Language of Dance
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.
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.
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.
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.
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