporary Dance Ana Maletic who have nurtured relations over time and through practice with Janet Kaylo of Laban/Bartenieff and Somatic Studies International™ (LSSI). We are grateful for the opportunity to offer a small discount for qualifying professional dance practitioners who are residents of Croatia.

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Frequently asked questions

When do I need pay the total amount for each module, or the full program?

The Foundation Course and other Modules are to be paid in full on month prior to the start date. These payments secure your place on the program, and are non-refundable. If a Module is cancelled you will receive a full refund.

Please see the refund policy on the registration page of the LSSI website. Refunds are only made in exceptional circumstances, where possible. The costs of providing this training program incur before start of the program, and student enrollment is neccessary to guarantee fulfillment of expenditures.

How do I make payments?

Croatian residents may make their first payment for the Foundation Course in Croatian Kuna, through special arrangement with the Zagreb Dance Center. All other payments are made online through Paypal, via the following address:
At this address you will find a pull down menu with various payment options for the Foundation Course. (These menu items will change after the Foundation Course has been completed.)

Payments are accepted through Paypal, so ideally you should have a Paypal account, linked with your bank account or credit card. If you do not have a Paypal account, Paypal will instruct you in the steps to make a payment.

Follow the instructions on the registration page to email the application form and submit a $50 application fee.
After your application has been accepted (within 3-4 days), return to the registration page (
Click on the pull down menu and choose the fee you wish to pay.
Click the ‘Add to Cart’ button.

You will receive confirmation from Paypal that your payment has been made.

What happens to the money I paid if the program is cancelled?

If the program is cancelled, you will receive a full refund.

Do I need prior experience in working in / with somatic practice?

Anyone applying for the Foundation Course (which applies to all Modules) should already have a movement practice of some kind. This can be dance, yoga, Pilates, Continuum, theatre work, and others that you may do on your own. You also need prior experience of Laban Movement Analysis at minimum of introductory level, and if you have not had experience with somatic practice, you will need to have an understanding of functional or applied or experiential anatomy at a minimum of introductory level. If you are new to LMA and to Somatics, please write to, to discuss possibilities for meeting this criteria.

Do I receive a certificate for each of the modules I complete, or only upon the completion of the full program? What kind of proof do I get that I have completed a module?

You will receive a certificate of completion for each module from LSSI.

Do I need to know / speak English? How well do I need to know English?

Yes. This program is taught in English, by English speakers. There will be some opportunity for translation inside and outside of class time, but these opportunities are to clarify understanding only, not for the purpose of translating the essentials of what is being presented. There will be no official translator, and therefore the translating that occurs will take place between Croatian speakers with lesser and greater English proficiency.

If you have taken other movement classes or had movement coaching in English, and can read in English, then you understand English well enough to take the course. If you can read the LSSI website, you know English well enough to take the course! If you cannot, then the reading materials may be difficult for you. English comprehension is more important than speech, and having experience in movement exploration will make understanding the English-spoken contexts and words easier to understand.

Once registered, do I need to attend regulary / daily each of the modules?

Yes. Any class that is missed on the module means that specific material has been missed that may not be repeated in the program. It is the participant’s responsibility to get the missed material from one of their classmates or one of the tutors. Students are discouraged from missing any classes or days on the program, but should unforeseen or pressing circumstance arise, it will be possible to get the material through a tutorial and/or classmate’s sharing of notes and experiences in the classes missed. If tutorials are required with one of the faculty tutors, these will incur an additional cost to the student to the faculty member involved at an hourly basis.

In case that I decide this is not for me, do I get any portion of the payment back if I decide not to continue?

We expect participants to have had exposure to LMA and/or somatic work before they apply. When they have, they know enough about the material and the teaching approaches to generally safeguard against enrolling and then discovering they are not interested in completing a full session. It should be noted, that LSSI has never had a student decide not to continue a module, once they have begun. If someone is ‘unsure’ about his/her level of interest in LMA and somatic work, it is best to have further exposure before embarking on enrollment in a module. The Foundation Course also provides opportunity for deepening commitment to Movement Analysis and Somatic Study, in a 90-hour stand-alone course.

What does a typical day in a module look like?

The day formally begins at 9am, though arriving between 8:30-8:45 for BF practice is strongly suggested for daily somatic practice. We have one hour and 15 minutes for lunch, and two 15 minute breaks during the day. We finish the day at 5:45. For the Foundation Course, and at 6:15 for other Modules. Saturdays are included in the teaching sessions. Note that there are national holidays and Sundays included as teaching days in the schedule.

Are there lectures only and then practical periods, or is it all rolled into one?

Theory and practice is interwoven. Generally, you will have a movement experience to go with theoretical frameworks introduced, though at times this may take a discussion format instead. The movement is not generally strenuous, and the progression of a day has a balance in exertion and recuperation, with some work more ‘inner’, and other work more ‘outer’ in quality.

Is there any homework to be expected during these periods/ modules or in between the modules?

Yes. There are assignments to be completed between modules, and the final project to be presented in Module Four in 2016. The final project work begins after Module Two.
During the Modules themselves, students may be given overnight reading to prepare for the following day. This may not always be possible, so it is not mandatory, though it is helpful. There is also one advising session per Module with a member of faculty. This is a one-on-one session for answering questions and preparing for assessments. Students may also have group projects that require some meeting after class, but this does not occur in every Module. Assessments take place within each Module, including the Foundation Course. These are practical assessments that generally include a written version of material assessed.


Core Faculty

Janet Kaylo, MA, CMA, RSMT, SrDMP, MPA
Janet is the Founder/Director of Laban/Bartenieff and Somatic Studies International™ (LSSI). She holds an MA with Distinction in Jungian and Post-Jungian Studies from the University of Essex, Center for Psychoanalytic Studies, UK; is a Certified Movement Analyst, a Registered Somatic Movement Therapist (ISMETA), a Senior Dance Movement Psychotherapist (ADMP, UK), and a Movement Pattern Analyst (Warren Lamb’s training, with Motus Humanus). In her early career, she was a professional dancer in New York City, Dance Editor of ‘In-Step with the Performing Arts of New York’ – the first tabloid to exclusively utilize dancers as writers and critics – and Founder/Director of her own professional 9-member Repertory Dance Theatre Company.

Janet was core faculty for the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies (LIMS) CMA programs at University of Maryland College Park, and University of Quebec at Montreal (UQAM). As Director of LSSI she has designed and directed CMA programs (in affiliation with LIMS, NY) at York and Ryerson Universities in Toronto, and in Vancouver, BC.

As full time permanent faculty for the Laban Centre in London (now Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance) from 1995-2004, Janet introduced somatic approaches to technique training, to Laban Movement Analysis, and to Dance Movement Psychotherapy in the UK. She developed the ‘Experiential Anatomy into Contemporary Technique’ component on Trinity Laban’s BA Hons Dance Theatre programme with Gill Clarke, where she also supervised BA and MA dissertations. She later collaboratively designed the first two-year MA in Dance Movement Psychotherapy at Goldsmiths University of London and was the programme’s first Course Leader.

Janet is trained in Warren Lamb’s Movement Pattern Analysis, has worked clinically and in private practice, and has pioneered workshops in trans-species movement and observation with the Kerulos Center in the US. In Zagreb, she currently teaches the Experiential Anatomy component on the BA in Dance Pedagogy and Performance for the Zagreb Academy, and formerly designed a somatic movement program for Sunčani Hvar resort. In the US, she is founder of Savannah Moving Art Projects, teaches Somatic improvisation, and maintains a private practice as a Somatic Movement Therapist & Dance Movement Psychotherapist. (see Janet Kaylo)

Charlotte Darbyshire is an independent dance artist and teacher. She was a Dance Lecturer on the BA (Hons) Dance Theatre Programme at Trinity Laban from 2000-2011, teaching Experiential Anatomy into Contemporary Technique, Choreography and Performance. She was also Component Leader for these subjects. She supervises BA and MA dissertations at Trinity Laban and London School of Contemporary Dance, where she designed and led a 3rd year elective: ‘Investigating Inclusive Practice’; and 2nd year ‘Fundamental Teaching Practice’. She is involved in on-going practical research into inclusive and creative approaches to dance practice for disabled and non-disabled students, and has led related teacher-training workshops and lectures.

Charlotte was a founding member of CandoCo Dance Company, touring and teaching internationally from 1994-1999. She performed works by Siobhan Davies, Emilyn Cloid, Adam Benjamin, Guilherme Bothelo of Compagnie Alias, Annabel Arden and Jos Houben of Theatre du Complicite and was instrumental in the development of their integrated Education Programme.

Charlotte has also performed for Ricochet Dance Productions, Carol Brown, Aletta Collins, Company Q, Company Pyke and Dog Kennel Hill Project. She makes her own work including dance for camera. She was Assistant Choreographer on Alison Murry’s feature film, ‘Mouth to Mouth’ and won an award at The Place for her first short film: ‘Taut’, commissioned by Channel 4, 2001.

Charlotte is currently completing her training with Linda Hartley in ‘Integrative Bodywork and Movement Therapy’ an ISMETA-approved programme, and practicing the performance of ‘At Once’ – the Deborah Hay Solo Commissioning Project. In 2014 she co-created and performed a duet with Henrietta Hal (of Dog Kennel Hill Project) for Matthew Darbyshire’s solo show/installation for Shipley Art Gallery, in Gateshead and Bloomberg Gallery, London. Charlotte is the UK ‘mentor’ for IDOCDE (International Documentation of Contemporary Dance Education), whose aim is to document best practice of contemporary dance education and to make it more available, as a tool for dance educators, and as a database for research via the IDOCDE website.

Nadine Saxton MA, CMA, RSMT, CST, Dip.Psych
Nadine holds an MA in Dance from York University, and completed her CMA training in Montreal at UQAM under the direction of Peter Madden (with Janet Kaylo) in 1996. She trained in Labanotation at University of Waterloo and at Ohio State University, including drafting the full score of Anna Blewchamps reconstruction of Gweneth Lloyd’s “The Wise Virgins”. She is co-author of the book “Toronto Dance Theatre 1968-1998 Stages in a Journey”. She was faculty at York University, Toronto, for over ten years, teaching Labanotation, Movement Analysis, Ballet, and Movement for non-dance majors.

Nadine is a registered Somatic Movement Therapist with ISMETA, and a Certified CranioSacral therapist with advanced standing in the Upledger Institute training. She continues to work annually as a Certified Teaching Assistant with the Upledger Institute. She holds a Diploma in Existential Integrative Psychotherapy, and maintains a busy private practice as a Somatic Psychotherapist where she offers a uniquely personalized approach utilizing CranioSacral therapy, movement analysis, and psychotherapy. Her current research involves applying somatic work to facilitate the healing of trauma, and teaching of empathy through kinesthetic attunement for psychotherapists.
Nadine has been core faculty for Laban/Bartenieff and Somatic Studies International (LSSI) since its inception, including the first Certificate program at York University directed by Janet Kaylo.

Nadine runs regular workshops in Toronto in Laban Movement Analysis, Bartenieff Fundamentals, and Experiential Anatomy. She designed the first Experiential Anatomy Course at Ryerson University, and continues to break ground cross-fertilizing Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analysis with theatre training, ice-skating, Pilates, yoga and psychotherapy.

She has presented at the annual Yoga Conference on Developmental Movement and Yoga, Organ Support for Movement, Introduction to Somatics, and CranioSacral Therapy techniques for Yoga Instructors. She presented Shape Flow Breath Support for movement at the Healthy Dancer Conference in October 2013. Nadine blogs regularly on the topic of embodied living and is conducting research for a book on Somatics. (see Nadine Saxton)

Donna Redlick, MA, CMA, RSME
Donna Redlick holds an MA in Dance Creative Practice, with a focus on Somatic Studies, from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London, UK. Her thesis research, focused on sensing in performance and a post-structural approach to dance, was presented at the Somatic Dance Conference in Brockport, New York, summer 2013. She works as a contemporary dance choreographer, dance educator, and Certified Movement Analyst (CMA) in Vancouver, B.C. She is a graduate of the first Toronto LIMS®-endorsed CMA program, hosted by York University, under the direction of Janet Kaylo. Donna also holds a Diploma in Dance Teacher Training from Grant MacEwan College of Fine Arts and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Saskatchewan.

Donna became core faculty for LSSI's CMA program in the Vancouver, BC program in 2008. She has over 25 years of teaching experience that include 23 years at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts (SCA), where she was Artistic Advisor for the dance program, Artistic Director of Continuum Dance Company (which she founded as a venue for adults returning to dance) and Artistic Director for the Youth In Motion Dance Company. At SCA, Donna designed modern dance curricula for youth, developing a thriving creative dance program for children and young people. She has also taught for the MainDance Bridging Program, as an artist in residence for the Vancouver School Board, and as a professional development teacher for a various school boards in the lower mainland area. She currently teaches as a sessional instructor for Simon Fraser University at the School of Contemporary Arts.

As an independent choreographer, Donna has presented in numerous venues and festivals. In 1998 she formed her own company, Donna Redlick Dance and in 2004 presented her first full length show “(re)calling memory”. Her piece “Sometimes it never leaves your skin” was presented in London, UK at the Open Space International Workshop Festival in 2008. “The Space Between”, presented at the Dancing on the Edge Festival in 2011, was described by writer and reviewer Kaija Pepper as ‘dance as philosophical speculation’. Donna’s current project “Body as Site”, in collaboration with architect Rui Nunes, involves dance and installation as a performance event created for gallery spaces and open spaces. She is a grant recipient from both the Canada Council and the BC Arts Council.

In addition to teaching for LSSI, currently Donna is freelancing in the Vancouver area, offering classes in contemporary dance, dance improvisation, and dance education integrating Laban Movement Analysis. She runs Introductory, pre-requisite Courses for Certificate training in Movement Analysis and Somatic Practice, and works as a Movement Specialist in her private studio, coaching and assisting dancers to find full body integration and personal movement expression. (see Donna Redlick)


Laban/Bartenieff and Somatic Studies International (LSSI) Certification Program in Movement Analysis and Somatic Practice™
Organized by the Zagreb Dance Centre, Zagreb, Croatia

LSSI has been presenting international Certification Programs under the direction of Janet Kaylo since 2004. These programs were formerly also affiliated with LIMS®, New York, and are now qualified independently as approved 500-hour training programs with ISMETA. In addition to a Certificate in Movement Analysis and Somatic Practice™ from LSSI, graduates are qualified for fast-track registration with ISMETA as Somatic Movement Educators and Therapists.

The LSSI Certification program is organized in five intensive sessions: a Foundation Course placing Laban Movement Analysis as Somatic Practice, followed by four thematic Modules in Body, Shape, Effort, Space. In-class sessions are supported by individual tutorial hours, group projects, and morning somatic practice.

Sessions are designed for participants from diverse educational and cultural backgrounds and are grounded in the theoretical frameworks of Laban Movement Analysis, Bartenieff Fundamentals (LMA/BF), Phenomenology, and Somatic theory. The 500-hour program prepares trainees to work with LMA, Bartenieff Fundamentals, elements of Bodymind Centering, movement repatterning, and observation – specifically as 1st-person-based somatic approaches.

Faculty include master teachers in LMA/BF, Developmental Movement, Cranial Sacral Therapy, Dance Movement Psychotherapy, Somatic Psychotherapy, and Integrated dance/movement research and performance.

LMA/BF has been utilized for decades in professional training for dancers, actors, and dance movement therapists in the US, UK, Canada, and Europe, while Somatic Practice continues a global expansion in dance research, professional training and performance; in body psychotherapy; and as a tool for multi-disciplinary application in bodymind awareness and integration.