Freedom to Move 2017 Conference: Alexander Technique in Action!
June 2-4, 2017
New York City
Take the Alexander Technique into action with the Freedom to Move 2017 conference. Movement comes in many forms and each presenter will offer their unique insights and interests into how the Alexander Technique and motion connect. As we all continue to learn and evolve, our understanding of the AT principles deepens and grows. We are excited the presenters are willing to share their wisdom with us.
We will again focus on smaller groups to give more individual attention, take time to share, interact and explore new ideas.
This year we will have 8 presenters and limit the attendance to 24 students. We will jump right in with a full session on Friday night to set the tone for a weekend of investigation and learning. That will be followed by a social get together.
During the conference each student will receive:
Four 2-hour sessions
Two 1- hour small group sessions
Time for individual attention
We will have a brunch and time to socialize on Sunday.
We are all movers. No previous dance or movement necessary. Everyone is welcome!
All sessions will be held at the Balance Arts Center, NYC.
FRIDAY EVENING, JUNE 2
Conference Registration Opens: 6:00-6:30 pm
SESSION 1: 6:30-8:30 pm
A. Back and Up Revisited
B. The double-spiral in partnering: from ballroom to hands-on work
Welcome Social: 8:30-9:00 pm
SATURDAY, JUNE 3
Small Group 1: 9:00-10:50 am (Choose One)
A. Elizabeth Johnson
B. Katherine Mitchell
SESSION 2: 10:00-11:50 am
A. Integrated Antagonistic Action: upper and lower interplay of engagements and resets with Luc Vanier
B. Alexander’s Principles & Five Systems Affecting Balance - Strategies for Improved Stability of the Standing Leg with Nancy Romita
Small Group 2: 12:00-1:00 pm
A. Rebecca Nettl-Fiol
B. Shelley Senter
Small Group 3: 1:00-2:50 pm
A. Eva Karczag
B. Nancy Romita
SESSION 3: 3:00-4:50 pm
A. The Only Way Is Through with Ann Rodiger
B. "transmission" with Shelley Senter
Small Group 4: 5:00-5:50 pm
A. Luc Vanier
B. Ann Rodiger
SUNDAY, JUNE 4
SESSION 4: 10:30-11:30 am
Individual Attention: All Teachers
Brunch: 11:30-12:30 pm
SESSION 5: 12:30-2:20 pm
A. The Art of Listening with Katherine Mitchell
B. Synergizing Life and Limb: How Dart and Bartenieff intersect to organize movement intention and coordination in the spine and limbs with Elizabeth Johnson
Closing Discussion: 2:30-3:00 pm
Student (with current ID): $250
Attendance at Friday night’s event
Four 2-hour group sessions (12 people in each)
Two 1-hour small group sessions (6 people in each)
Attendance at the Individual Attention session
Closing Discussion on Sunday
Date and Location:
June 2-4, 2017
Balance Arts Center
34 W 28th St. 3rd floor
New York City
Freedom to Move Conference 2016
“Mind and Imagination in Action”
Friday-Sunday, May 20th through May 22nd
Freedom to Move 2016 will explore the mind and imagination in movement.
You are invited to discover how the Alexander Technique enlivens your movement experiences. We can all benefit from these explorations as we think, imagine and move.
This year’s conference will be structured in a new way. We will have 6 teachers and limit attendance to 24 students. This will allow us to work work in small groups and include private lessons within the daily schedule.
We hope this new structure will give us more time to interact, share and exchange ideas.
During the Conference each student will receive:
• 3 2-hour group sessions (12 people in each) (2 on Saturday, one on Sunday)
• 2 1-hour small group sessions (4 people in each)
• 2 1/2 hour private lessons with two of the teachers
• Attendance at the dance showing Saturday afternoon
• Observation of small groups and private lessons with the permission of teachers and students.
All sessions will be held at the Balance Arts Center, NYC. Schedule is subject to change.
Come Join us!
***To register for individual sessions please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org***
FRIDAY, May 20th
6:00 pm: Registration Opens
6:30-8:00 pm: Games and Social
SATURDAY, May 21
SESSION 1: 9:30 AM - 11:25
1A. Spiral with Eva Karzcag
1B. Workshop with Rebecca Nettl-Fiol
SESSION 2A: 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM
SESSION 2B: 12:30-1:25 PM
SESSION 2C: 1:30-2:25 PM
SESSION 2D: 2:30-3:25 PM
SESSION 3: 3:30-5:25 PM
3A. Seeing/Being Seen with Shelley Senter
3B. Creative Writing: Mind-jumps, Sparks, and Flight with Katherine Mitchell
INFORMAL SHOWING: 5:40-6:30 PM
SUNDAY, May 22nd
SESSION 4A: 9:30-10:20 am
SESSION 4B: 10:30-11:25 am
SESSION 4C: 11:30 am-12:30 pm
BRUNCH: 12:20-1:15 pm
SESSION 5: 1:15-3:15 pm
5A. Coordinating and Invigorating Movement, Non-doing and Musicality with Rebecca Nettl-Fiol
5B. Mind the Gap: Space and Time with Ann Rodiger
Closing Discussion: 3:15-3:30 pm
Student (with current ID): $250
- attendance at Friday night events
- 3 2-hour group sessions (12 people in each) (2 on Saturday, one on Sunday)
- 2 1-hour small group sessions (4 people in each)
- 2 1/2 hour private lessons with two of the teachers
- Attendance at the dance showing Saturday afternoon
- Observation of small groups and private lessons with the permission of teachers and students.
- Closing Discussion on Sunday
Date and Location:
May 20-22, 2016
Balance Arts Center
34 W. 28th St. 3rd floor
New York City
Voicemail: (646) 526-6515
Freedom to Move 2015: Conference, Classes and Performance
Dance, Movement Arts and the Alexander TechniqueMay 15-17, 2015New York, NYPresented by the Balance Arts CenterFreedom to Move 2015 will focus on dance and the movement arts. You are invited to explore and discover how the Alexander Technique supports, enhances and enlivens your movement practices and performance.
The sessions are for teachers and students of dance and movement. The insights you will gain during the weekend will inspire your teaching and learning.This conference will include dance technique, improvisation, yoga, tai chi, mask work as well as continued sessions with the Dart Procedures.You will have time to share, exchange ideas and move together as we work.Come join us!REGISTER HERE.
Friday, May 15thRegistration Opens: 6:00 pmIntroduction to the Alexander Technique: 6:15-6:45 pmSocial: 6:45-8:00 pm
Saturday, May 16thSession 1: 9:00-10:45 am1A. Discovering Your BackNada Diachenko1B. Dance Everyday Movements: Use Alexander Principles to Find Play in Movement - From Sipping Tea to Performing DanceEmily Faulkner1C. Yoga and the Primary Control: Poses as ProceduresWitold Fitz-Simon1D. Dart Post-Grad: Last of a 4-Weekend SeriesSession 2: 11:00 am-1:00 pm2A. Dance Improvisation as a Practice of FreedomRachel Bernsen2B. C O R E M O T I O N Contemplative ActionDaria Fain2C. From the Inside Out: Tai Chi and the Alexander TechniqueNanette Walsh2D. Dart Post-Grad - Last of a 4-Weekend SeriesLunch: 1:00-2:00 pmSession 3: 2:00-4:00 pm3A. Ballet + Alexander Technique = bAlleT: Experience YOUR Body in bAlleTTom Baird3B. Contemporary Dance Practices and the Alexander TechniqueJuliette Mapp3D. Timing Matters: The effect of rhythm on coordination from dance to the Alexander TechniqueRebecca Nettl-FiolSession 4: 4:15-6:00 pmPerformance and DiscussionSunday, May 17thSession 5: 9:00-11:00 am5A. Ballet Jumping and Dart: Looking at the Coiling and Uncoiling of the WholeLuc Vanier5B. Taijiquan: Undoing, Non-doing and Stillness in MovementPhyllis Richmond5C. The Undivided Self: Integrative Warm-up based on the Alexander Principles and Dart ProceduresClare MaxwellBrunch: 11:00 am-12:15 pmSession 6: 12:15-2:15 pm6A. Where Heart and Mind MeetEva Karczag6B. Guided Improvisation with a Focus on InhibitionAnn Rodiger6C. Exploring Emotional Availability: Using Masks and the Alexander TechniqueBelinda Mello6D. Dart and Teaching the Alexander TechniqueKatherine MitchellClosing Discussion: 2:30-3:00 pmRegister here.
Registration by May 1st: $250Registration after May 1st: $275Student (with current ID) registration after May 1st: $200Pay-by-session: $45Student pay-by-session: $30Registration includes attendance at Friday night events, one workshop in each of the 6 sessions and the Closing Discussion on Sunday.May 15-17, 2015Pearl Studios500 8th Avenue, 4th floorNew York CityContact:email@example.comVoicemail: (646) 526-6515www.balanceartscenter.com
Ballet + Alexander Technique = bAlleT
Experience YOUR body in bAlleT
bAlleT™ is the integration of the principles of both the Alexander Technique and sound, time-tested classical ballet technique. Participants begin on the floor, move to the barre, and then move through space. BASIC classical ballet exercises will be given that allow the student to think in order to notice or un-do ingrained habits. Please wear clothing that allows the joints to bend and dance shoes or socks. Dance teachers, Alexander teachers, students, dancers, actors, singers are all welcome.
The level of the class is as easy or difficult as the student prefers.
Thomas Baird is a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique, having graduated from the Balance Arts Center, NYC in 2009. He is a historical dance specialist and has danced professionally for over 30 years. He is on the faculty of the Balance Arts Center, the Juilliard School, Purchase College, and the Hartt School of Music.
Dance Improvisation as a practice of Freedom
(title is taken from subtitle of Danielle Goldman's book, I Want To Be Ready, Improvised Dance as a Practice of Freedom)
The presentation would explore improvisation as a practice or technique in and of itself, focusing how using the principles of AT invites presence, greater capacity for listening, responding and spontaneity. Applying AT principles enables the practitioner to move away from self judgement, doubt and dis-integration by attending to the shared experience and saying yes to the unknown.
Rachel Bernsen, M.AmSAT, is a teacher of the Alexander Technique, dance artist and founder of the performance space The BIG ROOM in New Haven. She maintains a private practice in New Haven and in Rye, NY and has taught at Yale University, Texas Woman's University, Wesleyan University, Connecticut College, University of Alabama Tuscaloosa and in Russia at the Moscow Dance Agency Tsekh. She’s been on faculty at Movement Research since 2008. From 2011-2014 she taught in the dance dept. at The Educational Center for the Arts (ECA) a dedicated arts high school in New Haven, CT. She has been making her own work and has been presented regionally and internationally since 2005. Committed to interdisciplinary practice, Rachel’s ongoing collaborators include dancer/choreographer Melanie Maar, musicians Taylor Ho Bynum and Abraham Gomez-Delgado, visual artist Megan Craig, and legendary composer Anthony Braxton. www.rachelbernsenAT.com
C O R E M O T I O N Contemplative Action
Using the Chinese 5 Element Theory along with Alexander principles including “Inhibition" we’ll intuitively explore the correlation between organs/senses/emotions/intellect and the propriety of the material space that surrounds to initiate movement states and actions.
Daria Faïn extensively studied Qi Gong, Martial Arts forms and the 5 Element Theory, with Karfung Wu, Dr Jen, Franscico Abulquerque, Mantak Chia, Frank Allen and Laura Barnard Stelmok. She is a certified Alexander Technique teacher since 1991 and a Universal Healing Tao Instructor since 2001. She made extensive research in sensory perception, cognition science, neuroscience and human behavior, resulting in a complex understanding of the body as an endless resource of knowledge. For more info visit www.dariafain.net
Where Heart & Mind Meet
Conscious control is at the heart of the Alexander Technique. We learn to use thinking in order to redirect habitual response and create greater freedom in our moving. In the Chinese Five Element Theory of Medicine, heart houses mind. In this class we will reflect on the heart’s nature and mysteries, linking heart with consciousness to inspire the clarity of our thinking.
Eva Karzcag is an independent dance artist and teacher. For the past four decades she has practiced, taught, and advocated for explorative methods of dance making. She performs solo and collaborative work internationally, many of her collaborations involving links across the arts. Her performance work and her teaching are informed by dance improvisation and mindful body practices, including the Alexander Technique (ACAT certified teacher), whose concepts, in particular, shape her methodology. She has been a member of leading groups in the field of experimental dance, including the Trisha Brown Dance Company, and has taught dance at major colleges and studios throughout the USA, Australia, and Europe. She has an MFA degree (Dance Research Fellow) from Bennington College, VT. Recent performances include 'Promenade’, a series of improvised durational performance/installations with visual artist Chris Crickmay and composer Sylvia Hallett, and on-going collaborative duets. Through her performing and teaching, she aims to communicate her love of full-bodied dancing and her interest in the practice of being in the moment.
Yoga and the Primary Control: Poses as Procedures
Many systems of postural yoga base their physical practice on old-fashioned and incorrect alignment cues that can actually move the practitioner away from a harmonious and easeful relationship with their body and mind. Viewed through the lens of Primary Control and the principles of the Alexander Technique, the movement vocabulary of yoga can clarify and strengthen the head-neck-back relationship. In this workshop, we will explore yoga poses as if they were procedures, weaving them into a spirited and freeing mental and physical practice.
Witold Fitz-Simon has been a student of the Alexander Technique since 2007. He is certified to teach the Technique as a graduate of the American Center for the Alexander Technique's 1,600 hour, three year training program. A student of yoga since 1993 and a teacher of yoga since 2000, Witold is certified to teach yoga as a graduate of the Yoga Room, Berkeley’s Advanced Studies Program, under Donald Moyer. Witold combines his studies of the Technique, embodied anatomy and developmental movement into intelligent and practical instruction designed to help his students free themselves of ineffective and damaging habits of body, mind and being
Contemporary Dance Practices and the Alexander Technique.
The Undivided Self: Integrative Warm up based on the Alexander Principles and the Dart Procedures
Exploring Emotional Availability: using masks and Alexander Technique
Being present involves a willingness to be open and receptive. Masks can be used as a tool to open up conscious and unconscious receptivity and responsiveness. We will play with being present in who we are with the simplest mask first, and then take a look at using masks of “characters/ways of being”. We will explore how different patterns of can narrow or open emotional and sensory feedback.
Belinda Mello, MFA (directing), ATI, ATME, ACAT, teaches Alexander Technique to actors at the SITI Conservatory, Tom Todoroff Studio Conservatory and The Barrow Group, is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Theatre Department at Brooklyn College/CUNY, and faculty of Alexander Technique Workshops held in Spokane, WA and at Ohio State University. She will soon complete her professor certification in Margolis Method. Belinda is passionate about the integration of the Alexander Technique into performing arts training, rehearsal and performance. She is the co-producer of the Freedom to ACT: Acting and Alexander Technique Conferences in NYC. Her article (co-authored with Teva Bjerken) “Cultivating a Lively Use of Tension: the Synergy between Acting and The Alexander Technique” can be found in Theatre, Dance and Performance Training Journal 3:1(Routledge). She has performed and directed theater in NYC and internationally, and provides movement dramaturgy or performance coaching for productions and auditions. Her private practice is AT Motion. www.AlexTechMotion.com
Dart and Teaching the Alexander Technique
What do the Dart Procedures have to do with Alexander Technique principles and basic teaching procedures? For example, how might they support and enliven monkey, hands on the back of the chair or whispered ah? Let’s find out in this practical class for Alexander Technique teachers and trainees.
Katherine Mitchell has taught the Alexander Technique in St. Louis since 1989, when she certified with Joan and Alex Murray. She maintains a private teaching practice, trains teachers, and teaches classes at local universities and in workshops across the country. She works with diverse student populations from performing artists to scientists and social workers. Katherine holds a BS in choreography and an MFA in creative writing. She teaches tango and movement for writers classes at Washington University in St. Louis and is co-founder of the annual Act of Writing Conference at the Balance Arts Center in NYC.
Taijiquan: Undoing, Non-doing, and Stillness in Movement
We will explore the experiences of undoing, non-doing, and stillness in activity through the practice of movement from Tai Chi Chuan. We will play with: letting go of one thing in order to do something else, expending only as much effort as necessary, letting natural forces (like gravity and pendular motion) move us instead of muscular force, finding stillness in movement and movement in stillness––allowing more comfortable, more efficient, and effortless movement, whatever we may be doing.
Timing Matters: The effect of rhythm on coordination from dance to the Alexander Technique
In this session we will explore the relationship of timing to movement efficiency. Looking through the lens of the double-spiral musculature of the human body as described by Dart, we will explore how this deep structure provides an inherent rhythmic logic that can facilitate movement. We will apply this information to a variety of movements from dance to more subtle movements and principles typically used in Alexander technique teaching.
Rebecca Nettl-Fiol is a Professor of Dance at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She certified as an Alexander technique with Joan and Alex Murray in 1990 and has continued to work with them ever since, serving as an instructor on their training course and creating links between their course and the Dance Department at the University. She is a frequent presenter at conferences and institutions in the U.S. and abroad on the applications of the Alexander technique to dance training, and the links between developmental movement and Dart procedures to Alexander technique. Her work has resulted in a co-authored book, Dance and the Alexander Technique: Exploring the Missing Link (with Luc Vanier). She is also co-editor of The Body Eclectic: Evolving Practices in Dance Training. She is currently engaged in researching the role of rhythm and musicality on coordination and its applications to teaching both dance and the Alexander technique.
Gain more understanding of your movement impulses and choices you make while moving. As we explore moving and not moving, stopping and going, and going and not stopping you will learn discover new possibilities in moving and relating to others. We will explore solo, partner, group, and contact moments during the workshop.
Ann Rodiger is the Founder and Director of the Balance Arts Center and Balance Arts Alexander Technique Teacher Training Course. She has been teaching the Alexander Technique since 1981. Along with her private practice and training course in NYC, she has private practices in Berlin and Antwerp. She is a co-director of the Body-Mind-Voice workshops held for opera singers in Berlin every summer. She has an MA in Dance and has done extensive work with Laban’s theories.
Ballet jumping and Dart: looking at the coiling and uncoiling of the whole
From the Inside Out: Tai chi and the Alexander Technique
East meets West in an exploration of tai chi and the Alexander Technique. This workshop will investigate movement practices that arise from a ‘being’ foundation: integrate opposing forces to generate flow; direct energy more aligned with the tao; reconcile the concept of “sinking” in tai chi with the forward-and upward direction of the Technique.
Freedom to Move: 2014
Dart and the Alexander Technique
May 16-18, 2014 in New York City
The Freedom to Move Conference on Dart and the Alexander Technique will focus on Raymond Dart's contribution to human skill and coordination and its connection to the Alexander Technique.
Alex Murray will share his understanding and speak about his work with the Dart Procedures. Alex, along with his wife Joan, developed a series of exploratory poses and movements relating to the sequence of human developmental movement from infant to adult. Now known as the Dart Procedures, these movements correspond to F. M. Alexander’s understanding of human poise and coordination.
Alex and Joan Murray, directors of the Alexander Technique Center Urbana, have been working with the Alexander Technique since 1955. They have trained and graduated over 100 teachers of the Alexander Technique.
Raymond Dart, best known as an anatomist and anthropologist, also explored physiology and developmental movement, tracing the evolution of the earliest vertebrates to the upright human.
During this conference we will explore the application of the Dart Procedures and Alexander Technique to various disciplines and will show how they are fundamental to all human movement.
Come join us and explore!