Balance Arts Center Alexander Technique Teacher Training Course
Thomas Baird is a Historical Dance specialist, and is the co-director of Apollo’s Banquet, a New York City-based Baroque dance and music ensemble. For ten years, he directed the East Coast Baroque Dance Workshop at Rutgers University. Mr. Baird is a regular guest lecturer on Baroque Dance at The Juilliard School, Mannes School of Music, and the Manhattan School of Music. He is a long-time faculty member of the Opera Division at SUNY Purchase where he teaches Movement Styles for Singers and choreographs the annual opera productions.
He is on the faculty of the Hartt School of Music where he also teaches movement for singers. He was the Period Movement Coach for the Broadway productions of O’Neill’s “A Touch of the Poet,” and, at Lincoln Center Theater, Sheridan’s “The Rivals.” He also choreographed period dances for the Metropolitan Opera production of Alfano’s “Cyrano de Bergerac,” starring Placido Domingo. For the past five seasons, he has choreographed and performed period dances for the New York Philharmonic’s Young People’s Concerts at Avery Fisher Hall. Mr. Baird taught Period Dance at the Gelsey Kirkland Academy of Classical Ballet during its inaugural year. Thomas is a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique, having received his training from the Balance Arts Center in NYC, Ann Rodiger, director. He teaches the Alexander Technique privately, and in the Dance Divisions of Purchase College and The Juilliard School.
Michele Cappello became a certified Alexander Technique teacher in January 2014. Her goal is to bring the Alexander work to people from all walks of life with special focus on performing artists and populations with special needs, e.g. veterans who may suffer from posttraumatic stress or young adults diagnosed with attention deficit disorder. Michele offers lessons at the Balance Arts Center and in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.Ms. Cappello has a background in dance, art and yoga. As a certified Kundalini yoga instructor she worked with the psychiatric forensic and psychiatric adolescent populations at Bellevue Hospital. Michele holds a BFA in Fine Art from New Jersey City University. She has taught art workshops throughout the Jersey City public school system with the Educational Arts Team, a private nonprofit organization. Ms. Cappello has a strong background in ballet and modern dance and has performed with a number of butoh-based choreographers in New York city.
Julie Edwards Frazier-Smith became an AmSAT certified Alexander Technique Teacher in December 2014. She graduated from the Balance Arts Center in New York, NY. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Dance and Theater from Middle Tennessee State University. Julie currently resides in Lugano, Switzerland where she teaches Dance and Theater at The American School in Switzerland to K-12th graders. She is interested in seeing the processes of the Alexander Technique transform the classroom. She continues to be an active dancer and choreographer and offers private AT sessions from her home in Lugano, CH.
Jay Foote is a 2013 graduate of the Balance Arts Center. Jay has worked as the webmaster for The Balance Arts Center since 2010. He teaches The Alexander Technique at The Balance Arts Center and out of his home in Brooklyn. Jay is especially interested in working with students interested in mindfulness and singers/musician's interested in wellness. As a professional bassist and producer he has performed, recorded and toured with many of New York City's finest musicians and songwriters.
Heather Gardner is a Philadelphia and New York City based soprano and violinist/violist. She holds a Bachelor of Music from The Eastman School of Music, a Masters of Music from Rutgers University and is an AmSAT certified Alexander Technique instructor through the Balance Arts Center. She teaches both voice and Alexander Technique in Philadelphia and New York City and is interested in helping her students find greater freedom of choice in their daily lives as well as on the stage.
Kyra Miller Himmelbaum
Kyra Miller Himmelbaum was certified to teach the Alexander Technique through the Balance Arts Center in May of 2016. An actress and singer, she holds and MFA in acting from the University of Washington in Seattle. She has taught acting at Tulane University, Montclair State University and the University of Washington. A former dancer, she also taught Pilates for 15 years all over the world (certified in 1999 by the Pilates Center in Boulder, Colorado). Her Alexander practice currently focuses on helping performers find greater expression and freedom in their work.
Elizabeth Miller graduated from the Balance Arts Center in December 2015. In addition to having her Alexander Technique Certification she is a performing violinist in New York City and Executive Director of the Hudson Heights String Academy, dedicated to teaching New York City youth string instruments and integrating the Alexander principles as a part of their training.
Robin Rapoport graduated in May of 2015 from Sarah Lawrence College with an MFA in poetry. Her background is in fine arts and the moving body. From 2002-2011 she founded and was artistic director of Headless Horse, a contemporary dance company based in New York. Her dance film “Thief” was accepted to both the Palm Springs Festival of Short Films and The Jumping Frames Film Festival in Bejing. Poems have been published in The Mom Egg, Broken Yolk, Cede Poetry, Event Magazine, The Freshwater Review and WILDsound Writing and Film Festival Review. She graduated in January 2016 from The Balance Arts Center as an AmSAT certified Alexander Technique teacher.
An actor and theatre professional for over 20 years, Eli's credits include acting, production, playwrighting, and movement direction. She's worked nationally and internationally, most recently with Dramatic Adventure Theatre and West Virginia University for their Heart of Europe tour as Movement Director. Her one woman movement, storytelling piece, Born of a Fairytale was produced both in DC and New York. And the inaugural production of the company she founded with her husband, Vacant Lot Theatre Co, was privileged to work closely with playwright, Erik Ehn, bringing Child's Drawing of a Monster to its world premier in New York and then in Boston. Along with her MFA and AmSat certification, she is also a certified Laban Movement Analyst. She currently teaches Mindfulness and 55+, Acting, and Pre-natal Alexander Technique classes and gives private lessons in her home studio.
Allyna offers private lessons in the evenings and weekends in midtown or the upper west side, or via home or office sessions at your location in New York City or Ulster County. She has used the technique to relieve pain, heal and regain strength after surgery, improve her posture and vocal clarity, create more connection on the dance floor, and more. She also holds a Master of Public Health degree giving her a broad knowledge of health which she incorporates into her teaching. Allyna brings the Alexander Technique into all aspects of living and can help you do the same.
Sarah White-Ayón is a professional dancer, dance artist, visual artist and a 2007 graduate of the Alexander Technique Teacher Training Course at Balance Arts Center. Since 2007 she has been teaching private lessons and group classes in the Alexander Technique at various schools throughout NYC including Balance Arts Center, Movement Research, The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, The Fifth Line, CLASSCLASSCLASS, Parson’s School of Design, and NYU. She works with students in a thoughtful and dedicated manner to help them become aware of individual habits and patterns that often interfere with easy, efficient movement and balance. Her lessons and classes focus on building awareness, freeing the breath, structural mapping and allowing for a deep directional support for all types of performance, activity and ranges of movement. In addition to her Alexander Technique Teacher Training Certificate, she holds a BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography from UMKC (1999) and an MFA in Photo, Video and Related Media from the School of Visual Arts (2011).
Jay Winston is a 2008 graduate of the Balance Arts Center Alexander Technique teacher training course. A professional tenor, Jay has most recently performed in concert works in and around the New Jersey area. Jay is a full-time vocal instructor at The Pingry School in Martinsville, NJ and he teaches private voice lessons at Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, NJ. Jay earned his Bachelor of Music in vocal performance from Northwestern University. He currently resides in Franklin Park, NJ.
Jay P. Winston, Vocal Music Instructor, The Pingry School
BMus Northwestern University, M.Amsat, Alexander Technique