About Benesh International

The home of Benesh Movement Notation

Devised by Rudolf and Joan Benesh, and first published in 1956, Benesh Movement Notation (BMN) is a written system for recording human movement. It is most widely used in the recording and restaging of dance works.

Over 1,750 BMN scores have been written and are used in research, teaching dances from the repertoire and for analysing movement. The set exercises and dances in the RAD syllabi are published in BMN as this enables teachers to study the work in a common language and in more detail than is possible from word notes or videos alone.


Our mission is to develop and preserve the system of Benesh Movement Notation. We are the historic membership body for choreologists, providing education, setting standards, supporting and inspiring our global community of members.