janet hamburg



Janet Hamburg M.A., C.M.A., R.S.M.T.

is Director of Senior Wellness and Exercise for the Center for Movement Education and Research. She is a certified Laban Movement Analyst (CMA), a Senior Research Associate for the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies, and an associate of the Gerontology Center and a professor of dance in the Department of Music and Dance at the University of Kansas in Lawrence. She received her master's degree in dance from Mills College and her certification in Laban Movement Analysis (LMA) from the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies in New York City. She is a Registered Somatic Movement Therapist (RSMT) through the International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association. Janet received the Laban/Bartenieff Institute's first Laban Award for Creative Achievement by an artist or researcher in 2004.

Her research has focused on coordination problems in children and adults, movement efficiency for athletes, movement problems of older adults, and movement therapy for people with Parkinson’s disease. Her research on Parkinson's disease resulted in an award-winning exercise DVD/video, Motivating Moves for People with Parkinson's, originally co-produced with the Parkinson's Disease Foundation in New York City and recommended by the major national and regional Parkinson's foundations. The DVD has sold more than 10,000 copies worldwide and is now available through the Parkinson Foundation of the Heartland. The European Parkinson's Disease Association reported "Seated exercise program benefits people with Parkinson's, American pilot study reveals". Janet is the founder and manager of Motivating Moves, LLC. For more information about Motivating Moves® visit motivatingmoves.com.

Janet has presented Laban/Bartenieff-based research at national and international conferences and her work has been published in refereed journals. Her entry on Bartenieff Fundamentals appears in The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Body-Mind Disciplines. She was the consultant for Moving and Motivating with Laban Movement Analysis in the popular press book Mind-Body Fitness for Dummies, and her Bartenieff Fundamentals-based pre-warm-ups for aerobic and resistance workouts were featured in Shape magazine. NBC national television and the U.S. Information Agency's international program Science World featured her work with athletes.

She has taught in the Bill Evans Summer Institutes of Dance and
has been a guest teacher at the Juilliard School of Music, the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies, and the Sports Training Institute, all in New York City. Janet was a core faculty member of the New Mexico Laban Certification Program and a guest faculty member for the Laban Certification Program in Berlin, Germany. She also has taught LMA classes in Australia, Brazil, Canada, England, Germany, Mexico, the Netherlands, and Switzerland, as well as throughout the United States.



photo: Michael Ian