Workshops + Events


Bartenieff Fundamentals – The Basic Six

with Idrienne Steiman, MA, CMA

January 2020


Irmgard Bartenieff was a physical therapist who was influenced by her work with Rudolph Laban. Her exploration of the body in relationship to space was and still is a unique characteristic of the work. This class will introduce and clarify the principles of Bartenieff Fundamentals. We will explore in depth the “Basic Six” exercises in terms of body connectivity, breath, initiation and joint function.

Idrienne Steiman, MA, CMA is a Certified Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analyst and Master Pilates Instructor. Her early dance training was at the Joffrey Ballet School and The Juilliard School. She received her B.S. in dance from Skidmore College and an M.A. in dance from UCLA. She applied the Laban material in her Stage Movement for the Actor course at USC’s Drama Division. In 1989, Idrienne was hired as Assistant Professor for the Butler University Dance Department, where she taught numerous classes for dance majors, including Laban, Bartenieff Fundamentals, Pilates and improvisation.  Subsequently, she opened the first Pilates studio in Indy and served as the teacher training Certifying Studio for the Physicalmind Institute. She has had the opportunity to teach Pilates in Italy and Laban in Israel.  She enjoys introducing the Laban concepts at the IU High School summer program. Idrienne is a board member of Indianapolis Movement Arts Collective.