Thursday, January 28, 2010

Obama Back in Swing as 'Teacher-In-Chief,' Say Movement Experts

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The President Obama who delivered the State of the Union Address was one not seen for a while, say movement experts Professor Karen Bradley of the University of Maryland and Professor Karen Studd of George Mason University.

The experts describe him as a teacher instructing a class, and then morphing into the guise of a principal forbidding students to engage in shenanigans.

Based on his physical movement and non-verbal communication, "He was back in the swing," Bradley and Studd add.

"Whereas in Obama's other recent appearances we've seen tenacity and constraint, during the State of the Union Address we saw resilience and strength. Where recently we've seen grimaces, during this address he smiled, openly and directly, at those who oppose him. He was upbeat, impactive, at times gravely serious and at other times lightly potent," say the two experts.

Professor Karen Bradley

Professor Karen Studd
See their complete analysis below.

Karen Bradley, associate professor of dance, is the director of graduate studies in dance at the University of Maryland and the director of research for the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies in New York.

Karen Studd, associate professor of dance at George Mason University, is director of the Modular Training Program in Laban Movement Studies.

Both are Certified Movement Analysts.


Karen Bradley, University of Maryland. 202-669-3927(cell)

Karen Studd, George Mason University, 703-786-5271.

Neil Tickner, UM Communications. 301-405-4622

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