Benesh Advanced Short Courses (ASC)

The Benesh Advanced Short Courses are a series of online courses intended for the Continual Professional Development (CPD) of Benesh Choreologists and Benesh graduates. The courses range from 8 to 16 hours Time-Valued CPD.

The courses have been created to fill the gap currently existing for the continued training of Benesh professionals and are a diverse suite of courses which will continue to be developed and added to over time. If there are any areas you would like to see covered in a future course, please let us know by using the contact form a the bottom of this page.

The Advanced Short Courses are divided into four main topics:

  • General
  • Theory Updates
  • Theory Reviews
  • Rehearsal Skills

Each course contains study material and study tasks designed to enhance participants’ notation and analytical skills.

The Advanced Short Courses are delivered via our Virtual Learning Environment, Moodle. The Moodle page and all study materials will be available for the duration of the course (see upcoming dates below) and you can make your way through the resources at your own pace. To successfully complete each course, it is required that you provide proof of completed study tasks to ensure the theory has been correctly understood before the course finishes.

A minimum of 5 participants is required for the course to run. If this number is not met, you will be offered alternative dates.


All courses are based on the Benesh Encyclopedia, which is the source of reference for all Benesh Choreologists. It is, therefore important for every professional to become familiar with the Benesh Encyclopedia and ‘Navigating the Benesh Encylopedia (EBMN)’ will be a prerequisite for all courses except for Rehearsal Skills topics.

The minimum prior learning requirement for the Advanced Short Courses is PABMN Level 1 (or equivalent). The only exception are Rehearsal Skills topics, where a proven basic knowledge of Benesh Movement Notation is required, such as completion of BMN for Ballet unit 1 or a 1 day CPD course in Benesh Movement Notation (or equivalent).


Available in 2020-2021

General ASC1 Navigating the Benesh Encyclopedia (EBMN) Dates TBC
Rehearsal Skills ASC10 Creating and Delivering a Rehearsal Plan Dates TBC
Theory Updates ASC20 Mapping Hands, Feet, Fingers and Toes Dates TBC
Theory Review ASC30 Choosing a Perspective Dates TBC


A new suite of topics will be launched in the 2021/22 year, including: Approximate and Adlib Vertical Location, Using Zoning and Surfacing, Maintaining Clarity when Addressing Complexity, and Managing a Rehearsal – Personalities and Problems.


The Advanced Short Courses have been created by Amanda Eyles F.I. Chor, with contributions from an expert group of Benesh Choreologists from the Ben Tech Panel, the Benesh Working Group and Benesh International Programme Leaders.

They have been made possible thanks to the generous support of the Benesh Institute Endowment Fund.