Welcome to Laban Lab's Rhythms section.

Here, you will learn the basics of Rhythms and will have many opportunities to apply these concepts through the following sections. You may click on the highlighted sections below, or navigate from the toolbar at the left of the screen. Below is a description of each section


The Movement Experience is a guided improvisation that will help you to experience the elements of rhythms before you look at them in notation.

The basics will provide basic notation vocabulary on rhythms.

In Try it out, Dances, and Practice, you will begin to read Labanotation of dances that include rhythms. The Try it out examples are the shortest (a few measures), the Dances are longer (usually about 8-12 measures), and the Practice examples are the longest (12-16 measures). The longer examples are accompanied by music and short Quicktime movies of other students performing the dances, to enhance your learning experience. Practice your reading and have fun with these sections!

The Theory section helps clarify the underlying concepts of the subject matter.

The Notate it section allows you to use a Labanwriter, a free program for writing Labanotation, to try notating some of the animation you see. You will have the opportunity to compare your notation with that of other students and teachers.