About Us

For over seventy years members of the Laban Guild have been inspired by Laban’s work in the fields of dance theatre, mastery of movement for actors, community dance, movement and dance therapy, personal growth and development, dance in education, dance notation and action profiling. The Guild promotes publications, courses, conferences and other events to provide high quality experiences relevant to members in the dance and movement world of today. On a number of occasions members have taken part in large group works (movement choirs) in venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, to display the sheer vitality of Laban’s ideas.

Our membership consists of both amateur and professional people and includes dancers, teachers, academics, therapists, artists and psychologists.  All are welcome – from whatever background. We are an open-minded outward looking organisation providing members with recreational enjoyment, skills, artistic experiences and knowledge and understanding of movement and dance.

Past presidents of the Laban Guild include Rudolf Laban, Lisa Ullmann, Sylvia Bodmer, Warren Lamb, Maggie Semple and Dr Geraldine Stephenson. Our current president is Anna Carlisle.

The Guild is :

  • a member of the Movement and Dance Division of the Sport and Recreation Alliance (previously the CCPR)
  • the governing body for Laban-based Movement and Dance recognised by Sport England
  • an observer on the panel of the Council for Dance Education and Training
  • recognised by the Arts Council of England