Alexander Technique Principles
Among the various approaches to Alexander’s work, there are few, if any, detailed curricula for learning F.M. Alexander’s work, outlining the various steps involved in learning, and clarifying what each is for.
In this workshop, Ted Dimon breaks down Alexander’s work into six distinct stages:
1. Observing the Body in Action
3. The Primary Control and How it Works
4. The Means-Whereby Principle
5. Inhibition and Subconscious Action
6. Conscious Control
The six stages we will look at roughly follow the journey Alexander took (as described in his famous account in ‘Evolution of a Technique”) and combine analysis of these stages with insights and discoveries from Dimon’s personal experience learning and teaching this work over thirty five years. These stages are outlined in Dimon’s new digital project: www.AlexanderTechniquePrinciples.com. As we examine each of the stages, we will define key terms and concepts and how they evolve as we advance through the work, and we will participate in hands-on exercises to explore the principles of the Alexander Technique.
About Ted Dimon
Ted Dimon, Ed.D., is Founder and Director of The Dimon Institute, where he is researching, developing and training teachers in the field of Psychophysical Education; and he is an Adjunct Professor of Psychology and Education at Columbia University, Teachers College, where he has launched the first-ever doctoral program in education based on Alexander’s work. An internationally renowned teacher of the Alexander Technique, he completed his training at the Constructive Teaching Centre with Walter Carrington in 1983, co-founded the American Society for the Alexander Technique (AmSAT) in 1987, and has been training teachers since 1996. A graduate of Tufts University, he received both his masters and doctoral degrees in education from Harvard University.
He has written ten books, including Anatomy in Action; Anatomy of the Moving Body; The Body in Motion: Its Evolution and Design; Anatomy of the Voice; Your Body, Your Voice; The Elements of Skill; The Undivided Self; A New Model of Man’s Conscious Development; Neurodynamics: The Art of Mindfulness in Action; Breathing and The Voice: Understanding the Whispered “Ah”; and The Use of the Hands in Teaching. He is the co-editor of Frank Pierce Jones’ Collected Writings on the Alexander Technique.
See also: Ted Dimon – Presenter Detail Page
Fri 26 & Sat 27 (Session 2)
15-17h & 9-11h
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