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Language of Dance Center

The Language of Dance® Center (LODC) is an educational service organization dedicated to the advancement and promotion of movement literacy. Developed by Dr. Ann Hutchinson Guest, the Language of Dance® Approach links movement exploration with Motif symbols to build an explicit foundation of movement knowledge.


Who We Are

Our mission is to advance and promote Language of Dance® (LOD) nationally and internationally as an essential element to empower educators, professionals, and the general public in their study, practice, appreciation, and research in dance.


The Language of Dance Center offers four types of educational services: Tasters and Workshops, Thematic Content Courses, Language of Dance Foundations, and three levels of Certification in the LOD Approach (LOD Master Practitioner Certification: Module B and C).


The Language of Dance Center has Motif publications and teaching aids available to purchase for your teaching and creative needs. Start shopping now!

Movement Alphabet

The Movement Alphabet are the prime actions ('verbs') and concepts of which movement is comprised. Each Movement Alphabet symbol is a Motif, a representation of an entire constellation of ideas in a single concept, for the mover to interpret in a myriad of ways.

Our History

The Language of Dance® Approach grew out of Ann Hutchinson Guest’s work with children at the New York City 92nd Street Y.M.H.A. in the 1950’s and later with adults in London’s Teacher Training College of the Royal Academy of Dance in the 1970’s.


Join the Language of Dance Center! As a member, enjoy full access to members-only resources, information, and downloads, as well as use your member discount in our LODC, USA Shop.


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Top Stories

LOD Lesson for Remote Learning

We know that Dance Educators around the country are facing the unique challenge of quickly creating online, remote learning lessons. We would love to help in some small way. Our own LOD Certification Specialist Beth Megill created this dance education les
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LODC announces new fixed shipping charges on domestic orders.

For orders within the US, we have NEW fixed shipping rates based on the total value of your order.
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Register NOW for Module B and C of our LOD Master Practitioner Certification.

For the first time in over a decade, we are excited to announce our LOD Master Practitioner Certification Module B, online beginning in September 2019.
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Language of Dance Centre celebrates their 50th Anniversary and Language of Dance Center celebrates our 20th Anniversary!

On October 28th, The LODC (UK and USA) celebrated their 50th and 20th Anniversary milestones, and the 99th birthday of our founder Ann Hutchinson Guest at the Royal Academy of Dance in London.
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Ann Hutchinson Guest received the Martha Hill Dance Fund Lifetime Achievement Award!!!

Congratulations to our founder, the revolutionary, Ann Hutchinson Guest on this incredible honor from the Martha Hill Dance Fund.
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Calling all Members! Calling all Members!

Discover new notation tips, theory, research, and other LOD information, exclusive for our fantastic members.
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