Online Learning


A Video Introduction to BMN

The following links provide access to videos, posted on YouTube, of Anuschka Roes teaching some basic concepts of Benesh Movement Notation. In these videos Anuschka is teaching in a classical ballet context using Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) terminology.

  1. Lesson 1 covers the basic signs of in front, level, and behind and how these signs are placed on the stave to show the positions of the hands and feet. This video is approximately 15 minutes long:

  2. Lesson 2 covers how to notate feet flat, demi-pointe, and full pointe on the floor line; and closing in "3rd", "5th", and "1st" positions of feet. This video is approximately 11 minutes long:

  3. Lesson 3 covers how to use the basic signs to show bent elbows and knees; and basic contact signs. This video is approximately 14 minutes long:

  4. Lesson 4 covers how to use movement lines. This video is approximately 15 minutes long:

  5. Lesson 5 covers how to use basic pulse beats and legato lines to show timing. This video is approximately 10 minutes long:

  6. Lesson 6 covers the use of sub-beats for more specific timing in simple and compound time. This video is approximately 20 minutes long:

The original video, these clips were copied from, was created in 1995.

We gratefully acknowledge the production assistance provided by the University of Waterloo Instructional Technologies & Multimedia Services Offices (formerly Audio Visual). Special thanks to Scott Charles.

Page updated by: Robyn Hughes Ryman, 30 December 2012