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.




Conference Registration Opens: 6:00-6:30 pm


SESSION 1: 6:30-8:30 pm

A. Back and Up Revisited

Eva Karczag

B. The double-spiral in partnering: from ballroom to hands-on work

Rebecca Nettl-Fiol  


Welcome Social: 8:30-9:00 pm



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



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

registration info

Registration: $275

Student (with current ID):  $250


Registration Includes:

  • 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:***


FRIDAY, May 20th

6:00 pm: Registration Opens

6:30-8:00 pm: Games and Social


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

Small Groups:

Katherine Mitchell

Ann Rodiger

Private Lessons

SESSION 2B: 12:30-1:25 PM

Small Groups:

Shelley Senter

Rebecca Nettl-Fiol

Private Lessons

SESSION 2C: 1:30-2:25 PM

Small Groups:

Eva Karzcag

Private Lessons

SESSION 2D: 2:30-3:25 PM

Private Lessons

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


SUNDAY, May 22nd

SESSION 4A: 9:30-10:20 am

Small Groups:

Rebecca Nettl-Fiol

Ann Rodiger

Private Lessons

SESSION 4B: 10:30-11:25 am

Small Groups:

Eva Karczag

Private Lessons

SESSION 4C: 11:30 am-12:30 pm

Small Groups:

Shelley Senter

Katherine Mitchell

Private Lessons

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

Registration: $275

Student (with current ID): $250

Registration includes:

  • 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:info@balanceartscenter.comVoicemail: (646)

Tom Baird

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.

Rachel Bernsen

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.

Daria Fain

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

Eva Karzcag

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.

Witold Fitz-Simon

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

Juliette Mapp

Contemporary Dance Practices and the Alexander Technique.

Clare Maxwell

The Undivided Self: Integrative Warm up based on the Alexander Principles and the Dart Procedures

Belinda Mello

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.

Katherine Mitchell

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.

Phyllis Richmond

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.  

Rebecca Nettl-Fiol

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. 

Ann Rodiger

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.

Luc Vanier

Ballet jumping and Dart: looking at the coiling and uncoiling of the whole

Nanette Walsh

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!

Presenters include:

Katherine Mitchell

Judith Muir

Alex Murray

Rebecca Nettl-Fiol

Jess Prichard

Ann Rodiger

Luc Vanier

REGISTER HERESchedule:FRIDAY, MAY 16thNew York City Center Studios130 West 56th St.(between 6th and 7th Ave.)6:30 pm:  REGISTRATION OPENS7:00 - 9:30 pm:  OPENING SESSIONRaymond Arthur Dart: 1893-1988, an Appreciation Alex MurrayA thirty minute talk on how my wife and I met Professor Dart, and the friendship began which has led to a transformation in our understanding of the contribution of F.M. Alexander to the potential quality of human life.

Some of the practical procedures which have helped us in our lives and teaching will be demonstrated briefly, in two thirty minute segments. These helped form the basis of our current understanding.

Individual assistance in applying what is demonstrated will be available on Saturday morning and afternoon for those interested.SATURDAY, MAY 17thPearl Studios500 8th Avenue4th floor9:00 am: REGISTRATION OPENS9:30 - 10:00 am: SESSION 1Introduction to the Principles of the Alexander TechniqueAlex Murray10:15 am - 12:00 pm: SESSION 2The Dart ProceduresAlex Murray presenting the Dart ProceduresGroup sessions following presentation12:00 - 1:00 pm: LUNCH1:00 - 3:00 pm: SESSION 33A.  Small Group Work (1:00-1:45, 2:00-2:45) limited enrollmentAlex Murray3B.   Dart and Teaching the Alexander Technique (for AT Teachers)Katherine Mitchell3C.  Movement, Dart and the Alexander Technique: Primary and Secondary CurvesRebecca Nettl-Fiol and Luc Vanier3D. Hands-on Introduction to the Alexander TechniqueAnn Rodiger3:30 - 5:30 pm: SESSION 44A.  Movement, Dart and the Alexander Technique: The Double SpiralRebeca Nettl-Fiol and Luc Vanier4B.  Dart and the ActorJess Prichard4C. Diamond-Dart Meridian Sequence, Part IJudith MuirSUNDAY, MAY 18thPearl Studios500 8th Ave.4th floor10:00 am - 12:00 pm: SESSION 55A.  Dart applied to Ballet TechniqueLuc Vanier5B.  Let’s TangoKatherine Mitchell5C.  Dart in Everyday Life and MovementAnn Rodiger5D.  Diamond-Dart Meridian Sequence, Part IIJudith Muir12:00 - 1:30 pm: BRUNCH1:30 - 2:30 pm: SESSION 6Panel Discussion: Dart Perspectives-----------------------------Registration info:Registration by May 1st: $250Registration after May 1st: $275Student (with current ID) registration by May 1st: $180Student (with current ID) registration after May 1st: $200Pay-by-session: $45Student pay-by-session: $30Full conference registration includes attendance at Friday night events, one workshop in each of the 6 sessions and the Closing Session.Friday night lecture only: $45New York City Center Studios130 West 56th St.(between 6th and 7th Ave.)Saturday and Sunday sessions will take place at Pearl Studios, 500 8th Avenue, 4th floor. REGISTER HERESessions A, 1, 2 and 3A with Alex MurrayAlex and Joan Murray’s experience of the Alexander Technique began in 1955 with Charles Neil, and continued after his death in 1958, with Walter Carrington. They spent nine years working with Walter Carrington, who was F.M. Alexander’s principal assistant at the time of his death in 1955. They worked with and were friends of many first generation teachers, including: Majorie Barstow, Dilys Carrington, Frank and Helen Jones, Patrick Macdonald, Charles Neil, John Skinner, Peter Scott, Tony Spawforth, Richard and Elizabeth Walker, Lulie Westfelt, Kitty Wielopolska, and Peggy Williams. The Murray’s have taught extensively in London, the United States and Europe, in universities and conservatories.  During their early years in London, Joan was a well-known dancer in many major musical productions, including in My Fair Lady and The King and I.  Alex was principal flute in major orchestras, including the Royal Opera and the London Symphony Orchestra.  Alex became Professor of Flute at Michigan State University, 1967 - 1974.  Joan taught the Technique to his students and colleagues in the Music School.  Alex spent three years at the Royal Dutch Conservatory in the Hague, during which time, Joan taught extensively in Holland and London.  They returned to the United States when, in 1977 Alex was appointed Professor of Flute at the University of Illinois, a position he held until his retirement in 2002.  Since then he has devoted himself full-time to the Alexander Technique. Joan has maintained a private teaching practice and run the teacher-training course since moving to Illinois in 1977.Session 3C: Movement, Dart and the Alexander Technique: Primary and Secondary Curves with Rebecca Nettl-Fiol and Luc VanierSession 4A: Movement, Dart and the Alexander Technique: The Double Spiral with Rebecca Nettl-Fiol and Luc VanierRebecca Nettl-Fiol, Professor of Dance at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, is a teacher, choreographer, and author, specializing in the Alexander Technique and dance training. A faculty member at Illinois since 1982, she certified as an Alexander teacher with Joan and Alex Murray in 1990. She has been invited National Dance Education Organization and International Association for Dance Medicine and Sciences conferences. Rebecca and Luc’s teaching and research over Medicine and Sciences conferences. Rebecca and Luc’s teaching and research over the past 15 years has resulted in the book, Dance and the Alexander Technique: Exploring the Missing Link (University of Illinois Press 2011). She is also the co-editor of The Body Eclectic: Evolving Practices in Dance Training (U of Illinois Press 2008). Rebecca’s choreography is presented annually at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, and was recently selected for performance at the American Dance Guild 2012 performance festival at the Ailey Theatre in New York City, and at the Harvest Chicago Contemporary Dance Festival at the Ruth Page Center in Chicago. At the University of Illinois, Rebecca has served as the Teaching Academy Fellow for the College of Fine and Applied Arts, and is the recipient of the Campus Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, 2012.5A.  Dart applied to Ballet Technique with Luc VanierLuc Vanier started weekly lessons in Cleveland with Helen Hobbs in 1994 and certified with Joan and Alex Murray in 2001. He is the training director for Alexander Technique Milwaukee ( Luc is an Associate Professor in the Dance Department at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee’s Peck School of the Arts. His research on linking the Alexander Technique, developmental movement and Ballet is at the forefront of integrating somatic work into dance curriculum and has been presented at various conferences and workshops throughout the US, Russia, Australia and the Netherlands. His co-authored (with Rebecca Nettl-Fiol) “Dance and the Alexander Technique: Exploring the Missing Link” was published June 2011 by the University of Illinois Press. He is the 2012 recipient of the Center for 21st Century Studies $50,000 Interdisciplinary Challenge Award to research connections between physical therapy and the Alexander Technique. He is the recipient of the 2009 Wisconsin Arts Board Award for Choreography. Originally from Montreal, he studied at L'Ecole Superieur du Quebec under Daniel Seillier. In 1998, he retired from Ohio Ballet having danced a variety of roles such as the Workman in Kurt Jooss’ Big City, the Third Song of Tudor’s Dark Elegies, as well as the leads in Balanchine’s Allegro Brillante and Paul Taylor’s Aureole among others. He received his MFA at the University of Illinois (top ten dance program in US News).

Session 3B: Dart and Teaching the Alexander Technique (for AT Teachers) with Katherine MitchellSession 5B: Let’s Tango with Katherine MitchellKatherine Mitchell has maintained a private teaching practice in the Alexander Technique for over twenty years. She has taught AT at the Conservatory for Theatre Arts at Webster University and run a teacher-training course. Katherine has a background in dance and teaches Argentine Tango at Washington University. In December she completed an MFA in Creative Writing. She is interested in interdisciplinary teaching, most recently teaching a workshop on alliteration and movement.Session 4B: Dart and the Actor with Jess PrichardThe Dart Procedures are an excellent way to build an actor's daily physical practice. They can also be used as a technique for developing a character's physical habits. In this workshop you will learn to create daily physical warmups tailored to specific performance needs or classroom environments. You will also explore character physicalization through the Dart Procedures.Jess Prichard is a professional actor and Alexander Technique teacher who trained with Joan and Alex Murray. He is a certified Personal Trainer, holds an MFA in acting from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and is a member of AmSAT, ATME and SAFD. Jess has taught acting at universities throughout the U.S. and internationally. He is currently teaching acting at California State University - Los Angeles. Following Freedom to Move, Jess will be acting with Riverside Shakespeare Festival.Session 4D and 5C: Diamond-Dart Meridian Sequence, Parts I and II with Judith MuirUsing twelve of Dart’s original procedures, holistic medical pioneer John Diamond, M.D., found that each related to an acupuncture meridian, and placed them in a sequence that correlated to the developmental stages of the child from birth to upright posture. The efficacy of this sequence is further enhanced by saying particular affirmations that Dr. Diamond devised for each meridian.  The result is a powerful healing modality that can be performed in as little as five minutes a day. In this session, you will learn the basic Diamond-Dart Meridian Sequence, the emotional correlations to each meridian, and each meridian’s specific affirmations. While each posture will be looked at in-depth, we will also approach the sequence as whole, performing it as a dance-like meditation.Judith Muir M.M. M.AmSAT., is a senior Alexander Technique teacher with thirty years of international experience. Originally from the UK where she trained with Walter Carrington, one of the most influential Alexander Technique teachers in the world, she moved to the USA and became a founding member of the American Society of Alexander Teachers (AmSAT), as well as Vice-Chair of the American Center for the Alexander Technique, New York. She is currently Director of an AmSAT approved teacher training course and has helped train students to become certified teachers of the Alexander Technique on three continents. Her past and present students include members of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, New York City Opera, flutist Sir James Galway, and actors Greta Scacchi and Chris Noth. Her background as a professional musician gives her an insider’s perspective on many of the issues faced by performers and strongly influences her teaching. Trained at Manhattan School of Music and The Royal Academy of Music, London, she is a distinguished clarinetist who has performed classical and jazz concerts internationally, including Carnegie Hall, St. Martin’s in the Fields, London, and Wigmore Hall in London. She and her husband Peter Muir are Directors of the Institute for Music and Health in the Hudson Valley where they teach the Diamond Method for Music and run many programs for people with disabilities. For twelve years she taught the Alexander Technique at Bard College as Associate Professor of Theatre, having previously taught at the Actors’ Movement Studio in New York City, Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts, and the Powerhouse Theatre Apprentice Program, Vassar College.Session 3D: Hands-On Introduction to the Alexander Technique with Ann Rodiger Experience the Alexander Technique first hand with a verbal and tactile introduction to the work.  The workshop will include a traditional chair work and a guided lie down.Session 5C: Dart in Everyday Life and Movement with Ann RodigerExplore how the work you have been doing throughout the weekend fits in with your daily life actions and activities.  We will address several common movements such as walking and picking something up.  The workshop will also include  requests from the participants so if you have something in particular you would like to work on bring it along.  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.