Karen Studd, 2014 Distinguished Alumna in Dance

Karen Studd, 2014 Distinguished Alumna in DanceKaren Studd received her Master of Science in Dance from University of Oregon in 1983, and received certification in Movement Analysis from the Laban/Bartenieff Institute’s Seattle program in 1987.

Studd is a Registered Somatic Movement Therapist (RSMT) and Registered Somatic Movement Educator (RSME). For twenty-five years she has taught in the movement analysis training programs of the Laban/Bartenieff Institute for Movement Studies (LIMS) across the United States and abroad.

Internationally, Studd has taught dance and movement analysis in Canada, Poland, Scotland, Belgium, and Croatia.  Currently, Studd is a tenured dance faculty member at George Mason University and affiliated with the Center for the Advancement of Well-Being through New Century College. She has also taught in the dance departments of the University of Oregon, the University of Wisconsin, and George Washington University.

A movement analyst and dance educator, Studd is focused on adult education and personal development through movement. Although she came to the Laban/Bartenieff work through the art of dance, Studd sees herself as movement professional, 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 significance of human movement across all disciplines.

Studd has been active in the observation of movement of political pundits. She has been interviewed by The Washington Post newspaper and appeared on television’s Hardball with Chris Matthews.

Studd is an internationally recognized master teacher of the Laban/Bartenieff Movement System. Her recently co-authored book, Everybody is a Body (2013), is being hailed as a vital text for all interested in discovering the potential of human movement.