Global Water Dances
began with a small group of students of non-verbal communications all trained in Laban Movement Analysis, with decades of experience in producing Movement Choirs, events that use community dance to create social cohesion. Participation in planning local events or Global Water Dances
is open to anyone who loves to move.
Global Water Dances was the brainchild of a group of Laban Movement Analysts who attended a conference on Dance And the Environment in July 2008 at Schumacher College in England. This college is connected to the Dartington Estate, which is rich in modern dance history and Laban's life. This original conference group makes up the Founding Members, and includes Karen Bradley, Richard Bell, John Chanik, Gretchen Dunn, Martha Eddy, Ellen Goldman, Marylee Hardenbergh, Antja Kennedy, Tara Stepenburg, Simone Hoever,and Daniela Schlemm.
The artistic director for this global project is Marylee Hardenbergh.
For more information about the Laban/Bartenieff Movement Studies, please follow these links:
Karen Bradley MA, CMA
Director of Graduate Studies in Dance, University of Maryland
Karen Kohn Bradley is Associate Professor of Dance and Director of Graduate Studies in Dance at the University of Maryland. She is a Certified Movement Analyst in Laban Movement Analysis and is on the Board of the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies in New York City. As a movement analyst, she has worked in dance therapy, with learning disabled children, in arts education research and policy, and observes and coaches politicians and business leaders. She authored the book Rudolf Laban as a part of Routledge’s series on 20th Century performance practitioner. In addition, she has published book chapters, articles, and presentations on arts education, specifically learning theory and styles as observed and accessed through dance and movement. She has also choreographed, written and directed for theatre in the Baltimore and Washington, DC communities and is currently writing an online book: Ultimate Moves: Fluency in Your Other Native Language.
Bradley comments regularly in the media on political figures and their body movement, most recently in The New Yorker magazine, for the Washington Post, and has appeared on Hardball, with Chris Matthews and Inside Politics on CNN. She has led workshops on nonverbal leadership style for the Academy of Leadership Studies at the University of Maryland, where she is a Fellow.
Environmental Researcher and Editor
Richard Bell is a writer and editor who has worked in national electoral politics and in the environmental movement for the past 30-plus years. He has been a pioneer in the use of online communications in electoral politics: as new media director at the Democratic National Committee, he built the first national political party website, and the first party online community. In John Kerry’s 2004 campaign, he managed the first presidential campaign blog. From 1985 to 1990, he served as research director for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee under 3 chairmen. In the environmental field, he has worked for the Worldwatch Institute, Friends of the Earth, and Post Carbon Institute. He is a recipient of the National Council of Teachers of English George Orwell Award for Distinguished Contribution to Honesty and Clarity in Public Language
as co-author of Nukespeak: Nuclear Language, Visions, and Mindset (Sierra Club Books)
Gretchen Dunn CMA
MAOTR: Master of Arts in Occupational Therapy Registered
Gretchen Dunn is a retired Occupational Therapist who now teaches Laban/Bartenieff based
movement classes to older adults. Her career goal at age 3 was to be a garbage man which corresponds well with cleaning Earth.
Martha Eddy CMA, Ed. D., RSMT
Director of Center for Kinesthetic Education
Dr. Martha Eddy, CMA, RSMT is a movement maverick applying her expertise as a Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analyst, dance educator, somatic movement therapist, conflict resolution specialist, herbalist and exercise physiologist broadly (schools, hospitals, churches, and homes). Her interest in a peaceful and sustainable world began with her childhood in East Harlem. Important elements are building community and having a tiny garden next to a rock. Her landmark course, “Conflict Resolution through Movement and Dance” arose from her dissertation research. From it she was inspired to develop “EcoMoves for Kids” a curriculum that emphasizes caring in human relationships within school and extends outward to the local nature – a community garden, park or tree. Her own ‘herb dances’ evoke the energies of different plants. As a major proponent of Eco-Somatics she presided at the Youth Forum of the first SEEDS (Somatic Experiments in Earth/Dance/Science) festival at EarthDance. EarthDance and the Yard are two favorite partner organizations for exploring site-specific dance outdoors. She has also performed choreographed works in the Sculpture garden at the Museum of Modern Art, outdoors at the Cooper Hewett Museum, on the Amherst Commons, & outside at Outfall festival/Mt Madonna Retreat Center, and began improvising with our Global Water Dances group at the Schumacher College for Ecological Studies and Dartington Hall in England. She loves to lead or participate in movement choirs. She envisioned water as a major theme for movement choirs when she was introduced to author William Marks (featured in the movie FLOW – For the Love Of Water). Recommendation: visit www.freeflo.org
. Keep dancing!
Marylee Hardenbergh CMA, BC-DMT, LICSW
Artistic Director of Global Site Performance, Board-Certified Dance/Movement Therapist
Marylee Hardenbergh has been an award-winning choreographer of site-specific dances for over 25 years and has been directing Movement Choirs for over 15 years. Dances have been mounted as such sites as a wastewater treatment plant in Minnesota, the bombed-out Parliament Building in Sarajevo, Bosnia and the Volga River in Russia. She created One River Mississippi, a dance performance simultaneously occurring at seven sites along the Mississippi River from the headwaters through St. Louis, Memphis and New Orleans. She is Board-Certified Dance Therapist and Certified Movement Analyst; she feels grateful to have studied directly with Irmgard Bartenieff. She is the Artistic Director of Global Site Performance; you can see more of her work at www.GlobalSitePerformance.org
Antja Kennedy CMA
Teacher, Dancer and Choreographer, Director of the Laban/Bartenieff Certificate Program in Germany
Bachelor in Dance, Education and Movement Studies from Empire State College in NYC, Certified in Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analysis (CMA) in Seattle, Certified Practitioner in "Movement Pattern Analysis" with Warren Lamb Associates and Motus Humanus, Masters in Movement and Bodywork at Gaia University. Since 2000 she has been teaching Bartenieff Fundamentals and Dance Improvisation at impuls, Bremen – a state recognized Dance Education program. In 2003 she was guest professor in the sports department of the University of Hamburg. She has organized and taught the EUROLAB Laban/Bartenieff Movement Studies program in Germany since 1992. She is director of the EUROLAB Certificate Program since 1994. (www.laban-ausbildung.de
CMA = Certified Movement Analyst in Laban Movement Analysis