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DNB Extension


Prey (2001) choreography Bebe Miller, notation Valarie Williams
Prey (2001) choreography Bebe Miller, notation Valarie Williams

The Dance Notation Bureau Extension for Education and Research promotes the practical application of Labanotation and Laban based theories, implements research, develops curriculum, and expands dance notation literature and archival materials. Documentation and preservation efforts, along with performances of works restaged from score, form the core of our work. The DNB Ext focuses on creative activity and research related to the theories of Rudolf von Laban in the training of dancers and dance researchers. The Extension has a unique and formal agreement with the Dance Notation Bureau in New York City, the only one of its kind in the country.

Faculty researchers actively engage in research and creative inquiry focused on Labanotation, Motif, LMA, and theories of Laban. Traditionally, faculty and programmers collaborate to create programs and applications for computers, iPad, and iPhones that align with research, creative activity, and course offerings based. Faculty and alumni present and serve on the Boards of the International Council of Kinetography Laban/Labanotation Paris, France, and Dance Notation Bureau, NY, NY.  We also host visiting scholars from around the world who wish to study and develop their expertise in Laban theories and applications.

The DNB Extension partners with the Dance Notation Bureau to deliver the Labanotation Teacher’s Certification Course (TCC) and Intermediate Courses which have been held at Ohio State University; Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas; Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China; and Four Seasons Gymnasium in Beijing, China. Candidates in the Teacher Certification and Intermediate courses come from across the United States, Europe, and Asia.

Faculty, staff, undergraduate and graduate students associated with the DNB Extension activate scores, images, film, video, and other archival material of the  DNB Collection held in Ohio State Libraries’ Rare Books and Manuscripts in Thompson Library. The DNB Collection catalogue holds the largest collection of dance notation scores in the world. Scores, books, manuscripts, and writings on many different systems of notation are available for research.

Contact DNB Extension

Phone: 614 292-6642
E-mail: dnbext@osu.edu