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Language of Dance® Master Practitioner Certification: Module A

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Loyola Marymount University Department of Theatre and Dance
Los Angeles, CA

Monday July 8th to Thursday July 17, 2019
9:30am-4:30pm

*COURSE URGENT NEWS* Scholarships are available for K-12 teachers, who have taught for 3 years, from Fund for Teachers. Apply for the $3000 directly through their website by January 31, 2019.

Register & Pay for Module A or all 3 Modules:

Certification: Module A

LOD Foundations 1 and 2 introduced you to about 10% of the LOD motif notation material. The full certification course (3 modules) delves into the complete system of LOD pedagogy and motif notation use and application and how to make it useful in your practice. The three modules must be completed in sequence. We are offering them in a summer, winter, summer (2019-2020) sequence. In all three modules, you will: write and interpret scores, have formative practice teaching using the LOD pedagogy and compositional tools, receive resources, focus your own project, and experience mentorship through the process.

Total Hours in 3 modules: (200 Hour Certification Process) are structured around the following concepts, which are summarized here:

 Module A: July 8-17, 2019 in Los Angeles, REVIEW and EXTENSION into new specifics in concept families: Action/Stillness, Motion/Destination, Flexion/Extension, Rotation, Springing, Travel/Floorplans, Relationships, Situations in Meeting, Change of Support, Part Leading, Parts of Body, Dynamics, Emotional Dynamics, Direction, Body Key and Standard Key, Intro to Labanotation, Beginning level readings. Start project.

 Module B: (Fall-winter-spring Intermediate, online course module in once-a-month format with partner, small group, and mentor) DEEPENING and Learning Specifics and details: Springing combined with other actions, more Relationships, Folding/Contracting/Joining, Twisting using Parts of Body, Tilting, Shifting (isolations), Travel combined with other actions, Gestural Pathways, Design Drawing, Scatter/Gather, Left-Right Staff, Intro to Labanotation, Intermediate level readings. Continue developing project.

 Module C: (Summer 2020 in Los Angeles, Advanced material and final projects) Shape, Symmetrical/Asymmetrical, Balance/Falling, Spiral Pathways, Gestural Pathways, Looking/Seeing/Gazing, Direction of Progression, Minor Directions, Constant Cross Key and Stance Key, Intro to Labanotation, Advanced level readings. Sharing of final project. Certificate awarded upon completion with invitation to co-teach LOD Foundations courses.

Prices (Total for all three Modules in one lump sum: $3000 *Does not include Prerequisite exam fee, if applicable)

Module A: (summer in Los Angeles)

o   Early Bird (before 3/15/19) $1250

o   Regular Registration (3/16/19-5/1/19) $1400

o   Late Registration (5/2/19-6/15/19) $1550

o   Optional payment plan available for Module A. Payment increments must result in full payment (full tuition and, if applicable, prequalifying study/exam fee) by June 1, 2019 to confirm registration. Please contact Tina Curran to arrange payment plan.

Module B: $750 (online monthly meetings during interim between Module A & C)

Module C: $1000 (summer in Los Angeles)

LOD Foundations prequalifying study/exam fee: $85

Scholarships are available for K-12 teachers, who have taught for 3 years, from Fund for Teachers. Apply for the $3000 directly through their website by January 31, 2019.

Instructors are Language of Dance Certification Specialists:

LAUSD Salary Points Available.

Required Texts: Find ordering information under Reference Materials in our Online Shop.

For more information, email: info@lodcusa.org

Course Description and Benefits

Language of Dance® Master Practitioner Certification: Module A

Enlighten your dance practice using the Language of Dance Approach (invented and developed by Dr. Ann Hutchinson Guest) in Module A, the first of a three-part certification process leading to becoming a Language of Dance Specialist. Establish your foundation in a rich, playful pedagogy for dance literacy in this 10-day professional development certification course, July 8-17, 2019, in Los Angeles, CA. Cultivate your confidence with reading, writing, and utilizing Motif Notation scores to deepen your dance and revitalize your practice. Offered for the first time in over a decade, this is your chance to join the global network of notation literate artists, teachers, and scholars.


Completion of LOD Foundations Parts 1 and 2 is required. For prerequisite equivalency, contact Susan Gingrasso.


Benefits of engagement in the Language of Dance Master Practitioner Certification: Module A:

Study of the Language of Dance Approach will deepen your aesthetic and artistic beliefs, values, and philosophy leading to expansion and clarification of  your artistic and pedagogical practices. You will gain cognitive, physical, aesthetic, and social-emotional experience of the breadth and depth of the Language of Dance® Movement Alphabet as you:  

HOUSING Options for Module A:

·       Airbnb, in the Westchester neighborhood of Los Angeles around the LMU campus, ranges from $36-$74/night (cheapest deal would be if you share a house/condo with a few course participants. We can connect you with other interested parties). Search around 1 LMU Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90045. That is the Westchester neighborhood around the university.

·       Custom Hotel, which is a 15 to 20-minute walk to campus, approximately $96/night single.