Janet Hamburg

Janet Hamburg – Bio


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Janet Hamburg (1951-2010) was a Certified Laban Movement Analyst and a Registered Somatic Movement Therapist, who received the Laban/Bartenieff Institute’s first Laban Award for Creative Achievement by an artist or researcher in 2004. She was a professor of dance and an Associate of the Gerontology Center at the University of Kansas. She was also a Senior Research Associate for the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies, has taught in the New Mexico Laban Certification Program and was a guest faculty member in Berlin and New York certification programs.

Her research on Parkinson’s disease resulted in the award-winning exercise DVD/video, Motivating Moves for People with Parkinson’s, co-produced and distributed by the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation. Her work with athletes has been featured on NBC national television and the U.S. Information Agency’s international program Science World. Her research has been published in refereed journals such as Activities, Adaptation and Aging and the Journal of Music Therapy.

Laban/Bartenieff- based Exercise Program to Improve Physical Function and Quality of Life Measures for People with Parkinson’s


Edition: 2008 Vol. 7 Nos. 3-4

Keywords
research, functional movement, expressive movement, Bartenieff Fundamentals, activities of daily living, Beck Anxiety Inventory

Janet gave her permission to print the following presentation made by her at this symposium, which was part of the Global Celebration and the Anniversary of the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies, New York, 30th November 15, 2008.

The 10 week pilot study, Improvements in Daily Functioning and Walking Ability with the Motivating Moves for People with Parkinson’s Exercise Program: was presented at the 12th International Movement Disorder Society Congress Chicago. Co-researcher’s were Alicia Ann Clair and Kelly Lyons, University of Kansas. It comprised of a seated exercise program weekly in class and twice each week at home using a DVD or videotape, and showed statistically significant improvements in several measures. The movements in Motivating Moves for People with Parkinson’s (the DVD) are based on the principles developed by movement theorist Rudolf Laban (1879-1958) and his protégé Irmgard Bartenieff (1900-1981). (pp 19-20)

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Parkinson’s Disease, Janet Hamburg and … Dance


Edition: 2008 Vol. 7 Nos. 3-4

Keywords
Movement disorders, Laban Movement Analysis, movement techniques, Bartenieff, effort, basal ganglion

A focus on Janet Hamburg’s career path is presented, preceded with some information about Parkinson’s disease, her research and work with Parkinson’s disease and the use of dance. The short articles include a story by Ann Whitcher-Gentzk Titled: ‘Hamburg close-up’ Dancer helps those with Parkinson’s rediscover everyday movement” documenting her research and award winning DVD ‘Motivating Moves for People with Parkinson’s’, made by the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation. (pp 16-18)

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