Frequently Asked Questions

Course, Sales & Membership questions

Our FAQ's are organized into two sections: Course, Sales, and Membership questions and Theory, History, and Organizational questions. This will help you find your answers as quickly as possible.

The goals of the Language of Dance Center are to:
  1. Educate teachers, professionals, students, and the general public in the LOD Approach
  2. Certify educators and professionals in the LOD Approach
  3. Communicate and exchange ideas about LOD to support practices and research that promote dance literacy
  4. Develop social engagement aspects of the LOD Approach
  5. Develop markets for LODC services and products.
The LODC works with institutions throughout the US to host courses. To find out more about our courses, please see our training information.
You can now register on our website for many of our courses.
  • Find the course you want to register for in Training.
  • Scroll down the page and select the Add to Cart button.
  • Select the Check Out button to pay with debit/credit card or the Check out with PayPal button to pay with your PayPal account.
  • Follow the directions on the PayPal site to complete your payment and you will receive a payment confirmation email from PayPal.
There are four different levels of qualification to become certified as a Language of Dance Specialist:
  • Language of Dance® Foundations Parts 1 and 2. These two courses do not have to be taken sequentially.
The following three certification courses must be taken sequentially. Participants who successfully complete all of the requirements for all three courses are awarded the Language of Dance Specialist certification.
  • Stage 1: Language of Dance® Fundamentals Certification Course
  • Stage 2: Develop Language of Dance® Principles
  • Stage 3: Language of Dance® Applications
To purchase our study materials, please see our Shop.

The following are required reading(s) for our courses.

Foundations:
  • Motif Notation: An Introduction
Stages 1-2:
  • Your Move: The Language of Dance Approach to the Study of Movement and Dance
  • Your Move: The Language of Dance Approach to the Study of Movement and Dance Exercise Sheets
  • Motif at a Glance! Flip chart
*Order the 2nd edition of Your Move: The Language of Dance Approach to the Study of Movement and Dance, required for Stages 1-3, directly through Taylor & Francis at 1-800-634-7064
  • To purchase LOD publications, please see our Shop.
  • Choose each item you want to purchase by selecting the Add to Cart button. After each selection, the website will take you to your ‘shopping cart.’
  • To add more items to your cart, select the Continue Shopping button and the website will take you back to our online shop.
  • Select the Check Out button to pay with debit/credit card or the Check out with PayPal button to pay with your PayPal account.
  • Follow the directions on the PayPal site to complete your payment and you will receive a payment confirmation email from PayPal.
Your order will be packed and ready to ship within 4-5 business days. You can expect delivery within 10-16 business days.

A flat shipping charge of 25% of your order total is automatically applied to all orders within the United States of America’s states and territories. Membership fees, course registration fees, and curriculum pack orders (curriculum packs are emailed to the purchaser) are exempt from shipping fees.

International shipping rates will apply for all orders outside of the USA. A flat shipping charge of 75% of your order total is automatically applied to all orders outside the United States of America’s states and territories. If you live in the United Kingdom and Europe, please order through our sister organization, the Language of Dance Center, UK.

All purchased items are not returnable.

University bookstores are exempt from this return policy; please see our Bookstore order information on our Shop page: LODC, USA Shop. Bookstore representatives should call the Language of Dance® Center at 917-796-1617 for details.
  • Peruse our available products in our Shop or with our NYC DOE Publications Catalogue.
  • Give our Sole Vendor Letter to your purchasing secretary. The sole vendor letter is not intended to be a catalogue for you, the Dance Educator, to shop from. It is just a business protocol for selling goods to and with the Department of Education. The active NYC DOE FAMIS vendor code for the LODC, USA is LAN489819. The school must create a purchase order and send to tcurran@lodcusa.org.

All DOE vendors are paid after commodities are provided to the school. The LODC, USA will not send the products until we receive an official purchase order from the DOE that the school has created (DOE purchase orders usually start with WI, WV, WO, VP with the DOE seal). The purchasing limit is NOT $250.00 monthly for a SIPP (Small Item Payment Process). Postage and handling is 25% of your total order, minus the cost of any curriculum packs (curriculum packs are e-purchases; they will be emailed not shipped). Please included the proper shipping and handling to the purchase order. After you receive your LOD order, we will send an invoice for payment.

*Please contact the NYC DOE school based team of FSC help desk at 718-935-5000 with any additional questions.

A flat shipping charge of 25% of your order total is automatically applied to all orders within the United States of America’s states and territories. Membership fees, course registration fees, and curriculum pack orders (curriculum packs are emailed to the purchaser) are exempt from shipping fees.

International shipping rates will apply for all orders outside of the USA. A flat shipping charge of 75% of your order total is automatically applied to all orders outside the United States of America’s states and territories. If you live in the United Kingdom and Europe, please order through our sister organization, Language of Dance Center, UK.
Select Membership on our top menu, read about the benefits of our membership, and complete the membership application. To complete the membership application:
  • Enter your name; address; email address; how you know of LOD; and coursework you may have completed with us.
  • You will then select the type of membership you wish to register for: Individual, Organization, Retiree, or Student (student memberships will be verified with a scan or copy of a valid campus ID emailed to rwurman@lodcusa.org).
  • Finally, select your method of payment and click Send.
  • A Thank you page will appear with the address to mail your payment to and the Add to Cart buttons to pay with your debit/credit card or PayPal account. Select the Pay Now button corresponding to the membership you indicated in your application.
  • Select the Check Out button to pay with debit/credit card or the Check out with PayPal button to pay with your PayPal account.
  • Follow the directions on the PayPal site to complete your payment and you will receive a payment confirmation email from PayPal.
The LODC, USA will process your membership and email/mail you your membership letter and card. You will also receive an invitation to join our Listserv.

*To receive your members’ only access to our website, please follow the directions below to register your membership on our site.
  • Select the Member Login option under the Membership menu and then select Register or click here: LODC, USA Membership Registration To complete the registration application:
  • Enter your name and email address.
  • Create your unique username and password, re-enter your password and select Register.
  • Once your registration is approved by our LODC staff, you will receive a confirmation email. You may then log on to the site and access the member’s only shop where your membership discount has already been applied!
*Please note: you must be a paid member of the LODC, USA to register for and access the member’s only discounted shop.
  • Select Member Login at the top of our website and login.
  • Once logged in, shop away and enjoy your member’s discount!
*Please note: you must be a paid member of the LODC, USA to register for and access the member’s only discounted shop.
Select the Member Login option under the Membership drop-down menu and select logout.
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You will receive a payment confirmation email from PayPal.

Theory, History & Organizational questions

Our FAQ's are organized into two sections: Course, Sales, and Membership questions and Theory, History, and Organizational questions. This will help you find your answers as quickly as possible.

The Language of Dance, a theoretical and practical framework, is a tool to experience and understand movement and to communicate movement concepts through movement-based terminology and symbols. The framework consists of the:
  1. Basic movement concepts as expressed by the distinct terminology of the Movement Alphabet and the Motif symbols, visual representations of the movement concepts;
  2. Representation of movement concepts on paper through Motif Notation;
  3. Representation of movement in time and space through Motif Notation. One enters into the theoretical and practical aspects of the framework through one or more processes, such as exploration, observation, interpretation, analysis, evaluation, creation, and documentation of movement concepts.
The Movement Alphabet is composed of the prime actions (the movement ‘verbs’), movement concentrations and aims of which all movement, hence all forms of dance, are comprised. Each ‘letter’ of the Alphabet, expressed by a Motif symbol, represents a movement category.

The Language of Dance Approach is a learner-centered pedagogical framework that uses the Movement Alphabet and related Motif symbols to link the physical experience of moving with cognitive and affective understanding. Grounded in experiential learning, the Language of Dance Approach cultivates critical and creative thinking, personal empowerment, and artistic agency.
Dance is a “language” of functional and expressive gestures and body configurations through which non-verbal communication can be achieved. Notation provides the means to analyze movement patterns, phrases, and “sentences.” The Language of Dance®, like any verbal language, has basic “parts of speech.” There is a clearly constructed grammar that defines the relationship of the movement words to each other and how they function in the movement sentence. The structural categories in this language of movement are verbs, nouns, and adverbs.
Dr. Ann Hutchinson Guest, dancer, teacher, writer, researcher, visionary, and an acclaimed dance notation expert, created and developed the Language of Dance Approach and coined this term in 1967. Dr. Guest began to use the notation symbols in a freer, more exploratory way while teaching children at the 92nd Street Y in the 1950’s. She discovered that the physical coordination and focus required by structured notation limited the children’s freedom to move and be creative. This experience inspired her to research and identify the prime actions universal to all movement forms. After consulting many lists and sources including the “Seven Movements in Dance” as taught in the Cecchetti Classical Ballet Method, Laban’s list of basic actions, and the writings of Margaret H’Doubler, she codified her definition of the ABC’s of movement, the Movement Alphabet. Dr. Guest is also the primary developer of Rudolf Laban’s (1879-1958) system of Kinetography, which she coined “Labanotation.”
Children love to move. They learn through both visual and physical means hence their joy in discovering each Movement Alphabet ‘letter’ and their ease in relating to the symbols. Not only does it enhance their motor skills but also their creativity. Generating their own sequences is like a game; they see it written down and they enjoy performing the movements they have chosen.
Dance artists using the Language of Dance Approach throughout their professional and pedagogical practices. They use it as a pedagogical framework in teaching, learning, and assessment; as a compositional tool; as an inroad to understanding the dance in dance history studies; as a pedagogical framework to create comprehensive literacy-based dance education curricula; as a research framework for critical analysis and comparative studies in dance; as a principal means to access to our dance legacy; as a means to build and develop artistry; and as an advocacy tool to communicate about dance using a dance-based language and symbol system.

The Language of Dance® approach promotes the transference of the physical experience of dance to an intellectual understanding that enhances student learning as well as the dance-making process. In gaining these skills and developing a sense of ownership, students grow in confidence and in perceptual skills. The movement terminology introduced from the start, provides an important means of communication and can save time and confusion. This is particularly helpful for children or participants with learning difficulties who, with Language of Dance®, are able to talk about their movement ideas and comment on what they are observing in the performances of others.

The Language of Dance Approach uses Movement Alphabet concepts together with the symbolic representation of each concept to give students the chance to achieve measurable skills in dance, learn movement, vocabulary, and develop choreography. This in turn will improve fitness and coordination, encourage social and communication skills, and help build self-confidence. Addressing kinesthetic (through the movement), auditory (through correct terminology), and visual (using visual motif notation symbols) learning styles, classes can be adapted to suit students of all levels. The process of exploring the raw material of dance provides an enlightening and revealing experience for all who have grown up learning structured forms of movement. They begin to recognize the component parts of familiar actions and positions and hence experience them in a more insightful way.