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Presenters – Workshops

Workshops

Workshops are the cornerstone of every Congress, and your chance to showcase the work.

Your reputation and professional expertise are extremely valuable to the international Alexander Technique Community, and will help to make the Congress a reflection of the best that the global Alexander community has to offer.

This time, we are offering three different time lengths of workshops to allow you to match your energy levels.

  • Mini (30 min)
  • Medium (75 min)
  • XL workshops (150 min.)

Every day of the week, except for Wednesday, there will be at least two Mini or Medium and one XL running in parallel.

* Workshops (and all other Congress events, except Continuous Learning) are walk-in events. This means you don’t need to book your spot.
We only have to make sure that maximum room occupancies are being observed. For your favourite workshops, we therefore advise you to be there a few minutes early before the workshop starts.

Wish to present a workshop?

Watch our announcement video or click the 'Submit Workshop' button to send your proposal.

Workshop Presenters List

Presenter Profiles Count:

This is the list of all confirmed Presenters offering a Workshop at the Congress.
The list is sorted by first name
  • Alexandra Mazek
    Österreich, Austria

    Austria At 27, I lost my voice due to a so-called spasmodic dysphonia. The voice sounded broken, vanished and reappeared like a radio signal flickering. Talking to strangers, ordering coffee from a waitress, and even casually saying “Hello” became very difficult. Not to speak of the inability to confront groups of people. Eventually, I had to give up my job in International Development.

    When I encountered the Alexander-Technique I felt that here was a possibility for recovery but also an art to be learned; so I trained and have been learning and working full time as an AT teacher ever since. Several people affected by Dystonia have had lessons with me for years.

    Apart from the Alexander Technique, my “Heartfulness” meditation practice has been instrumental in re-establishing my health.
    I am also interested in Dr. Joaquim Farias work with Dystonia patients and apply some of his ideas in my work.

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  • Portrait Andreas Dirscherl

    Andreas Dirscherl
    Bavaria, Germany

    Germany Andreas has been teaching the Alexander Technique continuously in his own studio in Munich since 2005. In 2009, he became Assistant Teacher with a training course in Munich, where he taught until 2015. In this time, Andreas repeatedly substituted for the Head of Training – at one point, he has been running the training course for a period of seven months.

    For over 20 years, Andreas has also been a well-known radio presenter and newscaster with the Bayerischer Rundfunk (Bavarian public radio) where he regularly presents the news and can be heard in various radio features and radio plays.

    He offers regular introductory AT workshops, is a visiting teacher in several German-speaking AT schools and gives Alexander Technique Workshops throughout Europe.
    Combining his practical experiences in front of the microphone with AT principles, he developed a series of voice-oriented workshops. Other specialised workshop formats include “Practical Everyday Anatomy”, “The Power of Doing it Wrong”, and “AT in the Digital Age”.

    Andreas is very interested in connecting teachers and exchanging experiences and ideas. He was a founding member of the Munich Alexander Cooperation and has been participating in the AT work exchange in the Munich Area whenever possible.

    With a like-minded AT teacher, he co-created an easy-to-follow toolset for AT beginners called the “Alexander Basisplan” – for which he created a website and a free smartphone app that features audio narration, a diary and a reminder function (an English version “Alexander Technique Basic Steps is in the works).
    Andreas was part of the Congress team for the 2011 AT Congress in Lugano, where he was in charge of designing and maintaining the website. He is also very involved with the German AT society (ATVD) where he, among other things, co-conducted the first extensive member survey form in 2018/19.

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  • Ariel Weiss portrait

    Ariel Weiss
    PA, USA

    USA Ariel Weiss has nurtured a lively private practice in Philadelphia, PA in the USA since 1988 and studied extensively with Marj Barstow in the 1980’s. Active as a dancer and choreographer for most of her life, she delights in helping people learn to move freely in service of their design so they can feel and function at their full potential.
    Ariel trains teachers at the Philadelphia School for the Alexander Technique and also teaches at The Curtis Institute of Music and Temple University. Previously she co-produced the Freedom to Make Music conference, presented at the 11th International Congress for Alexander Technique and was a guest teacher at training programs in Toronto, Tokyo and Osaka.
    Pivoting in March 2020, Ariel presented a TEDx talk: Posture myth-busting, created two online courses and teaches five classes weekly online.

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  • Belinda Mello

    Belinda Mello
    New York, USA

    USA Belinda Mello, MFA, is an Alexander Technique and movement specialist in practice since 1989. Based in New York City, she is the founder of the AT Motion Center for Actors, has served on the faculty of Brooklyn College Theater Department, SITI Conservatory, and is currently with The Barrow Group and Terry Knickerbocker Studio. She is a co-designer of the Freedom to ACT Conferences and collaboratively built the core curriculum designed for care partners of people with Parkinson’s Disease for the Poise Project. Belinda Mello is a regular member of the volunteer organizing team of the AT Liberation Project and recently completed a certificate program in Embodied Social Justice. Published in BackStage Online, Theatre, Dance and Performance Training Journal, her blogs focus on wellness, mindfulness and performance.

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  • Bob Lada

    Bob Lada
    Massachusetts, USA

    USA Bob Lada is a Certified Teacher of the Alexander Technique having received his certificates from Tommy Thompson and from Alexander Technique International. Bob is a professor at Berklee College of Music and a member of the Effortless Mastery Institute there. He teaches at the Boston Conservatory, the Alexander Technique Center of Cambridge, Chesapeake Bay Alexander Studies as well as in private practice in Cambridge, MA. He has taught at American Repertory Theater and Harvard Extension School, conducted workshops throughout the USA, Asia, and Europe and is a charter member of Alexander Technique International. Bob has also completed Actors Secret training with Betsy Polatin which he continues to study. This training combines Alexander Technique with the trauma work of Peter Levine and the breath work of Carl Stough. Bob\\\’s primary background is in athletics and analytics and he looks at the Technique as a tremendous aid in getting out of one\\\’s way in performance situations so that creativity and skill can come through. His perspective on AT is one of transformation as the path to more fully participating in the present.

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  • Carsten Møller

    Carsten Møller
    Denmark

    Denmark Has been active teaching since he trained to become a teacher in Copenhagen 1986-89. In private practice, companies and Art Schools. In 2004 he started his own training course in Copenhagen. He has given workshops for AT teachers in Denmark, Germany and Finland.
    40 years of Ki Aikido practice has been a major inspiration in his approach to teaching the AT, notably in areas of movement and mind-body integration.
    The Phenomenological view is the undercurrent in his approach to the work: the experience of ‘how it is’ for the pupil, as a important resource in the learning process. With a focus on the experiential aspects, he aims to overcome the binary thinking of right or wrong, towards a more ‘what is possible’ perspective.
    The last 10 years he has expanded his professional activities with different systemic therapeutic approaches:
    ISP- Integral Somatic Psychotherapy, Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy and IFS- Internal Family Systems Therapy, which all are built on supporting the system/body’s own ability to heal.

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  • Catherine Kettrick portrait

    Catherine Kettrick
    WA, USA

    USA I studied and trained with Marj Barstow, from 1973 until the year she died, and her effect on my life and teaching has been profound. From Marj I learned that thinking is moving; that we always have a choice; and that while this work may have lasting and joyful “physical” benefits, they all stem from a clear and well-coordinated consideration of how I choose to live and be in the world. And, most importantly, it’s fun!

    My goal as a teacher is to see pupils embark on a journey of self-directed and independent learning. As they discover where they want to go, I help them navigate that process.

    For me, the most exciting part of this work is watching people realize how free they can be in their thinking and reaction to the world, and what profound effects that can have in all of their lives. I feel privileged to witness people discover the power, clarity and potential of well-coordinated thinking and moving.

    As David Mills has said: “Habit is being ready for the one thing you expect next. Coordination is being ready for anything.” I want to be ready for anything.

    And if you are interested:

    –I am co-director of The Performance School, with David Mills, where we have a rather unique teacher training program (https://performanceschool.org);

    — My revised study guide to the major writings of F. M. Alexander is on the Performance School website (keep scrolling!) along with a resource list;

    –I assisted Marj on two European tours and have also taught in Australia and Japan and (of course) in the US, and in time compatible time zones on Zoom;

    –I co-founded Alexander Technique International (www.alexandertechniqueinternational.org), have served on its Professional Development Committee since its inception (except for two years when I was Chair of ATI), and many other committees also!

    –I have extensive experience in Formal Consensus decision making, which ATI uses in its meeting, and am currently chair of the Agenda Planning Committee;

    –and I am an actor, a hoofer, and as Lady Allegra Germaine, a burlesque performer!

    www.artofselfdirection.com

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  • Célia Jurdant

    Célia Jurdant
    France

    France I graduated as an AT teacher in Cologne in 1999, with S.Hobbs and furthered my learning with many colleagues as well as Freeing the Natural Voice author, Kristin Linklater. In 2008, I became the managing director and assistant teacher for B.Fertman’s teacher training school AlexanderAllianceGermany. Since 2017, I live in France, offer workshops, teach and train groups in France, Germany and Switzerland.

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  • Christoph Bacher
    Deutschland, Germany

    Germany I was born in Austria in 1975 and grew up in the mountains. For 25 years I have been active as a personal trainer and fitness coach and have accompanied many people on their way to feel more comfortable in their body and mind. I prefer a playful and explorative approach to movement. This is exactly why I found the Alexander Technique, because for me it is very undogmatic and can serve as a foundation for any movement.

    I have always been interested in the way people move, and that is why I have borrowed a lot from children and indigenous peoples, because I think that they best embody the natural movements of human beings.

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  • Clara Sandler

    Clara Sandler
    Massachusetts, USA

    USA Clara Sandler is a classically trained singer, Voice & Alexander Technique instructor in the Boston area. An Alexander Technique International (ATI) and its International Committee member, she teaches at the New England Conservatory, Boston College Music Department and privately.
    Clara has performed in opera, oratorio, zarzuela and recitals in Boston, New York, Washington DC, Uruguay and in her native Buenos Aires. She loves to dance and takes Modern dance classes in Boston and has performed with the Lynn Modell Dancers.
    Clara has presented the workshop “Voice & Movement, a Flowing Integration” for ATI’s Conference in Ireland, for Freedom to Make Music in New York, at the New England Conservatory in Boston, and online for In the Company of Support summer AT retreat. She has also presented the workshop “Whispered Ah & Walking in Nature” for ATI’s 2020 Conference. Her article “Whispered AH to the Rescue!” appeared in ATI’s ExChange journal.

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  • Clare Maxwell and Eleni Vosniadou

    Clare Maxwell and Eleni Vosniadou
    USA, Brazil

    Brazil Clare Maxwell:

    I have been teaching the Alexander Technique for 22 years and studying for over 30, and was active as a dancer, teacher, and choreographer in the experimental dance community in NYC for most of that time. I trained at ACAT/NYC, certified with Jessica Wolf in The Art of Breathing, and am engaged in a life-long study of developmental movement forms. I am the creator of Mobile Body Alignment™, a method of bringing awareness to the self in movement that harmonizes the nervous system, skeleton, and musculature. Mobile Body Alignment™ liberates the practitioner from negative self-consciousness, stiffness, and loss of ease. Inspired by my many years dancing and teaching the Alexander Technique, Mobile Body Alignment™ can be applied to any movement form or activity.

    One of my main research interests in The Union is how to get new perspectives on my habitual assumptions, especially concerning the different roles of teaching and learning; a non-hierarchical, peer-to-peer work exchange structure is one way of doing this. I’m also very interested in the plasticity of our body schema, how to practice updating, refining, or changing this self image, and how that kind of practice affects our ability to organize and move ourselves in space.

    Eleni Vosniadou:

    I have been studying the Alexander Technique since 2006. Growing up in Greece, my first passion was classical music. I came across AT as a percussionist with chronic pain issues related to playing and after recovering through my study of AT I went on to train as an AT teacher in London. In 2012 I became certified as an AT teacher and later moved to Brazil, where I am now happily married. I am the founder and director of Consciência Corporal para Músicos®, an AT learning program for musicians and music teachers, where music makers can go deeper in the study of AT, learning to uncover the freedom and joy in their music making. I am also on the faculty of Total Vocal Freedom, an international program for singers to enhance their music performance skills through the Alexander Technique.

    As a member of the Experimenters Union, my primary interest is to explore and research the inner life of the teacher; how common challenges faced by teachers are social issues within the community of education and when it comes to teaching a subject as deep and multifaceted as the Alexander Technique, those challenges can invoke a deeper understanding of AT principles and skills, when addressed without fear and self-judgement. Also, the Experimenters Union is a place where I can freely experiment with crazy teaching ideas and formats and receive a kind of feedback that provides insight different to what I get when receiving feedback from my students.

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  • Corinne Cassini and Manuelle Borgel

    Corinne Cassini and Manuelle Borgel
    USA, France

    France — Corinne Cassini —
    Corinne Cassini, a professionally trained cellist, teaches the Alexander Technique at the Hayes School of Music at Appalachian State University and privately in Boone, North Carolina, USA since 2012, guiding performing artists and many others both individually, in groups, and in workshop settings. Her first Alexander lessons were over 25 years ago and she has been practicing as a certified teacher in Boone, and abroad for over 10 years. She initially trained in the Netherlands (ATON), and continued to deepen her studies with Tommy Thompson as a post-graduate assistant. She is a Sponsoring-Member of ATI. In 2015 she founded Light in Being-Alexander Teacher Training and started training Alexander teachers at her school, in Boone, NC. Most recently and throughout the pandemic, she translated Tommy Thompson\’s book \”Touching Presence\” with Manuelle Borgel, taught online, and followed courses with Bruce Fertman, Tommy Thompson, and Betsy Polatin. She\’s an active member of the AT Liberation Project since 2020 and is passionate about making AT more accessible and inclusive.
    www.lightinbeing.com

    — Manuelle Borgel —
    Manuelle Borgel, a Choreographer-Dancer, discovered AT in 1995 and was certified by ATI in 2015. She currently teaches the Alexander Technique in Paris to artists, seniors, children, … individually and in groups. She teaches somatics to explore performances and the creative process, fields she trained in linked to Life Art Process. She continues to develop her approach in Collective Intelligence, cooperation, conflict, trauma, breath and stress management using the tools of Non-Violent Communication and Co-construction.

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  • Crissman Taylor and Gilles Rullmann

    Crissman Taylor and Gilles Rullmann
    The Netherlands

    The Netherlands Ms. Crissman Taylor runs an integrated Alexander Technique curriculum at Utrecht Conservatorium for the past 30 years. Courses, lectures and lessons create common language, practices and experience among all students and teachers, and space for continued discovery throughout conservatory training. She has created new tactics to stimulate musicians to incorporate Alexander principles into their daily music practice, and has developed an online learning environment to support class and lesson work at conservatory level.

    Ms. Taylor’s background in vocal and violin performance, combined with her AT teaching, and studies in sociology/psychology at Harvard University combine in her work life. In addition to a long career as violinist in New York and Europe, she is also a mezzo-soprano, and active as soloist in a wide range of repertoire, singing in recitals, chamber music concerts, and performances of cantatas, oratorios and other works with orchestra.

    Ms. Taylor is a founding member of Artist in Balance, an interdisciplinary performance and educational collective. Her work has been informed by cross-disciplinary collaborations including Alexander-based performance research work for dancers and musicians with Tony Thatcher of the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. She conducted extensive research into the challenges of violin playing, founding the Violinist in Balance method, which combines Alexander re-education with custom made chin rest and shoulder rests, using 3-D printing technology.

    www.artistinbalance.org
    www.violinistinbalance.nl

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    Gilles Rullmann

    Gilles Rullmann is an Alexander teacher and violinist from Haarlem, the Netherlands. He has been a professional violin player for over 20 years, specialising in (Irish) traditional music, performing extensively in Western Europe. In his AT teaching he draws on years of experience teaching violin, Irish music, whitewater kayaking and Environmental Science at Utrecht University.

    Gilles works as an AT teacher at the conservatorium of Amsterdam and the conservatorium of Utrecht. Together with Criss Taylor he founded Artist in Balance, where they provide a combination of teaching and making custom chinrests and shoulder rests for string players from all over the world.

    Gilles was trained at ATCA by Tessa Marwick and Paul Versteeg in Amsterdam. An avid outdoor sports enthusiast himself, in his private practice he works a lot with runners, climbers, tennis players and musicians. Gilles was chairman of NeVLAT, the Dutch Society of Teachers in the Alexander Technique from 2017-2021.

    www.alexandertechniekhaarlem.nl
    www.artistinbalance.org

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  • David M Mills

    David M Mills
    Washington, USA

    USA I was a graduate student in Biophysics when I first met Marjorie Barstow in 1974. When I dropped Catherine off in Lincoln, Nebraska for Marj’s summer workshop in something called The Alexander Technique, I wasn’t planning to attend that workshop myself the following summer, much less all of 20 summers after that. I recall that I found in Marj’s approach to what she liked to call “the discoveries of FM Alexander” a new kind of biophysics – a study of the workings of the whole human person, as a whole – and by that person. What in the world, I thought, could be a more fascinating field of study than ME? And what knowledge would be more useful? So I never did get that degree in Biophysics, though I did eventually get my PhD in Human Learning, and of course Alexander’s work played a central part.

    Over the years of working with people engaged in all sorts of performance, I have enjoyed sharing their moments of fascination with their own “unity in action.” John Dewey claimed that this work “bears the same relation to education that education bears to all other human activities.” A strong statement. I continue to see my work with the Alexander Technique as a means of exploring what that statement might mean, and what it might be like to become educated in that way. In the meantime, I find that the secret compensation for practising the Technique is that we get to spend moments enjoying the presence of truly fascinating people – ourselves.

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  • Elke Mastwijk

    Elke Mastwijk
    The Netherlands

    The Netherlands Elke Mastwijk has been a passionate Alexander Technique teacher for over 25 years with a full-time practice in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

    Over the years one question became a quest for knowledge. “Why do some pupils make significantly better progress than others?”

    She has been inspired by two pioneering colleagues. Firstly, by Hil Boode, who was an Alexander Technique teacher and CranioSacral therapist. Secondly, by Gitte Fjordbo, who spoke at the 2011 Alexander Technique Lugano congress about early childhood development in a special lecture.

    After graduating as an Alexander Technique Teacher from ATON in the Netherlands in 1996 and a post graduate term with Walter and Dilys Carrington, she went on to study CranioSacral Therapy (2005) and Reflex Inhibition Therapy (2014). She is able to translate relevant knowledge from other disciplines to the Alexander Technique. She combines a special passion for understanding how fascia (connective tissue) restrictions affect use with an intense curiosity about early childhood development. How do we develop from lying on our back as babies to toddlers who can stand up and walk? How does an early childhood compromised by stress or health issues affect the adult nervous system and motoric skills?

    Over the last 25 years, Elke has managed to connect the dots as to why some of her pupils make spectacular progress with the Alexander Technique and others do not. After presenting her work at workshops at previous AT Congresses in Lugano and Ireland, she has been invited to share her insights in the Alexander Technique communities of Switzerland, Belgium, Germany, Austria, and the USA.

    She has a busy practice teaching’ the Alexander Technique as well as providing support through Reflex Inhibition for pupils seeking help with early childhood issues. She is a CranioSacral therapist for people as well as for horses and dogs.

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  • Erik Bendix
    North Carolina, USA

    USA I started skiing at age 10 while attending school at the Ecole d’Humanité in Switzerland. Skiing scared me stiff at the time. I managed to reach moderate skiing competence by my 20’s, but was stuck at a plateau of skill until I began studying the Alexander Technique. Then, suddenly, my skiing began opening up and has been opening since. Every day on the slopes now brings further improvement. I have been experimenting with applying Alexander Technique to skiing for over 25 years now. In 2004, I was encouraged to go public with this work by Steven Shaw (of The Art of Swimming), and began teaching and writing about it. Movement touches all aspects of my life. I am known as a teacher of world folk dance traditions, I practice Tai Chi, I swim and I have a private practice teaching Alexander Technique and Body-Mind Centering®. I also write and translate poetry, a movement form in words. Although I have now written a book on skiing, my experience of skiing goes far beyond words, often into bliss. I teach it because I want to share that.“

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  • Frances Marsden and Julia Caulder

    Frances Marsden and Julia Caulder
    CA & UT, USA

    USA Frances Marsden

    Frances trained as an Alexander teacher at the Constructive Teaching Center in London with Walter and Dilys Carrington and has been teaching for forty years. She completed two years postgraduate work at the Urbana Center for the Alexander Technique, directed by Joan and Alex Murray. Prior to her Alexander training, Frances studied acting at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Glasgow. She is a member of the faculty and Board of the Alexander Training Institute of Los Angeles. She has taught at University of Southern California and California State University at Los Angeles and currently teaches at Occidental College. She also teaches at the Shakespeare Summer Institute, the Claremont Clarinet Festival and Alexander Technique Workshops-International. She maintains a private practice in Pasadena, California. Frances gave the F M Alexander Memorial Address at the 2018 ACGM

    Julia Caulder
    Julia Caulder is an AmSAT certified teacher of the Alexander Technique, and a professional performer. She has been practicing professionally for over 20 years and has studied the technique for over 30.
    Currently, she teaches privately in Park City, Utah, at The Alexander Training Institute of Los Angeles and is on the faculty of the Egyptian Theater as well. She has studied with Joan and Alex Murray in Urbana, Illinois over many years.
    Julia has taught at Mount St. Mary’s College, The Laura Henry Acting Studio in Los Angeles, Santa Monica College Extension and Cal Arts. She has done workshops at Google, The University of Southern California School of Music, Pepperdine School of Music, Santa Monica College Music Department and the Long Beach Police Department.
    In addition to her Alexander Technique certification, Julia was a professional singer with the Los Angeles Opera and Opera Pacific in Orange County, CA.

    https://alexandertechniqueparkcity.com
    alexandertechniqueparkcity@gmail.com

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  • Gabriele Fahrenkamp-Brandt

    Gabriele Fahrenkamp Brandt
    Germany

    Germany Als Dipl.-Pädagogin und AT Lehrerin habe ich mein Leben der Arbeit der Persönlichkeitsentwicklung von Menschen gewidmet.
    Seit über 40 Jahren beschäftige ich mich, wie das in jedem Menschen innewohnende Bedürfnis zu lernen, wieder zum Wirken kommen kann. Mein Schwerpunkt in der AT-Arbeit liegt darin, die Menschen dabei zu unterstützen, ihr eigenes Wissen-Wollen über sich Selbst, zu entdecken und da einzusetzen, wo es gebraucht wird: entweder bei der Verwirklichung von Zielen im Außen oder bei der Lösung von Problemen und bei der Entwicklung neuer Sichtweisen im körperlich-seelischen Bereich.
    Mich begeistert, dass die psycho-physische Methode der AT den großen Einfluss dessen, was im Gehirn geschieht, nutzbar macht, um in Verbindung mit Körperwahrnehmung etwas in sich oder im Außen zu verändern.
    2020 konnte ich meinen großen Traum, in der AT auszubilden, verwirklichen und leite nun im äußersten ländlichen Süden Deutschlands, am Bodensee, eine Ausbildungsstätte.

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  • Portrait Gal Ben-Or

    Gal Ben-Or
    Mate-Ehuda, Israel

    Israel A teacher of the Alexander Technique, developed a unique method for working with children, youth and parents in accordance with the principles of the Alexander Technique

    Education: Graduated in 1988 from the Jerusalem School for the Alexander Technique, under the direction of Schmuel Nelken

    1998-2002: Established and directed the non-profit organization \”Mishal\”, founded in April 1998 by the parents of children who had been helped by the Alexander Technique.

    2001-2006: Member of the professional team at a residential institution for teenagers at risk

    Teacher of the Alexander Technique at various institutions: “Yedida”, for adults suffering from light or medium retardation; “HaTene”, a Jerusalem school for special education; Ilan Children’s Hospital; ‘HaSatat”, a teacher of the Alexander Technique at “Kessem” School Jerusalem municipal nursery school.
    Teacher of the Alexander Technique at “Kessem” School.

    2004-2006: Chairman of the Israeli Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique (ISTAT)

    2008: Chairman of the professional organization for complimentary medicine

    Presently:
    Director of the training course for teachers of the Alexander Technique in Jerusalem.
    Associate Director of the training course for teachers of the Alexander Technique in Tel-Aviv;
    maintains clinics for the Alexander Technique in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv for adults and children.

    Personal: Born 1963, married with 3 children

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  • Harry Hobbs

    Harry Hobbs
    Massachusetts, USA

    USA A Florida native, Harry currently lives and teaches in Boston, Massachusetts. He moved to the area to attend Boston University’s School of Theater where he was first introduced to the Alexander Technique. He had the great fortune of studying the Alexander Technique for 4 consecutive years as an undergraduate with Betsy Polatin as his teacher.

    After graduating and working as an actor, his interest in the Alexander Technique continued to grow and his desire to understand and embody the work compelled him to train to become a teacher. He became certified from The Alexander Technique Center at Cambridge headed by Tommy Thompson.

    He primarily works with individuals who want to address pain and movement issues, but thoroughly enjoys working with artists of all kinds to deepen their level of performance. He has done postgraduate work with David Gorman, Betsy Polatin and Tommy Thompson. His current interests lie in using the Alexander Technique to inform spiritual practice, deepen our sense of self, and become more of who we truly are.

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  • Heather Campbell

    Heather Campbell
    Ontario, Canada

    Canada Heather Campbell is a classically-trained pianist and accompanist who studied under Dr. Damjana Bratuz and Ronald Turini (who studied with Vladimir Horowitz), earning Bachelor and Master degrees in Piano Performance. She also has a Master of Arts (Philosophy) and a Bachelor of Arts (English Literature) from the University of Toronto and completed her three-year Alexander Technique training in Toronto.

    Heather has been teaching Alexander Technique since the 1990s and piano since the 1980s with a particular interest in the application of the Technique to music performance. Her students have won national Royal Conservatory of Music exam awards, national competitions, and university entrance music scholarships. In addition to her ongoing piano and Alexander Technique studio, adjudication, and international masterclasses, she is currently writing a comprehensive book on the application of Alexander Technique at the piano.

    Heather is President of Alexander Technique Canada, former chair of its Professional Conduct Committee, and its ATAS representative.

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  • Jana Tift portrait

    Jana Tift
    Florida, USA

    USA Perhaps my favorite moment, in teaching the Alexander Technique, is the look of wonder and delight on the face of a performer, when they realize that they don’t have to push or force or squeeze in order to be heard or seen. It is from this strong, centered place, that they can share their performance with an audience — and it is their openness that allows the audience to enter – there is give and take, a \”mutual love affair\” between performer and audience.
    That was what happened for me twenty-five years ago, when I discovered the Alexander Technique. AT opened the door to unlimited creative possibilities; I discovered I could perform with greater depth and authenticity, yet with less effort. I wanted to know more!
    I became certified in 1994, and since then, I’ve worked with hundreds of performers, speakers, and teachers throughout the U.S. and internationally, offering them a means whereby they can share their most authentic creative impulses with an audience. Many, many times, I have seen that look of wonder and delight as an actor or musician realizes that the music or text is moving through them, they are a coordinated whole, and all they have to do is “get out of the way.”
    I have taught movement for actors in BFA and MFA programs and led workshops for musicians, choirs and performers. Most recently, and very happily, I am the coauthor (with Meade Andrews) of Your Body Knows: A Movement Guide for Actors (Routledge, 2020).
    Here\’s the story of my \”moment of awe and wonder\” – my first encounter with performing \”under the influence\” of AT:
    My love affair with AT began on my 32nd birthday, and it changed my life forever. It was the moment that I experienced, for the first time since childhood, a sense of freedom, openness, and balance in my body.
    I had become aware of AT when a brochure came to my mailbox at the college where I was teaching acting. At the time, I was frustrated, because my students did not move well. They were stiff and habit-ridden in their physical life when playing a character, and I was powerless to help them.
    The brochure read, “You Have a Choice about the Way You Move.” I stared at the statement, and I almost cried. I thought, “No, I don’t.” And then, “Because I don’t know enough to have a choice. And neither do my students.” So, I signed up for the workshop in the Alexander Technique.
    My life-changing experience took place in a group performance class in which each person had brought a piece of music or a bit of text to share. The teacher, Barbara Conable, used her hands to guide me out of my restrictive patterns of tension. Patiently, she helped me to allow my body to move – into its natural, coordinated balance.
    From this place of lightness and ease, I began to share my text with the class. I was surprised (and yet, a part of me was not surprised) to experience a sudden rush of emotion. I was sharing a poem by W. B. Yeats, which begins, “When you are old and grey and full of sleep, and nodding by the fire…”
    Suddenly, as my body softened, my mind cleared. I was deeply aware of the poignancy of that moment in the speaker’s and the listener’s lives. My voice deepened and my eyes moistened.
    I discovered that when my body was at ease, there was nothing, nothing between me and the text. No interferences blocked my delivery. My whole self – body, mind, imagination – were effortlessly connected. I felt that in that moment there were no barriers between my authentic self, my unique relationship with the text, and the audience.
    It was WOW! Is this even me? And how was it happening?
    I felt I was exerting next-to-no effort, but I was more connected, more alive, and more effective as a performer than I had ever been in my life. My gestures arose without effort or thought. I was 31 years old, I had been performing in plays since I was 13, I had a master’s degree in theatre. Why didn’t I know this? Why had I never encountered what it really means to act?
    In that moment, I knew that I had to become a teacher of the Alexander Technique. My students at the college needed this wonderful information. And I needed it too.
    Every day, I am grateful for that brochure that came across my desk, because now I do have a choice about the way I move, and so do my students.

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    Jennifer Mizenko
    Mississippi, USA

    USA Jennifer Mizenko loves all things movement, and is a Professor Emerita of Dance and Movement for the Actor at the University of Mississippi, where she taught movement and dance for 30years. She has a B.A. in Psychology, and an M.A. in dance. She studied period dance with Wendy Hilton and Richard Powers, T\\\’ai Chi with Maggie Newman, the work of Growtoski with Grzegorz Bral in Poland and Anna-Helena McLean, of the Moon Fool Company, and Chekhov acting technique with MICHA. Jennifer is a teaching member of Alexander Technique International, and served as Chair of ATI. She is a Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analyst certified by LIMS, and yoga instructor from Yandara Yoga Institute. She regularly presents internationally at Laban and Alexander conferences and specializes in teaching Character Physicalization, integrating her knowledge of dance, LMA, Chekhov and the Alexander Technique. Jennifer is one of the co-authors of the The Laban Workbook for Actors, A Practical Guide with Video. Recently she has become a part of The Alexander Technique Liberation Project.

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  • Jeremy Chance
    Tokyo, Japan

    Japan Jeremy Chance, STAT cert.

    Jeremy Chance has been studying Alexander’s discoveries since 1969. His book Principles of the Alexander Technique has been published and translated into 7 languages. Jeremy originally trained in London during the 1970s and continued his studies with Marjorie Barstow in the 1980s. From 1985 to 2002 he was the Publisher & Editor of DIRECTION, a Journal on the Alexander Technique. He was a founding member of AUSTAT in Australia and is currently a member of no Alexander organisations or societies. In 1999 Jeremy married and moved to Japan where he founded an Alexander Training School. Today he continues as Managing Director of BodyChance – still the world\\\’s largest College of Alexander Technique Teacher Education, and now one of the oldest too.

    Jeremy began his three year Alexander training in England in 1976 with Paul and Betty at the School of Alexander Studies in Highgate. After qualifying, he taught at the E15 and Rose Bruford Performing Arts schools in London before returning to Australia in 1982.

    In Sydney, he taught regularly at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), The Actors Centre and The Actors College, while also regularly visiting the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA), The Conservatorium of Music and many other leading art institutions around Australia.

    During this time he founded two Alexander Technique teacher training schools in Sydney and Melbourne – Directed by other teachers. The Department of Immigration told Jeremy it had a 6-inch file full of applications for Alexander teachers to immigrate to Australia.

    Next, at a residential conference where Erika Whittaker debuted her return to teaching – Jeremy established the Australian Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique (AUSTAT). What a mistake that was. From 1988 to 1993 he travelled throughout Europe and America, leading seminars and giving presentations to performing artists, business leaders, peer groups and the general public.

    From 1986 to 2003, Jeremy was the Editor and Publisher of DIRECTION, an international Journal on the Alexander Technique (http://www.directionjournal.com) which is now being managed by Jean Fischer at Mouritz Press.

    In 1998 Jeremy met Jaldhara, the mother of their children Grace and Angelica, and decided to settle in Kyoto and start an Alexander Teacher Training school. He initially named it ATA in honour of Don Burton’s trendsetting school of the 1980s in London. ATA eventually evolved into BodyChance and before COVID-19 hit, had 120+ trainees in the school – making it by far the largest school in the world.

    BodyChance grew to this size as a result of Jeremy making a conscious decision to save his family by building his business. At 43 he embarked on a long-term project to become a master of business technology and over the next 20 years spent a lot of money and time studying his personally designed MBA. At first Jeremy taught his own trainees how to gather students. Alexander\\\’s Discovery flourishes in Tokyo today as a result of his trainees using business skills learnt while training at BodyChance.

    Out of this experience, Jeremy formed ATSuccess and began coaching Alexander teachers and trainees the world over. During this time Jeremy conceived and developed his 12-Point Plan for becoming a successful teacher. Today, the world’s largest online Alexander Training Organisation – Peter Jacobson’s Total Vocal Freedom – grew out of Peter’s association with ATSuccess. Many of today’s most commercially successful teachers have had some kind of contact with ATSuccess.

    In 2018 Jeremy embarked on an expensive and ambitious program to introduce Alexander’s Discovery to corporations in Japan. He was about to sign an annual contract with a large corporation when COVID happened and the project fell into ruin. BodyChance also diminished from a peak of 140+ trainees to 68 trainees today. However, BodyChance survived COVID.

    Jeremy still lives in Japan but spends as much time as he can in Australia to be with his daughters and family. He runs the world’s largest Alexander training school – BodyChance – and is about to embark on a major new project. If successful, this will constitute an unprecedented development for Alexander’s discovery, and a gamechanger for Alexscovery Teachers (AT) in Japan. Stay tuned…

    You can keep in touch with my ideas by reading my (almost never) Daily email. Read what teachers say about it and sign up by clicking on the website link below…

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  • Jonathan Sheratte

    Jonathan Sheratte
    Germany

    Germany coming soon.

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  • Karin Heisecke

    Karin Heisecke
    Berlin, Germany

    Germany Karin Heisecke combines her practice as a teacher of the Alexander Technique with her work as senior political and philanthropic advisor. After two decades of living and working in various European countries, she has been based in Berlin, Germany, since 2010.

    Karin has been involved in social justice activism, with a focus on women’s human rights, for more than two decades, and the Alexander Technique has been an integral part of her life / work / activism since she took her first lesson in the mid-1990s in London.

    She is particularly interested in the potential of applying the principles of the Alexander Technique in the context of political decision-making processes and for people involved in activism.

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  • Kathy Privatt

    Kathy Privatt
    Wisconsin, USA

    USA Kathy Privatt welcomes the opportunity to apply Alexander Technique to any activity, and deeply appreciates the connections revealed. She graduated from Chesapeake Bay Alexander Studies with Robin Gilmore and Marsha Paludan, and was certified by Alexander Technique International in 2010. An Associate Professor of Theatre Arts, she teaches Alexander Technique Classes at Lawrence University, conducts workshops for a variety of communities, and also offers private lessons.

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  • Korina Biggs

    Korina Biggs
    East Sussex, United Kingdom

    United Kingdom Korina is on the Faculty at RADA (Royal Academy of Dramatic Art), London, teaching the Alexander Technique to trainee actors, and movement and devising on the Short Course program. She also teaches at the Institute of Contemporary Theatre, Brighton and has a private practice.
    She graduated from the Nicholls’ Training School in 2001 and has been a member of STAT ever since. She has served on the STAT Research Group, The Performing Self team and is currently a member of the Alexander in Education Group and the ATLP (Alexander Technique Liberation Project)
    She has roots in physical theatre and has always engaged in various forms of movement improvisation. She has an MA in Dance and Somatic Well-being which gave her initial training in Authentic Movement, did further training with Jane Bacon and went on to found a regular peer group practice.

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  • Kristin Mozeiko portrait

    Kristin Mozeiko
    Connecticut, USA

    USA Kristin Mozeiko, founder of ArT of Releasing and Alexander Technique Brooklyn, is an AmSAT certified Alexander Technique teacher and a graduate of ATNYC where she completed a three-year training in New York City. Dr. Mozeiko served from 2005-2019 as a part of the full-time faculty at Queens College teaching music education courses and the Alexander Technique for musicians. Additionally, she became a certified Releasing coach and completed the training in 2019. Dr. Mozeiko holds degrees in music education (BA), French horn performance (MM) and completed her doctoral studies in music education (DMA). In her research and writing she has focused on diversity in education and has integrated the Alexander technique with music education/performance. Dr. Mozeiko serves on the Volunteer Organizing team for the AT Libration Project and is a member of the National Association for Music Education, the New York State School Music Association, AmSAT, the Women’s Band Directors Association, CBDNA, and IMTE (Instrumental Music Teacher Educator).

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  • Maaike Aarts potrait

    Maaike Aarts
    The Netherlands

    The Netherlands My name is Maaike Aarts and my passions in life are music, Alexander Technique, self-development, and learning/discovering new things. I graduated at the Alexander Technique Centre Amsterdam in December 2002 (Paul Versteeg and Tessa Marwick). I am always eager to learn more and had private lessons with Missy Vineyard and John Nicholls. I followed extra training on pregnancy and childbirth with Ilana Machover and have obviously attended all international congresses on the Alexander Technique!

    I teach the Alexander Technique full time in my private practice, teach the students of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Academy and teach at the Conservatory of Amsterdam.
    I also give audition training, give workshops for orchestra members, teach during summer courses and I organise my own Alexander Technique retreats. Aside from this I play violin as a freelancer and in chamber music groups.

    In 2021 I released the Alexander Technique App called Think Up Alexander Technique. This app helps our AT students to practise inhibition and direction during 100 daily life activities. The app is available in the App Store for iPhone and in the Google Play store for Android phones.

    For iOS: https://apps.apple.com/nl/app/think-up/id1522422093

    For Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=nl.thinkup.android&hl=en_US&gl=US

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  • Maike Lenz-Scheele portrait

    Maike Lenz-Scheele
    Hessen, Germany

    Germany Maike startet her Training 1998 in New York at ACAT and finished it 2001 in Freiburg, Germany. She’s a member of ATVD.
    As a former dancer she produced a dvd with the title “Alexander-Technik & Tanz” in 2006, which was presented at the first congress in Lugano.
    She worked with many different people, with all kinds of backgrounds, in private lessons in Frankfurt, Marburg, Gießen and Darmstadt.
    From the beginning on Maike taught group lessons specificly for dancers and for a wider audience with specific topics like stressmanagement, presentation, work-life-balance, performance-enhancement, flow and focus. She also loves to teach in companies “painfree at the workplace”, “working with ease in the office” and “a cool head in digital times”
    Maike teaches online, live and hybrid.
    She’s also a focusing trainer (DAF) a coach and consultant of hypnosystemic concepts (meihei) and an aroma-practitioner.

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  • Malte Holstad
    Germany

    Germany First I came into contact with the Alexander Technique in 2002 at the beginning of my art school studies. I had an accident at that time and was looking for a gentle way to recover and support the healing process. I still remember my first AT classes pretty vividly. Since then, AT has never left me. In all the places I have lived, I have looked for teachers and opportunities to further deepen the technique.
    It was clear to me that I would eventually do the three-year training course, but other things seemed to kept getting in the way. In 2020 I finally made the move and started teacher training with Dan Armon, which I finish this year.
    This change of sides, being in both, the pupil and teacher role, was a defining moment for me, where a lot of what I had previously accumulated came together.
    My work is informed by a comprehensive knowledge of AT and its various styles. Many years of Zen practice, regular retreats and exchanges, and my background as a visual artist further shape my spirit, understanding and style.

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  • Michael Clausnizer portrait

    Michael Clausnizer
    Baden-Württemberg, Germany

    Germany Michael Clausnizer Curriculum vitae:
    1986 Graduation with diploma as music teacher and an artistic degree in piano at the Music Academy of Trossingen.
    1999-2001 training as a teacher of the F.M. Alexander technique in Heidelberg.
    Followed by a private training as a singer ( tenor ) with instructors of the Music Academy of Stuttgart.
    Workshops for students of the Music Academy of Stuttgart playing string, wind, percussion, and keyboard instruments, and singing.
    Since 1983 piano teacher at the Filderstadt Music School.
    He performs concerts at home and abroad as piano soloist and chamber musician and since 2007 also as vocal soloist
    Head of the counseling center for musicians’ health at the Filderstadt Music School.

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  • Morgan Rysdon

    Morgan Rysdon
    Georgia, USA

    USA Morgan Rysdon is a nationally certified Alexander Technique teacher and founder of Center Studio. She has a private practice in Atlanta, NYC, and online where she helps individuals elevate their performances on stage, at work, and in life.

    Her teaching is focused on improving the overall function of an individual\\\’s mind, body, breath, and voice—as well as helping those struggling with chronic pain, injury, stress, and/or anxiety.

    Morgan has a BA in Theatre with a focus on Acting and Performance. In 2011, she gained her teaching certification from The American Center for the Alexander Technique in NYC.

    Since then, she’s gone on to teach her work both nationally and internationally—teaching private lessons, group classes, and workshops that improve others\\\’ self-awareness, self-confidence, and poise. In 2019 she started her YouTube channel to better help share this work with more people.

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  • Portrait Nadia Kevan

    Nadia Alexandra Kevan
    NRW, Germany

    Germany I was born and grew up in England where I trained to be a dancer and actor. After performing with several national theatre companies in Germany and then free lancing as a dancer/performer, I trained to be an Alexander Teacher in Denmark with Karen Wentworth and Dr. Chris Stevens. I developed the approach to teaching AT through the Support System with Chris who was then my husband. I have been training Alexander Teachers in Germany and Netherlands for 30 years incorporating the Dynamic Breathing and Voice work by my late husband Ron Murdock. Our way of AT teaching is called the Psycho-Physical Support System. 1993 -2021 I was professor of Body Awareness at the Folkwang University of Arts in Essen, Germany, where I also chaired a forum for Body Awareness and co-founded a movement called “The Psychology of Creating Art”. I am founder and director of a practice and training called “Dance of Life” and I also research, perform and run a healing practice through Reiki energy, Spiritual Awareness and Heart Centred Contemplation.

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  • Patrick Johnson

    Patrick Johnson
    The Netherlands

    The Netherlands I trained at ATCA in Amsterdam with Paul Versteeg and Tessa Marwick, graduating in 2010. Since then I’ve teaching Alexander Technique and running a Pilates studio at our space in Amsterdam with my wife. (www.smartbody.nl) I have also had a career as a physicist, working in labs in both the US and the Netherlands between 1995 and 2013. Currently I give online workshops in Alexander technique science with Tim Cacciatore, and run the website www.AlexanderTechniqueScience.com with Tim, Rajal Cohen, and Andrew McCann. I’ve been dancing and teaching contact improvisation dance since 1995 and am also interested in other sports and movement practices – running, Pilates, and squash to name a few. I live in Amsterdam NL, with my wife Jelena and two crazy kids Owen (15) and Milan (12).

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  • Portrait Penelope Easten

    Penelope Easten
    Clare, Ireland

    Ireland Penelope was born in Wales, and studied Zoology at Cambridge University, England. She left a PhD there to train at the North London Alexander School, qualifying in 1989. She then worked with Miss Goldie for four years, who, it felt, stripped away everything she had learnt, and rebuilt it as she saw the technique should be –a scary process!

    Since then, she has worked extensively with other teachers who had known her, including Erika Whittaker, to understand the essence of the difference of her understanding. During two separate years, Penelope was unable to walk with chronic fatigue syndrome. These years of illness became times of quiet retreat, deepening her work.

    With the illness now gone completely, she has regained resilience, strength, and fitness, particularly through using the Initial Alexander technique, which she studied with Jeando Masoero, along with The Embodied Present Process with Philip Shepherd. The Miss Goldie workshops started as a 90-min workshop at the International Congress in 2004 (Oxford), and was then followed with workshops in the UK, Ireland, Germany, and New York, including the Limerick International Congress in 2015.

    Her book: The Alexander Technique: the Twelve Fundamentals of Integrated Movement, based around Miss Goldie’s work, was published in March 2021.

    Since COVID-19, she has run trainings for AT teachers on teaching online, based on the material from her book. She now lives and works in the beautiful West of Ireland, teaching locally and online. Her work facilitates the pupil to discover the technique for themselves, to find natural breathing, poise, quiet awareness, integration, true fitness and strength. 
    In her free time, she enjoys making discoveries about the technique through singing and reciting, piano playing, yoga and fitness work, gardening, running, dancing, and walking her dog. 

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    Ralf Hiemisch
    Germany

    Germany Photographing portraits is my passion. It is my talent and it makes me deeply happy. And that those I have photographed are happy makes me happy. Photography for me is craftsmanship in the classical sense as well as art. Besides Alexander Technique, I am very interested in Qi Gong and meditation. I run the “Jetzt & Hier” in Berlin-Mitte, a healing place for mindfulness & bodywork. When I’m not taking pictures, I’m exploring Berlin’s parks with my dog Lee Kami Honigbär or rolling across the expanses of Tempelhofer Feld in Berlin on my longboard.

    – Since 1998 working as photographer & designer for the music industry, Alexander Technique teachers, therapists, coaches … etc.
    – Since 2005 Alexander Technique Teacher 
    – From 2009-2018 assistant in the Alexander Technique School Berlin
    – Official photographer of the 10th and 11th Alexander Technique Congresses
    – Since 2019 Co-Direktor of Jetzt & Hier, a place for healing work in Berlin
    – More information about me …  www.ralfhiemisch.de & www.hiptohip.me

    Steps on my way …

    … very long time ago, I was walking to the S-Bahn and a question popped into my head: Why does my head hang down and I look at the ground and why not forward to the horizon? That was the beginning of a journey to myself. I met people on this journey who inspired me and helped me see the world from a different perspective, from the perspective of my body and how I feel.

    Many things that I thought were this way and will always be this way have been put into perspective for me. I observed my thinking and my actions and kept asking myself the question: How do I do something and why do I do something? The camera was my faithful companion, microscope, telescope and mirror in many of my investigations and experiments, experiments that helped me to get in touch with myself and with other people and in general with the world. These experiments that have helped me to center myself, to expand and to find my heart.

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    For those who after reading this think Ralf can’t write nice lyrics … this is an automatic translation made by this website. Powered by Google.

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  • Raquel Cavalcanti
    Minas Gerais, Brazil

    Brazil Raquel Cavalcanti is a Brazilian dancer, improviser, dance instructor, and AT teacher. In 1999, she graduated from the Matthews school (IRDEAT) in New York (USA). After living and working in NYC for over 15 years, she returned to Brazil to teach dance and the AT at the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) in a tenure-track position.
    She is currently working on her PhD at State University of Campinas (UNICAMP) in Sao Paulo, Brazil, where she is investigating the possible relationships between AT principles, dance, and teaching in an inventive, non-traditional, and non-hierarchical way. In that sense, the works of Paulo Freire, Virginia Kastrup, bell hooks, and Jacques Rancière have been invaluable.
    Raquel, the mother of two beautiful young women, loves baking long-fermented bread and taking care of her plants. It is her hope that Lula will be their next president this year.

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  • Richard Casebow

    Richard Casebow
    United Kingdom

    United Kingdom I have been teaching Alexander’s technique for 28 years to a diverse group of people with different needs and interests in developing constructive conscious control for themselves. I also work as a constructivist psychotherapist after training in Personal Construct Psychology.
    The interface between Alexander\\\’s work and psychotherapy within the inter-personal field is a primary interest. I set up the STAT Special Interest Group on the Alexander Technique and the inter-personal, who meet regularly throughout each year.
    This year I will give the F.M. Alexander Memorial Lecture for STAT, which will focus on the development of embodied mind and the importance of inhibition as its primary skill.
    Helping people learn through constructive conscious control to develop an embodied mind and articulate their possibilities from within this is what makes this work interesting for me.
    When I am not working, I like to be out walking on the hills or beaches of Scotland or in a gallery or opera house somewhere in Europe.

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  • Portrait Robyn Avalon

    Robyn Avalon
    New Mexico, USA

    USA Robyn has been studying Alexander’s Work since 1975, being first introduced to it as a young professional performing artist. She is the Founding Director of the Contemporary Alexander School, offering self-paced, non-residential teacher training programs in Santa Fe, NM, Portland, OR, & NYC, and in satellite cities throughout North America; as well as Co-Director of the Alexander Alliance International, offering workshops, teacher training, and post-graduate studies throughout Europe and Asia. Robyn is also the Creator of Living in a BodyTM, a Professional Body Mapping Certification Course translated into 6 languages and taught worldwide.
    Robyn’s primary studies were with Marjorie Barstow, Bruce Fertman, and the Alexander Alliance, and she now continues Marj’s lineage in her own training programs. In addition, Robyn has also had the pleasure of being mentored by numerous first and second generation teachers over the past 45 years, and enjoys exploring ways to bridge all styles.
    At this point in her teaching career, Robyn’s main interests include training Alexander Teachers in Group Teaching/Crafting of Alexander Games; teaching in real life Situations and Activities; incorporating Body Mapping (LIABTM), Bridging Classical and Contemporary styles of the Work; and helping bring more awareness to Equity and Diversity issues within our profession.
    Robyn lives in New Mexico & New York City, USA, shares her life with her wife of 30+ years, 2 adult sons, and 4 cats, and loves to tap dance.
    www.contemporaryalexander.com

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  • Portrait Rossella Buono

    Rossella Buono
    Kent, United Kingdom

    United Kingdom Rossella, born in Italy in 1975, lives and works between her adoptive home in the UK, Italy, and Australia, where she trained with David Moore in Melbourne.

    As well as running a successful practice as an Alexander Technique teacher in Canterbury, UK, and online, Rossella also teaches the technique at the School for FM Alexander Studies in Australia.

    Rossella is the author of For the Love of Games with Anne Mallen, with beautiful illustrations by Melbourne artist Isobel Knowles. This collection of games and activities, part original and part collected over the years, offers a resource for AT teachers to begin working with groups, or add depth and variety to an existing group-based practice.

    Rossella is also the co-creator and co-curator of Authors – not your Usual Book Club with Jana Boronova, and assistant to David Moore’s Smart Yoga and AT training courses in Melbourne. A keen proponent of collaboration, she has worked with Luke Hockley to offer the workshop Learning How to Learn, Jeremy Chance’s AT Success course and many more.

    Her interest in training courses has taken her to New York, Germany, Ireland and all over the UK, to share work and present on the topics of marketing, activities, anatomy, working with groups and social media.

    Rossella has a gift for organising, a dynamic personality and a down to earth approach to things, allowing her to join the dots leading to new content and collaborative projects. She sees the Alexander Technique as an effective and sustainable model of personal and social development. Bringing an inclusive and practical spirit to all her activities, Rossella aims to realise the Technique’s value as a resource to as many people as possible.

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  • David Anderson and SandraDager

    Sandra Dager and David Anderson
    CA, USA

    USA Sandra Dager
    Sandra Dager is an Alexander Technique teacher (AmSAT), certified leadership coach/consultant in kinesthetic energy patterns (Focus Leadership), Lutheran pastor and musician. She uses her unique background and training to facilitate transformation in individuals and organizations from a variety of backgrounds: music, technology, the military, religious organizations, and educational institutions.

    Inspired by the saying, “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts,” Sandra places a high value on cross-disciplinary collaboration with experts from diverse backgrounds. In 2021 she and professional drummer Dave Elitch co-led four workshops on the Alexander Technique (“Move Well. Play Well.”) for drummers on the British zoom platform “Drum Hangs.” 416 drummers from 28 countries attended the workshops; most had never heard of the Alexander Technique. Currently, Sandra is collaborating with one of her students on a leadership/communication workshop for women of color, where she will utilize the Alexander Technique and kinesthetic energy patterns to enhance the quality and effectiveness of participants\’ movement, presence, and communication.

    A trained classical singer, Sandra has been a soloist in oratorios and given classical song recitals in England and the United States. While her musical tastes are broad, she has a special place in her heart for the classical songs of Nordic composers.

    EDUCATION

    D.Min. GRADUATE THEOLOGICAL UNION, Berkeley, CA.
    Thesis: The Embodied Liturgist: Contributions of the Alexander Technique and the Primal Patterns Theory to the Development of a Holistic, Embodied Pedagogy for Liturgical Presiding.
    M.Div. YALE DIVINITY SCHOOL, New Haven, CT. Theology/Pastoral Ministry
    B.A. ST. OLAF COLLEGE, Northfield, MN. Sociology.

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    David Anderson
    David Anderson is the Director of the Marian Wright Edelman Institute for the Study of Children, Youth, and Families at San Francisco State University (SFSU). Formerly a Professor and Chair of the Department of Kinesiology at SFSU.

    David has been engaged in a wide range of service, teaching, and research activities. His research centers on understanding how motor skills are acquired, how to promote the development of motor skills, and how motor activity influences psychological functioning. He has authored and co-authored numerous peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, presentations, an activity manual, and a popular textbook, and has received significant funding for his research from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the Department of Education.

    David is an Active Fellow in the National Academy of Kinesiology and serves on several advisory and editorial boards. He is a passionate advocate for the importance of physical activity in optimal motor and psychological development and is committed to promoting efforts to improve early child care, education and health.

    —Education—
    B.Ed. University of Technology, Sydney: Physical Education
    M.S. California State University, Long Beach: Physical Education
    Ph.D. Louisiana State University: Kinesiology

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  • Sarah Bonner-Morgan

    Sarah Bonner-Morgan
    Edinburgh City, United Kingdom

    United Kingdom I came to the Technique over 40 years ago as a young, rather anxious flute player while studying music at Southampton University. Jaw problems – literal lock-jaw at times – stopped me playing, and singing, and I moved into classical music administration eventually working as a freelance tour manager for baroque orchestras. During that time I had Alexander lessons with Carmen Burton (now Tarnowski) and I trained as a teacher in my mid-thirties with Robin Simmons, Jean Clark and Elisabeth Waterhouse.

    A happy meeting on a train station led me to Edinburgh in 1999 to take over a colleague’s flute and Alexander teaching practice while she travelled and I’ve lived here ever since. Here in Edinburgh I’ve been able to quieten my over-stretched nervous system and give myself time to explore my love of improvised voice and dance (5 Rhythms), the internal Chinese martial arts and the beautiful poetry and practices from the Sufi tradition. I play frame-drums and during (and since) lockdown I’ve been learning the Persian Daf with an Iranian teacher in Toronto – the blessings of Zoom!

    I have a private teaching practice and I’m currently enjoying the delights and perfect challenges of working with trainee teachers at the Edinburgh Alexander Training School in Portobello by the sea-side…

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  • Sheila Bandyopadhyay and Kristin Mozeiko

    Sheila Bandyopadhyay and Kristin Mozeiko
    NY/CT, USA

    USA Sheila Bandyopadhyay

    Sheila is currently Head of the Professional Training Program and Core Movement Faculty at Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre. For the past 18 years Sheila developed a career as a director, deviser, movement specialist, Alexander Technique and yoga teacher in Brooklyn, New York. As a theatre maker, Sheila is committed to non-traditional performance that is physical, music-driven, inclusive and literary. In New York, Sheila has directed shows at the Brick, the United Solo Festival (Theater Row), the Tank, the Women in Theater Festival (the Gural), the West End Theater, and the 72nd St Theater Lab. Regional credits include the Boston Center for the Arts, and the Minneapolis and Montreal Fringe Festivals. For eight years Sheila served as Head of the Movement Department at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Manhattan where she regularly directed and coached productions in the 2nd year of training and for the Academy Company. Sheila is intrigued by and actively investigating the overlap between physical training, creativity, mindful movement and Eastern meditation practices. Additional teaching and coaching with: California State University Summer Arts, Shakespeare & Company, Brandeis University, the Balance Arts Center (NYC), FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training, NYU Gallatin, the Linklater Center, the Upright Citizen’s Brigade, and Emerson College. Sheila is a proud member of the Humanist Project and a sponsored artist with Leviathan Lab, both companies based in New York City. Sheila is an alumna of Brandeis University (class of 1999), and NYU Gallatin (MA, 2010). www.sheilabnyc.com IG: @sheilabnyc

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    Kristin Mozeiko

    Kristin, founder of ArT of Releasing and Alexander Technique Brooklyn, is an AmSAT certified Alexander Technique teacher and a graduate of ATNYC where she completed a three-year training in New York City. Dr. Mozeiko served from 2005-2019 as a part of the full-time faculty at Queens College teaching music education courses and the Alexander Technique for musicians. Additionally, she became a certified Releasing coach and completed the training in 2019. Dr. Mozeiko holds degrees in music education (BA), French horn performance (MM) and completed her doctoral studies in music education (DMA). In her research and writing she has focused on diversity in education and has integrated the Alexander technique with music education/performance. Dr. Mozeiko serves on the Volunteer Organizing team for the AT Libration Project and is a member of the National Association for Music Education, the New York State School Music Association, AmSAT, the Women’s Band Directors Association, CBDNA, and IMTE (Instrumental Music Teacher Educator).

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  • Susanne Spahn

    Susanne Spahn
    Germany

    Germany Susanne got introduced to the Alexander Technique during the time she studied singing at the Konservatorium Wien Privatuniversität. Afterwards she trained to become a teacher of the Alexander Technique at the ATAZ Munich with Mary Holland and Alexander Hermann. In 2017 Susanne opened her Alexander practice in Munich. As an activist she held empowerment and awareness workshops and she was involved into various feminist projects. Since 2020 Susanne is a board member of the EineWeltHaus e.V., a place for intercultural and political education in Munich.
    It is her special concern to communicate about racism and its effects on the whole psycho-physical being.
    Susanne loves to support individuals discovering new perspectives that enhance freedom and diversity.

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  • Portrait of Tommy Thompson

    Tommy Thompson
    Massachusetts, USA

    USA For the past 47 years Tommy has taught and applied the Alexander principles and concepts and has guided thousands towards a life well lived more to their satisfaction. This list includes Alexander teachers and trainees, professional and Olympic athletes, dressage riders, scientists, physicians, corporate and university professionals, musicians, dancers, actors, children, trauma victims, the sexually abused, and those with life threatening disease and the disabled to a more fulfilling and meaningfully satisfying life. He currently has an active in-person and online teaching practice and taught on 30 teacher training courses in the USA, Europe, the UK, Netherlands ,and Asia. He has given well over 1000 workshops internationally for Alexander teachers, teacher trainees and the general public in 16 countries including Ireland, France, Israel. Germany, Austria, Italy, Holland, Hungary, Spain, England, the USA, Japan, Korea, Switzerland, Canada, and served as special assistant to the 1976 Olympic USA Heavyweight Rowing Crew. Tommy served on the faculty at Harvard University for 12 years where he taught the Technique to graduate students enrolled in the Institute for Advanced Theater Training, Harvard University/Moscow Art Theater and the American Repertory Theater. He is founder and Director of the Alexander Technique Center at Cambridge, where he has been training Alexander teachers since 1983. The Center was awarded The Best of Cambridge in Alternative and Holistic Health, by the City of Cambridge, Massachusetts.

    A former Assistant Professor of Drama and Managing Director of Tufts Arena Theater at Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts, Tommy has acted and directed over 200 theater productions, working, acting or directing with such notable artists as Tennessee Williams in a revival of Eccentricities of a Nightingale (1977), and Michael Douglas, actor/producer and two time Academy Award Oscar winner.

    Tommy is co-founder, charter member, and was inaugural Chair of Alexander Technique International (ATI). His contributions to ATI earned him the ATI Lifetime Membership Award. He is also an Honorary Member of ATI France (ATIF), the Irish Society of Alexander Technique Teachers (ISATT), a teaching member of the Japan Alexander Technique Association (JATA), and is Associate Director of Body Chance’s Japanese Alexander Teacher Education Program in Tokyo and Osaka.

    Along with Richard A. Brown and Helen Rumsey Jones, wife of Frank Pierce Jones, Tommy co-founded the Alexander Technique Association of New England (ATA) in 1982 and the Frank Pierce Jones Archives and the F. Matthias Alexander Archives, initially housed in the Wessell Library at Tufts University. He was ATA’s director for six years. He is author of Touching Presence (with Rachel Prabhakar) and co-author of Scientific and Humanistic Contributions of Frank Pierce Jones. He has contributed numerous papers on the Alexander Technique, Tai Chi, and theater to Alexander and theater journals, periodicals, martial arts journals and newsletters. Tommy is currently writing another book, ‘An Awakened Life: Evolution of an Alexander Teacher and a revised edition of Touching Presence, translated recently in Japanese and French, with Korean and Spanish translations in-progress.

    No newcomer to the Alexander Congresses, Tommy presented papers on his teacher, Dr Frank Pierce Jones at both the first and second International Congresses at Stoney Brook, NY and in Brighton, England and was one of the Second Generation teachers invited to give master classes at the Third International Congress in Engelberg, Switzerland, and has consistently given Continuous Learning classes at the Congresses since their inception. In 2016, along with Debi Adams and Bob Lada, he co-founded ‘In the Company of Support’ an annual Summer Retreat for advanced study in the Alexander work for teachers, trainees and the invited public. Each summer teachers and guest presenters from the Alexander community and in the Arts , Humanities and Science worldwide are invited to teach and participate.

    At the onset of the Pandemic, Tommy launched ‘The Gift Of Our Understanding’ a series of online Zoom classes based on his then recently published book ‘Touching Presence,’ granting to those participants who completed the course a ‘Career and Life Enhancement Advanced Study Certificate’ from the Alexander Technique Center at Cambridge. The course continues and now extends beyond the scope of his book into an in depth exploration of how to apply the Alexander principles and concepts to the ever evolving and delightfully surprising evolution of your life. Tommy continues to teach privately in Cambridge, Massachusetts, both in person and online. And, post pandemic he continues to travel and teach in numerous countries.

    Email: tommy@easeofbeing.com Website: www.easeofbeing.com Summer Retreat: www.easeofbeingretreat.com




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