Karen Studd


  • Karen Studd
  • LBMS Program Coordinator

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Karen has a Master’s degree in Dance from University of Oregon and became a CMA, through the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies(LIMS) Seattle based Program which subsequently became the Integrated Movement Studies program. Studd is also a Registered Somatic Movement Therapist and Registered Somatic Movement Educator through ISMETA (International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association). For over twenty years Studd has served as a Program Coordinator and has taught in LBMS training programs in the US, Canada, Europe, Mexico and Israel. Karen has taught for the Dance Departments of the University of Oregon, the University of Wisconsin, George Washington University and George Mason, where she is a tenured faculty. As a teacher of Movement Analysis she is focused on personal and professional development through movement. Although she came to the Laban/Bartenieff work through the art of dance, Studd sees herself as movement educator/artist, and dance as a highly specialized area of application within the larger body of knowledge that is movement itself. Her interest is in the understanding of the importance of human movement across all disciplines. Studd is a co-author of EveryBody is a Body, a text on the phenomenon of human movement. She is currently involved in research projects linking a somatic understanding of human movement to the domain of digital technology and in unpacking the components of human movement as they are linked to the experience and expression of emotion that is, the motion(s) of human emotions.