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KineScribe is an iPad app that displays and edits scores in Laban movement notation. In it, users can read and create scores in structured Labanotation, Motif, and Language of Dance. KineScribe reimagines LabanWriter for the touch screen, allowing users to write dances in Laban movement notation and quickly edit scores and symbols.

Development of this app was supported by Reed College and the National Endowment for the Humanities, with the cooperation of The Ohio State University. (Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.) Continuing development of this app is supported by The Ohio State University. KineScribe is available for free download on the Apple App Store. Contact: Dr. Hannah Kosstrin, Associate Professor of Dance at The Ohio State University (formerly Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance at Reed College). kosstrin dot 1 at osu dot edu.

Professor Hannah Kosstrin, PhD, is working with students in the Analysis course of Professor Valarie Williams, PhD, to learn Kosstrin’s revised application program for the iPad called Kinescribe. Kosstrin received a Dance Preservation Fund grant to update the app during summer 2019. She worked with programmer David Ralley (LabanWriter, KineScribe) and Department of Dance Media Manager Chris Summers. All sophomore students taking Williams’ Dance Analysis course this fall are using KineScribe in their coursework and as part of their experiences in Ohio State’s Digital Flagship cohort. Students are creating performance studies and scoring them in Kinescribe in Effort and Motif formats. KineScribe is available in the Apple App Store as a free download. For more information about KineScribe, please visit www.kinescribe.org.


Hannah Kosstrin teaching BFA Dance Major Kiki Abiega utilizing the app. 

BFA Dance Major Isabel Brandt utilizing the app.