Brought to you by Alexander Technique Teachers of Greater Philadelphia (ATTGP)

Online ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE Summit

Free Classes for the Public

October 5-10, 2020

 

Do any of the following sound familiar?

        • “I’m tense all the time.”
        • “I want to feel calmer.”
        • “I’m worried about my posture.”
        • “I get so stiff.”
        • “Working at the computer exhausts me.”

Discover what fuels your stiffness, feeds your anxiety, creates that hurry mode, and wears you out.

The versatility of the Alexander Technique (AT) addresses all this and more. 

With the Alexander Technique you can reclaim your natural coordination, and learn how to coach yourself to be more present, connected and comfortable in your own skin.

During our week-long online AT Summit our teachers will share their expertise in both introductory classes, and in workshops and events on a variety of topics and applications, such as: Creating a Happier and Easier Pilates and Yoga Workout; The Science of AT for the Layman; Listening to the Wisdom Within Your Body; Guided Constructive Rest; Finding Ease at the Computer; Seated Mobilizing for Riders, Athletes and Dancers; and more. (Full details below.)

All for FREE.

Attend one session, attend them all. It’s totally up to you!

Curious to learn more?  

Then register NOW to make sure you receive your schedule and class links for the ATTGP Online Summit (October 5-10).

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The Week-Long Summit includes:

Daily Guided Constructive Rest Sessions
Each day one of our ATTGP teachers will lead a guided Constructive Rest session. Constructive Rest is a way of lying down in a semi-supine position (typically on the back with the knees elevated) that promotes good spinal alignment and release of excess tension. It is also known as “Active Rest,” “Semi-Supine” or simply an “Alexander Lie Down.” These sessions provide a simple yet powerful way to find balance, ease, and alertness in these challenging times, offering participants a time of rest, thoughtful awareness, and insights into your body’s amazing design.

Three Unique Events each Day
Our unique line up of live online classes, workshops and presentations are being lead by our Alexander Technique teachers at ATTGP on a variety of topics, from back pain and posture, to speaking, mindfulness and working out, and much more. It’s a chance to learn from different teachers with different styles and areas of expertise. Whatever your interest, whether you are brand new to AT, are coming back to it after a while, or have studied for years, there’s something for everyone!

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SUMMIT SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Meet our presenters and see our full schedule of events below.
Note: All times are US Eastern Time. Use this Time Zone Converter to find your time.


Monday, October 5, 2020

 

Lunch-time REFRESH!

with Ariel Weiss
12:00 – 12:30 PM

Easy guided movements bring mindfulness to your day by reducing unnecessary tension and restoring buoyant balance. Ariel’s REFRESH classes are designed to support her REFRESH program, helping  people work from home more comfortably and effectively. Classes are suitable for students of all ages and levels of experience.  Please wear comfortable clothes you can move in and have enough clear space to move around a bit. 

Ariel Weiss is an ATI certified teacher who has been teaching since 1988. She teaches 6 classes a week online and has also developed 2 new online courses to help musicians and people working from home. In addition to her private practice, Ariel trains teachers at The Philadelphia School for the Alexander Technique and coaches musicians at The Curtis Institute. Ariel has been guest faculty for training programs in Canada and Japan and taught actors at U Arts, seniors through Friends Life Care, and physicians at Children’s Hospital. Trained as a dancer and choreographer, she brings over 50 years of movement and dance training to her teaching practice. More info at www.atphila.com.

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Touching Basics: Building a Self-Care Practice to Help Navigate Unpredictable Times

with Anne Johnson
1:00 – 2:00 PM

During this hour, participants will be guided through explorations that will enliven the relationship between thoughts, body sensation, breathing and the space around. We will practice being present in the moment, allowing our inherent sense of wholeness and support to show up. Open to all levels of experience.

Anne Johnson, Alexander Technique Teachers, Philadelphia, PAAnne Johnson has been teaching the Alexander Technique for 25 years. She teaches individuals and groups in her Philadelphia studio as well as at the Boyer College of Music at Temple University and the Mt Airy Learning Tree, a community education organization in Philadelphia. Anne finds pleasure in sharing the benefits of this rich body of work with people of all ages, skill levels and diverse backgrounds. She views our current situation as an opportunity to share the benefits of this work to many more people via the internet. More info at www.alexandertechphiladelphia.com.

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Guided Constructive Rest

with Meade Andrews
2:30 – 3:00 PM

Meade Andrews is an internationally recognized senior teacher of the Alexander Technique. Former director of the Dance Program at American University in Washington, DC, she currently maintains a private practice in the Alexander Technique, and also teaches acting, movement, and AT at Rider University in Lawrenceville, NJ. More info at meadeandrews.net.

 

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Using your own hands to enhance learning and using the Alexander Technique

with Brooke Lieb
6:00 – 7:30 PM

In person Alexander lessons typically include guidance from the teacher using hands and verbal cues. Remote learning can be enhanced by using your own hands. In this class you will explore ways to use your own hands to demonstrate and enhance learning and applying Alexander principles on your own. This class is open to teachers, trainees, new and experienced students.

Brooke Lieb (ACAT, ’89) has been training teachers and working in private practice for over 30 years. She served as Director of Training at The American Center for the Alexander Technique from 2008 until they closed their doors in 2018. In private practice, she works with Alexander teachers, teachers-in-training, and new and experienced students with diverse needs and interests. More info at: www.brookelieb.com.

 


Tuesday, October 6, 2020

 

Who is Zora? Self-Acknowledgement and the Alexander Technique

A conversation with Mary McCann
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Mary invites us to meet Zora Natanblut, RPT, PhD, Certified Teacher of the Alexander Technique, and author of the new book, Who is Zora? Sight Unseen. Zora will share her personal journey as a Physical Therapist, Alexander Technique teacher, and person who was born legally blind. Learn how Zora overcame challenges to ‘Dis’ the ‘Dis’ in Disability. Zora will also lead an Alexander Technique exercise for mind/body ease. Join us for this enlightening discussion on how you can feel more empowered in your life.

Mary McCann, Alexander Technique Teacher, Philadelphia, PAMary McCann, Certified Teacher of the Alexander Technique, has presented the Alexander Technique at Harvard University, Bryn Mawr College, DeSales University, The Wilma Theater, and many other institutions. Mary has been teaching Alexander Technique workshops and private lessons for over 30 years. She has a background in the performing arts. More info at www.explorealexander.com.

Zora Natanblut, PhD is a retired Physical Therapist. She is also a graduate of the Philadelphia Alexander Technique School. When Zora included Alexander work in her PT practice, her patients showed quicker improvement with posture, balance, endurance, decreased fatigue, and improved range of movement.  

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Guided Constructive Rest

with Jano Cohen
12:30 – 1:00 PM

Jano Cohen teaches in the greater Philadelphia area. She was certified by The Alexander Foundation (now The Philadelphia School of the A.T.) in 1990 and is a teaching member of Alexander Technique International (ATI). She holds an M.F.A. in dance from Temple University and a B.A. in dance from Bennington College. In addition to choreographing and performing dance, she played music for 10 years. She has worked extensively with performers, athletes, and people with various health issues including arthritis, injuries and accidents, multiple sclerosis, thoracic outlet syndrome, and histories of trauma. More info at ww.alexandertechnique-teacher.com.

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Introduction to the AT with Application to Back Pain management and Sitting at a Desk with Ease

with Diane L. Sussman
3:00 – 4:00 PM

This introduction to the principles of the AT will assist the student with many daily applications to activities such as bending down, sitting for long periods of time, and moving with reduced pain.  Prepare to be upright and experimenting with standing, walking, and sitting using these new ideas for healthy use of the body.  For beginning AT students.

Diane Young Sussman, Alexander Technique Teacher, Philadelphia, PADiane Sussman has been teaching AT since 1987 and uses her love of free and aligned movement to all of her classes.  She has a background in dance, Yoga and Pilates, and especially appreciates what AT can deliver for reducing back and neck pain in daily life. More info at www.bodymindbalance.net.

 

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The Science Behind the Alexander Technique:  A Layman’s Perspective

with Andrea Bruno
5:00 – 6:00 PM

Science is catching up with the Alexander Technique. It is not necessary to understand the science behind the work for a teacher to be effective.  However, in order to gain better recognition and acceptance recent studies have been conducted with the intention of updating unscientific language often used in teaching and with the goal of explaining what is happening in a lesson and why it works. I will present some of these recent studies and discussions.  The material will be presented by a layman, intended for the layman.  The format will be lecture intermixed with interactive activity, questions and answers. 

Andrea Bruno first learned about the Alexander Technique in 1975. Returning to the practice more formally in 2007, she began her studies to teach with The Philadelphia School for the Alexander Technique. In 2015, she founded a program for the technique within the Veterans Administration and is now part of an expanding program in alternative practices for veterans with chronic pain.  She also indulges in the practices of Yoga, Tai Chi, Meditation and The Gestalt Process. The study of the Alexander Technique has allowed her to successfully maintain participation in her favorite hobbies, and she remains active in several sports performing better now than she did at a younger age. She also enjoys a level of musicianship as a flutist she never dreamed of and has experienced a burst of creative energy with an ability to move forward with less self judgement. More info at www.empoweringdirections.com.


Wednesday, October 7, 2020

 

Morning REFRESH!

 

with Ariel Weiss
8:00 – 8:30 AM

Start off your morning with ease with simple, guided movements to reduce tension and restore buoyant balance. Ariel’s REFRESH classes are designed to support her REFRESH program, helping  people work from home more comfortably and effectively. Classes are suitable for students of all ages and levels of experience.  Please wear clothes you are comfortable to move in and have enough clear space to lie down. You’ll also need a yoga mat or carpeted floor with a few books handy to place under your head.

Ariel Weiss is an ATI certified teacher who has been teaching since 1988. She teaches 6 classes a week online and has also developed 2 new online courses to help musicians and people working from home. In addition to her private practice, Ariel trains teachers at The Philadelphia School for the Alexander Technique and coaches musicians at The Curtis Institute. Ariel has been guest faculty for training programs in Canada and Japan and taught actors at U Arts, seniors through Friends Life Care, and physicians at Children’s Hospital. Trained as a dancer and choreographer, she brings over 50 years of movement and dance training to her teaching practice. More info at www.atphila.com.

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Finding Ease at the Computer

with Imogen Ragone
10:30 – 11:30 AM

Are you spending more time than ever before in front or a computer screen? Are you having to adapt to new ways of connecting, working and being in the online world? All that screen time can take a toll, and Zoom Fatigue is now a thing! You get stiff, sore, tense and even in pain, making it hard to focus, get quality work done, and connect authentically. It is a huge source of stress – mental and physical. BUT it doesn’t have to be this way. You can learn to transform how you use your whole self – mind and body – as you work. In this interactive class you’ll learn how to access the EASE and innate natural uprightness you already have within you as you work at your computer.

Imogen Ragone has been a nationally certified teacher of the Alexander Technique since 2006. She has developed her own unique approach called BodyIntelligence, which integrates mindset, posture and self-care, to give her clients practical strategies to relieve and prevent stress and tension. Imogen finds that a major source of physical and mental stress for her clients is the time they spend at their desks at their computer and other devices. She loves helping them transform this stress so they can be present, comfortable and at ease, alert and able to do their best work, and still feel good at the end of the day! More info at imogenragone.com.

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Guided Constructive Rest

with Andrea Bruno
6:00 – 6:30 PM

Andrea Bruno first learned about the Alexander Technique in 1975. Returning to the practice more formally in 2007, she began her studies to teach with The Philadelphia School for the Alexander Technique. In 2015, she founded a program for the technique within the Veterans Administration and is now part of an expanding program in alternative practices for veterans with chronic pain.  She also indulges in the practices of Yoga, Tai Chi, Meditation and The Gestalt Process. The study of the Alexander Technique has allowed her to successfully maintain participation in her favorite hobbies, and she remains active in several sports performing better now than she did at a younger age. She also enjoys a level of musicianship as a flutist she never dreamed of and has experienced a burst of creative energy with an ability to move forward with less self judgement. More info at www.empoweringdirections.com.

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Listening to the Wisdom Within Your Body

with Melody Schaper
7:00 – 8:00 PM

Through times of stress most of us respond reactively in ways that diminish our thinking life and our physical body.  Our awareness and options become limited often creating even more stress.  F. M. Alexander’s discoveries are an entry into the wisdom and creativity that lies within each of us to create beauty out of chaos and agency out of stress.  The session will guide you to listen to the voice of your own wisdom to create healthy responses to the stress around you.

Melody Schaper, Alexander Technique Teacher in Phoenixville, PAMelody Schaper is a Somatic Movement Therapist in private practice in Kimberton, Pennsylvania where she works with her husband, Executive Coach and Enneagram Teacher, Neil Sicherman at The Center for Intelligent Leadership.  Together they provide workshops, courses and individual coaching sessions for everyone from executives to athletes, helping individuals and groups regain a sense of their authentic selves and provide the necessary tools to live and work with greater purpose, freedom and joy.  As a Gestalt Practitioner, a Laban Movement Analyst and a teacher of the Alexander Technique, Melody uses all these modalities to meet the needs of her clients helping them to fully embody their true and lively nature. More info at www.leadershipasapractice.com.


Thursday, October 8. 2020

 

Less Stress, More Ease!

with Imogen Ragone
10:00 – 10:45 AM

Now, more than perhaps ever before, it’s important to take care of our health and well-being. Having ways to reduce our stress is hugely important. In this interactive class, learn how to shift your awareness in a way that reduces stress and tension, and calms your nervous system.  Imogen will teach and guide you through a mindful stress-relief practice that takes only a couple of minutes to do. In just two minutes you can feel more present, connected and at ease in yourself, AND have a tool you can return to any time.

Imogen Ragone has been a nationally certified teacher of the Alexander Technique since 2006. She has developed her own unique approach called BodyIntelligence, which integrates mindset, posture and self-care, to give her clients practical strategies to relieve and prevent stress and tension. Recently her work has become more trauma-informed, and her approach has been particularly beneficial to clients suffering from emotional stress and even trauma. Imogen’s work is mindful and draws greatly from the Primal Alexander work of Mio Morales.  More info at imogenragone.com.

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Explore the Alexander Technique

with Amy Ward Brimmer
12:00 – 1:00 PM

This midday group class explores F.M. Alexander’s way of moving with more ease, alignment, balance, and freedom. We begin to recognize our unconscious habits, bringing more presence to our actions, and make simple changes that heal and restore our body-minds. Participants may bring their personal movement challenges and body issues to the group, and together we examine how the AT approach can help. This class is a good introduction to Alexander work for beginners, a fun and lively practice session for more experienced students.

Amy Ward Brimmer teaches groups and individuals in Yardley, PA. Although the AT can be applied to any activity and most people can benefit from it, Amy has expertise and a special interest in the challenges faced by performers, parents, and those in the caring professions, such as massage therapists, medical workers, and spiritual leaders. She is also a qualified teacher of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and enjoys leading Qigong classes throughout the Philadelphia area and online. More info at www.wayopenswellness.com.

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Guided Constructive Rest

with Melody Schaper
3:00 – 3:30 PM

Melody Schaper, Alexander Technique Teacher in Phoenixville, PAMelody Schaper is a Somatic Movement Therapist in private practice in Kimberton, Pennsylvania where she works with her husband, Executive Coach and Enneagram Teacher, Neil Sicherman at The Center for Intelligent Leadership.  Together they provide workshops, courses and individual coaching sessions for everyone from executives to athletes, helping individuals and groups regain a sense of their authentic selves and provide the necessary tools to live and work with greater purpose, freedom and joy.  As a Gestalt Practitioner, a Laban Movement Analyst and a teacher of the Alexander Technique, Melody uses all these modalities to meet the needs of her clients helping them to fully embody their true and lively nature. More info at www.leadershipasapractice.com.

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Who is Zora? Self-Acknowledgement and the Alexander Technique

A conversation with Mary McCann
7:00 – 8:00 PM

Mary invites us to meet Zora Natanblut, RPT, PhD, Certified Teacher of the Alexander Technique, and author of the new book, Who is Zora? Sight Unseen. Zora will share her personal journey as a Physical Therapist, Alexander Technique teacher, and person who was born legally blind. Learn how Zora overcame challenges to ‘Dis’ the ‘Dis’ in Disability.

Zora will also lead an Alexander Technique exercise for mind/body ease. Join us for this enlightening discussion on how you can feel more empowered in your life.

Mary McCann, Alexander Technique Teacher, Philadelphia, PAMary McCann, Certified Teacher of the Alexander Technique, has presented the Alexander Technique at Harvard University, Bryn Mawr College, DeSales University, The Wilma Theater, and many other institutions. Mary has been teaching Alexander Technique workshops and private lessons for over 30 years. She has a background in the performing arts. More info at www.explorealexander.com.

Zora Natanblut, PhD is a retired Physical Therapist. She is also a graduate of the Philadelphia Alexander Technique School. When Zora included Alexander work in her PT practice, her patients showed quicker improvement with posture, balance, endurance, decreased fatigue, and improved range of movement.  


Friday, October 9, 2020

 

Guided Constructive Rest

with Mary McCann
10:00 – 10:30 AM

Mary McCann, Alexander Technique Teacher, Philadelphia, PAMary McCann, Certified Teacher of the Alexander Technique, has presented the Alexander Technique at Harvard University, Bryn Mawr College, DeSales University, The Wilma Theater, and many other institutions. Mary has been teaching Alexander Technique workshops and private lessons for over 30 years. She has a background in the performing arts. More info at www.explorealexander.com.

 

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Using AT Principles in Your Yoga and Pilates Classes

with Diane L Sussman
12:00 – 1:00 PM

Ready for a happier, easier workout in Pilates or Yoga? Then come to this class for experiential learning using the Alexander Principles of “Awareness” and “Non-Doing” for your Yoga/Pilates Practice. This class will begin with a short refresher on the basic principles we work with in the AT, and then we will apply them to a few exercises and asanas, to determine ease, breath, and grounding for your Yoga/Pilates practice.  Please come in exercise clothes and have a mat on which to work.  For all levels of AT experience.

Diane Young Sussman, Alexander Technique Teacher, Philadelphia, PADiane Sussman has been teaching the Alexander Technique since 1987, and brings her extensive training in Dance, Yoga and Pilates to her work for the benefit of making subtle but valuable changes in the thinking process of doing exercise or yoga. More info at www.bodymindbalance.net.

 

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Discovering the Profound Influence our Awareness has on our Bodies

with Chris Mincer
2:30 – 3:30 PM

As we work towards a better, more comprehensive understanding of the psych-physical unity within ourselves, it is helpful to begin to observe habits of mind as well as habits of body.  In this class we will specifically begin to look at different ways we can use our attention, some of the ways we habitually use it and how, when we consciously choose to, moment by moment, we can alter those ways gradually, over time,  replacing old unhelpful habits with newer ones which work more in our favor and have a more positive influence on our bodies as well.

Chris Mincer holds a B.M. from Penn State University and an M.M. from Southern Methodist University in guitar performance. In 1996 he earned his teaching certificate from the Brighton Alexander Training Centre under John and Carolyn Nicholls. While living in England he was fortunate to work with a number of first-generation teachers. In 2002 he graduated from the Alexander Technique School of New England under Missy Vineyard. He has taught the Alexander Technique at Penn State in the graduate acting program and currently maintains private Alexander practices as well as Suzuki guitar studios in State College and Quakertown, PA.

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Seated Mobilizing for Riders, Athletes and Dancers

with Jano Cohen
6:30 – 7:15 PM

Jano will demonstrate a series of centered movements incorporating the principles of the Alexander Technique on the wooden saddle horse. Participants will use a stool or chair to practice them along with her. Riders are invited to practice them after class on horseback with their horse on a longe line. Opening and freeing joints and muscles throughout your body, finding a centered seat, and releasing your legs into the ground will improve your movement skills for horseback riding, martial arts, dance and other sports.

Jano Cohen teaches in the greater Philadelphia area. She was certified by The Alexander Foundation (now The Philadelphia School of the A.T.) in 1990 and is a teaching member of Alexander Technique International (ATI). She holds an M.F.A. in dance from Temple University and a B.A. in dance from Bennington College. In addition to choreographing and performing dance, she played music for 10 years. She has worked extensively with performers, athletes, and people with various health issues including arthritis, injuries and accidents, multiple sclerosis, thoracic outlet syndrome, and histories of trauma. More info at ww.alexandertechnique-teacher.com.


Saturday, October 10, 2020

 

Breathe Easy: Alexander for Healthy Respiration

with Amy Ward Brimmer
10:00 -10:30 AM

Slow down for half an hour and access the power of your body’s awesome breathing system. We’ll take a look at the anatomy and mechanics of breathing, play with different ways to direct the breath under various circumstances, and discover why F. M. Alexander was dubbed “the breathing man” when he first offered his work to the world. Are you breathing right now? Then this session is for you.

Amy Ward Brimmer teaches groups and individuals in Yardley, PA. Although the AT can be applied to any activity and most people can benefit from it, Amy has expertise and a special interest in the challenges faced by performers, parents, and those in the caring professions, such as massage therapists, medical workers, and spiritual leaders. She is also a qualified teacher of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and enjoys leading Qigong classes throughout the Philadelphia area and online. More info at www.wayopenswellness.com.

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Guided Constructive Rest

with Chris Mincer
12:00-12:30 PM

Chris Mincer holds a B.M. from Penn State University and an M.M. from Southern Methodist University in guitar performance. In 1996 he earned his teaching certificate from the Brighton Alexander Training Centre under John and Carolyn Nicholls. While living in England he was fortunate to work with a number of first-generation teachers. In 2002 he graduated from the Alexander Technique School of New England under Missy Vineyard. He has taught the Alexander Technique at Penn State in the graduate acting program and currently maintains private Alexander practices as well as Suzuki guitar studios in State College and Quakertown, PA.

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Kind Speech

with Kathryn Armour
1:00 – 2:00 PM

Currently millions of dollars and countless internet hours are being spent on hate speech.  Let’s spend an hour bringing our attention to our own voices.  Let’s  practice being grounded and calm.  Let’s practice learning to pause before we respond. Let’s learn to hold our tongues before we speak our truth.  Let’s bring kindness into our speech. What would kind and strong feel like?

Kathryn Armour is a Voice and Alexander Technique teacher.  She taught for 17 years at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Kathryn works with singers and professional actors, has coached 2 Sondheim shows for Roundabout Theater, and teaches at the Episcopal Seminary in New York City. More info at www.KathrynArmour.com.

 

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Resting Within Activity: How Much Effort is Needed?

with Jan Baty
7:00-8:00 PM

In this session, we will begin by slowing down, coming to where we are, resting, receiving and appreciating. The shared energy of the group allows us to experience this more deeply.  Then we will practice some etudes together that can easily be taken into our daily activities – learning where the “desire for movement” comes from to allow us to co-operate with our natural co-ordination for moving head/spine, arms, walkingwith more ease. How does experiencing movement in this way, affect our sense of “self?” Much to discover along the way!

Jan Baty‘s inspiration for teaching draws from the spontaneity, flexibility, and skilled team work developed over her years performing first in the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, and then with the Delos String Quartet, at that time, in residence at the University of Delaware. Her music study includes Eastman, Yale, and the Juilliard School, and her Alexander background includes apprenticing with Marjorie Barstow with further study at the Alexander Alliance in Philadelphia where she then taught for many years.  She teaches in an Alexander intensive in June in Virginia and offers an Alexander course through the music department at the University of Delaware. Jan calls her approach Design Guidance, and gives private lessons and small group lessons at her home in Newark, Delaware.


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You may attend as many as you wish!

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