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Audition Success Workshop; July 16-29, 2017

WORKSHOP INFO
Transform your audition arias in time for the Fall 2017 audition season!  Through one-on-one voice, Alexander Technique, acting, and musical coaching, you will receive expert advice on how to bring your vocal and acting performance of three arias or songs to the next level. You will also participate in daily master classes and German lessons, plus receive guidance on how to audition in Europe.
THIS POWER-PACKED WORKSHOP FEATURES
THREE videotaped auditions
SIX voice lessons
THREE musical coachings
THREE Alexander Technique lessons
TWO acting coachings
Masterclasses in acting, stage deportment, overcoming stage fright
Conversational German classes
Daily movement warmups
Career advice on managing your career in Europe
Concert performance experience
TESTIMONIALS
“The Audition Success Workshop is an invaluable program for any singer at any professional level. It’s a unique program as it takes a very holistic approach to auditioning- Voice, Body and Mind. The focus is not only on singing but also acting and movement. It is a comprehensive program that will make you a stronger performer. You will be challenged, inspired and supported all along the way. I had such an incredible time and grew more than I knew was possible in such a short period of time.”
— Shirin Eskandani - Metropolitan Opera, Rossini Festival Pesaro, Sarasota Opera www.shirineskandani.com
“I would like to express my appreciation of and praise for the 10 day workshop in Berlin and especially the vocal instruction that I had with Thomas Michael Allen, as he was assigned to be my voice teacher.

First off, a little about myself for some context. I am a professional opera singer who has been engaged at the Semperoper Dresden since 2005 as a character tenor. I am therefore not a beginner, but I felt that I needed someone with whom I could work to bring my voice further along and keep me singing healthily and to my fullest potential. Tom was just the right person. He zeroed in very quickly to how my voice was functioning and when something he suggested didn’t work, he was quick to adapt and go after the problem in another way. He understands that not every voice speaks the same language. He really keeps me conscience of how I use my air when producing tones and specifically in relationship with the different vowels. It is concrete information – nothing hocus pocus. Some people prefer fluffy images and I’m sure Tom could have thrown some of those out there for me, but his specificity and clarity of information helped me progress and form a better consciousness of my vocal mechanism.

The general atmosphere of the workshop was very supportive – the faculty seemed to all be on the same wavelength. I loved being able to put the technical information immediately into practice in the mock auditions. Subsequently I noticed a big difference in my work on stage.
Needless to say, the last couple of years have been extremely exciting for me professionally. I’ve jumped in to productions at the last minute singing very difficult and vocally challenging music that I felt I could handle due to my technique. In addition, I’ve just entered the serious Wagner repertoire having sung many smaller roles and I feel confident moving forward as a result of the work I’ve done with Tom that my artistry will continue to develop and deepen through the solid vocal foundation he helped instill.”
— Timothy Oliver - Semperoper Dresden, Bayreuth Festival, Santa Fe Opera, Leipzig Opera www.timothyolivertenor.com
“Being able to work with the amazing vocal faculty for an entire 10 day period was such a luxury. I got to work on technique in a way that was which was really tailored to my needs and then put it into practice while in a masterclass/audition training setting. I loved working with Alexander Teacher Ann Rodiger, who addressed my specific and nuanced questions about my body’s alignment. The sessions with Ann really helped to open things up for me vocally. I also met one of my favorite coaches ever, Walewein Witten, and felt completely supported by all of the participants and teachers in this workshop. I have kept in touch with many of the other participants and it is great to have a broader European network of singers and colleagues.”
— Emma McNairy - Theater Lübeck, Theater Kiel, West Edge Opera www.emmamcnairy.com/
FACULTY

THOMAS MICHAEL ALLEN - Voice
www.thomasmichaelallen.com

OPERA: Berlin (Staatsoper, Komische Oper), Zurich, Geneva, Paris (Champs-Elysees), Baden-Baden, Amsterdam, Brussels, Stuttgart, Cincinnati, Handel Festival Halle, Lucerne Festival, Schleswig Holstein Festival, Spoleto Festival, Cincinnati, Glimmerglass Festival

CONCERT: New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Berlin Philharmonic, National Symphony (Washington D.C), Gewandhaus Orchester Leipzig, Les Arts Florissants, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Academy for Ancient Music, Opera Lafayette, Les musiciens du Louvre

RECORDING: EMI, Sony/Harmonia Mundi, Virgin Classics, Chandos, Capriccio

TEACHING: 20+years private studio Berlin, Body-Mind-Voice-Berlin, Israel Vocal Arts Institute, Singing Course Beveren (Antwerp), guest faculty Amsterdam Conservatory, faculty USC-Thornton School of Music (beginning August 2017)

EDUCATION: Davidson College, Philipps-Universität Marburg, Manhattan School of Music, Britten-Pears School

ABBIE FURMANSKY – Voice
www.abbiefurmansky.net

OPERA: Berlin (Deutsche Oper), Munich (Bayerische Staatsoper), Los Angeles, Washington , Amsterdam, Baden-Baden, Lucerne Festival, New York City Opera, Opera Canada

CONCERT: Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks,  Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Deutsches Symphonieorchester Berlin, Netherlands Radio-Philharmonic

RECORDING: Sony/Red Seal, Nimbus

TEACHING: 20+ years private studio Berlin, Young Artists Program Berliner Staatsoper, Israel Vocal Arts Institute, Greek Opera Studio, Singing Course Beveren (Belgium), Ars Vocalis Mexico, Body-Mind-Voice-Berlin

EDUCATION: University of Wisconsin, Juilliard School

ANN RODIGER – Alexander Technique
www.balanceartscenter.com    

FOUNDER / DIRECTOR: Balance Arts Center, New York City

DIRECTOR: Balance Arts Center Alexander Technique Teacher Training Course

TEACHING: 30+ years private studio Alexander Technique with focus on voice in New York City, Berlin and Antwerp. Israel Vocal Arts Institute, Body-Mind-Voice-Berlin, Singing Course Beveren (Belgium), guest faculty: University of Hawaii, University of Illinois

SPECIALIST: Laban Movement Analysis

EDUCATION: University of Oregon, University of Ohio

PRODUCER: Conferences and Workshops: Freedom to Move, Act, and Sing, and the Act of Writin

JANET SCOTT – Acting
PERFORMANCE: Professional actress (AEA, SAG) for stage, television and film for 40 years. She is currently writing her second one-woman performance funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities

TEACHING: Private Studio for 30+ years, Director Graduate Opera Workshop at University of Kentucky, former Associate Artistic Director of Actors Theatre Workshop in New York City. HB Studios (Uta Hagen) and Gene Frankel Neighborhood Playhouse (Sanford Meisner). 

AWARD: 2005 National Society of Arts and Letters Arts Educator of the Year.

EDUCATION: Columbia University, student of Stella Adler at the Stella Adler Acting Conservatory

JOHN NORRIS – Movement/Acting/Voice
www.johnnorris.eu

John Norris uses his creative imagination and vast acting experience to help singers create a special atmosphere or mood in the room before they even begin to sing. By developing body awareness and a special relationship to the imagination, the singer begins to feel more in command and discovers an inner strength coming from the content or the character. An authentic expression emerges and John guides the singer and the audience in an adventure of freedom of expression and vocal connectivity.

TEACHING: 30+ years private studio, Young Artists Programs of MET, Bayerische Staatsoper. Berliner Staatsoper, Dresdner Semperoper, Neue Stimmen, Body-Mind-Voice-Berlin,  American Conservatory Theater San Francisco, National Conservatory Theater Denver, Wolf Trap, Curtis Institute, former Director Mannes School of Music Opera Department, former Director Israel Vocal Arts Institute.

GARY JANKOWSKI – Voice
OPERA: Opéra Bastille Paris, Teatro Colon Buenos Aires, Mexico City, Polish National Opera,  Bergen, Leipzig, Lübeck, Nürnberg, Halle, Freiburg, Kiel.

CONCERT: Auckland Philharmonia, Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Philharmonisches Orchester Freiburg, Neubrandenburger Philharmonie, Mecklenburgische Staatskapelle,  Chautauqua Symphony, Orchestra Seattle, the Bellingham Festival of Music and the Crue Consort

TEACHING: Private studio Berlin, Israel Vocal Arts Institute, Singing Course Beveren (Belgium), faculty Royal Conservatory Antwerp

EDUCATION: Indiana University

BYRON KNUTSON – Pianist/Coach
www.byronknutson.com

OPERA: Komische Oper (Director of Young Artists Program), Deutsche Oper Berlin, Kiel, Halle, Augsburg

TEACHING: Private studio for 20+ years, former faculty Albion College, current faculty Hanns-Eisler Conservatory, Berlin

EDUCATION: Cincinnati Conservatory

TOMOKO OKADA – Pianist/Coach
OPERA: Bayerische Staatsoper Munich, Frankfurt Opera, La Monnaie Brussels, Opera di Genova.

COACHING: Private coach for over 20 years, guest faculty at Dennis O’Neill’s Cardiff International Academy of Voice and Welsh International Academy of Voice

EDUCATION: State Conservatory of Vienna (Diploma in Vocal Accompaniment), State Conservatory of Tokyo

DANIEL SUTTON – Pianist/Composer/Coach
www.designertunes.com

COACHING: Private studio in Berlin, Body-Mind-Voice-Berlin, Singing Course Beveren, Chautauqua, Juilliard Opera Center, Manhattan School of Music, Israel Vocal Arts Institute

EDUCATION: Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, Cincinnati Conservatory

WALEWEIN WITTEN – Pianist/Harpsichordist/Coach
www.waleweinwitten.com

OPERA: Barcelona, Duesseldorf, Kassel and Bremerhaven

COACHING: 15+ years private studio in Berlin, Singing Course Beveren (Belgium)

EDUCATION: Academy of Arts & Music Utrecht, Royal Conservatory the Hague

MARKUS ZUGEHÖR – Pianist/Coach
PERFORMANCE: Concert tours of Europe and Asia as Soloist and Accompanist. Musical Assistant to Herbert Blomstedt, Riccardo Chailly and Morten Schuldt-Jensen

COACHING: UDK Berlin, Leipzig Conservatory, Halle Conservatory, University of Halle, UDK Berlin

EDUCATION: Leipzig Conservatory, Paris Conservatory

SUZANNA GUZMAN – Mezzo Soprano/Masterclass
www.suzannaguzman.com

As an Advocate for Arts Education she serves on the USC Thornton Board of Councilors, on UCLA’s Design for Sharing Board, on the Los Angeles Opera Education Committee and served as the Director of Community Engagement for the L.A. County High School for the Arts.

OPERA: Metropolitan Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Washington National Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Seattle Opera, Dallas Opera,  Opera de Geneve, Dresden Opera, Opera Montpelier, Edinburgh Festival, Opera de Nice, Spoleto Festival

EDUCATION: California State University, Los Angeles, Occidental College (Honorary Doctorate)

ZENAIDA DES AUBRIS – Workshop
Zenaida des Aubris, based in Berlin, has over 30 years experience in artist management and production of classical music and opera in the United States, Europe and Asia. After a Masters in Sociology, she joined the San Francisco Opera. Here, she met stage director Jean-Pierre Ponnelle, whom she managed 1980-1988, followed by personal management of Lorin Maazel. Zenaida was General Project Manager of Puccini's "Turandot in the Forbidden City”, Beijing, 1997/98 with Zubin Mehta and Zhang Yimou. Thereafter, she has consulted with various institutions in artistic administration such as the Hangzhou Grand Theater and Wu Promotions in China and the Palau de les Arts in Valencia, Spain.

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SCHEDULE: Freedom to Move

FRIDAY EVENING, JUNE 2017

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

 

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


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SCHEDULE: Freedom to Act

FRIDAY, MARCH 2017

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

OPENING SESSION: 6:30-7:30 pm

Meeting Your Music With Your Whole Self

Ann Rodiger & Ariel Weiss

 

7:30-8:00 pm    

SOCIAL HOUR

 

SATURDAY, March 2017

SESSION 1: 9:00-10:45 am

A. Healthy Practice Habits    

Ariel Weiss     

B. “How Do They Make It Look So EASY?!!!” The Secret to Mastering Any String Technique With Ease (String Track)

Jennifer Roig-Francolí

 

 SESSION 2: 11:00 am-12:45 pm

A. Confident Creativity

Corinne Cassini                    

B. Moving Air, Making Music (WIND TRACK)

Ann Rodiger    

 

LUNCH: 12:45-2:15 pm

 

SESSION 3: 2:15-4:00 pm

A. Sitting: The First Technique

Evangeline Benedetti

B. Alexander Technique and the Singing Voice

Diane Gaary

 

SESSION 4: 4:15-6:00 pm

A. Performing Without Anxiety

Bob Lada

B. 12 Commandments for Piano Playing (PIANO TRACK)

Debi Adams

 

SUNDAY, March 2017

SESSION 5: 9:30-11:15 am

A.Theme and Variations: Breathing Support (VOICE AND WIND TRACKS)           

Kathryn Armour

B. The Use of Our Arms and Hands (PIANO AND STRING TRACKS)

Chris Mincer

 

BRUNCH: 11:15 am-12:30 pm

 

SESSION 6: 12:30-2:00 pm

Panel Discussion: Healthy Musicians: Preventing Injury for Optimal Performance

All Presenters

 

CLOSING SESSION: 2:00-2:30 pm

Taking It With You

Ann Rodiger & Ariel Weiss            

 

Conference Registration Fee:

By March 1: $240

After March 1: $285

Student (with Current ID)/Trainee:  $225

Single Session: $55

Student (with current ID)/Trainee Single Session:  $45

 

Full registration includes attendance Friday night and one workshop in each of the 6 sessions.

 

 Online Registration:

REGISTER HERE

 

Contact:

Email: info@balanceartscenter.com  

Voicemail: 646-526-6515

 

Location:

Balance Arts Center

34 W. 28th St. 3rd floor

NY, NY 10001

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SCHEDULE: Freedom to Make Music

FRIDAY, MARCH 2017

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

OPENING SESSION: 6:30-7:30 pm

Meeting Your Music With Your Whole Self

Ann Rodiger & Ariel Weiss

 

7:30-8:00 pm    

SOCIAL HOUR

 

SATURDAY, March 2017

SESSION 1: 9:00-10:45 am

A. Healthy Practice Habits    

Ariel Weiss     

B. “How Do They Make It Look So EASY?!!!” The Secret to Mastering Any String Technique With Ease (String Track)

Jennifer Roig-Francolí

 

 SESSION 2: 11:00 am-12:45 pm

A. Confident Creativity

Corinne Cassini                    

B. Moving Air, Making Music (WIND TRACK)

Ann Rodiger    

 

LUNCH: 12:45-2:15 pm

 

SESSION 3: 2:15-4:00 pm

A. Sitting: The First Technique

Evangeline Benedetti

B. Alexander Technique and the Singing Voice

Diane Gaary

 

SESSION 4: 4:15-6:00 pm

A. Performing Without Anxiety

Bob Lada

B. 12 Commandments for Piano Playing (PIANO TRACK)

Debi Adams

 

SUNDAY, March 2017

SESSION 5: 9:30-11:15 am

A.Theme and Variations: Breathing Support (VOICE AND WIND TRACKS)           

Kathryn Armour

B. The Use of Our Arms and Hands (PIANO AND STRING TRACKS)

Chris Mincer

 

BRUNCH: 11:15 am-12:30 pm

 

SESSION 6: 12:30-2:00 pm

Panel Discussion: Healthy Musicians: Preventing Injury for Optimal Performance

All Presenters

 

CLOSING SESSION: 2:00-2:30 pm

Taking It With You

Ann Rodiger & Ariel Weiss            

 

Conference Registration Fee:

By March 1: $240

After March 1: $285

Student (with Current ID)/Trainee:  $225

Single Session: $55

Student (with current ID)/Trainee Single Session:  $45

 

Full registration includes attendance Friday night and one workshop in each of the 6 sessions.

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The Act of Writing

Workshop for Creativity and Movement

October 24, 25, 26, 2014 

Presenters: Joan Arnold, Tom Baird, Katherine Mitchell and Ann Rodiger

REGISTER HERE

The act of writing comes from your whole being.

We’ll explore movement:

·      as a source of creativity

·      as a way to move forward when you’re stuck

·      to gain a fresh perspective on how you move and write

·      to inspire, sharpen and energize your writing experience 

Sessions include movement as writing prompts, reading your work aloud, dancing the Villanelle, and trying your hand at choreography.  Discover how other art forms can vitalize your writing in an ekphrastic writing session.

All the presenters are trained in the Alexander Technique, a method for enhancing the integrated body/mind, and are movement and dance educators. They are all aware of the writing process and many are published authors.

The workshops are for anyone who writes. No previous movement experience is necessary. 

What an incredible experience! Who knew that the combination of writing and movement would unlock such a treasure trove of creativity? I left the Balance Arts Center’s Act of Writing workshop having learned to dance the Villanelle, choreographed my own dance and with four nearly completed poems. Prior to the workshop, I had always considered myself to be an academic writer and somewhat clumsy or uncoordinated. I never dreamed I would write poetry and experience dance as a fulfilling means of self-expression. The class was comprised of a group of talented writers from diverse backgrounds and disciplines—novelists, journalists, screenwriters, playwrights and poets. The exchange of ideas within the group and the sharing of our writing with one another has fostered the beginnings of new projects as well as supportive friendships to sustain each other as we strive to complete works that are already underway. I recommend this workshop to anyone who has ever struggled with writer’s block or to anyone who has either dreamed of dancing or writing and never had the courage to try.

--Jessica Goldring, Writer & Translator

I came away from the 2013 Act of Writing workshop with a much more limber writing muscle. I recommend it for anyone who writes about anything. I explored new ways to interpret movement in the world around me. I learned to create and perform nonverbal stories and see how others verbally interpreted my work. I translated dance into poetry, and learned how the way I stand and walk and sit and breathe and move interacts with how and how well I write. Sharing experiences with others was enlightening and fun. I can’t wait for this year’s workshops.  

--Kathleen Moore, Writer and editor for museum exhibitions, former WWD/W editor and writer

SCHEDULE

FRIDAY, October 24 

6:30 - 8:30 pm

6:30 pm: Registration opens

6:45-8:30 pm: Awareness/Word Games, Social Gathering

 SATURDAY, October 25

SESSION I - 9:00-11:00 am

Creating Movement: Alexander Technique for Writers

Katherine Mitchell

SESSION 2 - 11:15 am-1:00 pm

Language of Movement: Vocabulary and Observation based on Laban Movement Analysis

Ann Rodiger

LUNCH - 1:00-2:00 pm

SESSION 3 - 2:00-4:00 pm

Dynamic Writing: Observation and Sensation in Conveying the Lives of Characters

Joan Arnold

SESSION 4 - 4:15-5:45 pm

The Poetry of Dance: La Villanelle

Tom Baird

 SUNDAY, October 26 

SESSION 5 - 9:00-11:00 am

Speaking Your Own Words: Presenting Yourself and Talking in Front of Others

Ann Rodiger

SESSION 6 - 11:15-1:15 pm

Inviting the Unexpected: Choreography for Writers

Katherine Mitchell

BRUNCH (on-site) 

1:15-2:00 pm

SESSION 7 - 2:00 - 3:30 pm

Ekphrastic Writing Session: Using Other Art Forms to Inspire Writing

SESSION 8 - 3:45-4:45 pm

Reading for Each Other—Informal Session

CLOSURE - 4:45-5:00 pm

Ending Discussion

REGISTRATION INFO

Registration before Sept.15: $300

Registration after Sept. 15: $350

Students (with current ID) registration before Sept. 15: $250

Students (with current ID) registration after Sept. 15: $300

Date and Location:

October 24-26th 2014

Balance Arts Center

34 W. 28th St. 3rd floor

New York City, NY 10001

 Contact:

info@balanceartscenter.com

Voicemail:  646-526-6515

 Presented by:

Balance Arts Center

SESSION 1: Creating Movement: Alexander Technique for Writers - Katherine Mitchell

We’ll explore tasks and activities designed to engage the senses, hone observational skills, improve co-ordination and ease, and encourage more freedom in our approach to writing, whether prose or poetry. We’ll reconsider how we think about attention, awareness and effort. Movement-related tasks will serve as writing prompts. 

Katherine Mitchell has taught the Alexander Technique for over twenty years, working both in private practice and as adjunct faculty at the Conservatory for Theatre Arts at Webster University. Her students come from all walks of life, including writers who use AT both to be more comfortable sitting at a desk and to enlarge how they think about writing. Katherine developed an interest in interdisciplinary learning while completing her bachelor’s degree at the University of Memphis. In her field of study she used literary and visual media to develop choreography. She has taught an alliteration and movement workshop through StudioSTL and has taught Argentine Tango/Alexander Technique workshops in various venues from Galway to Las Vegas. She recently developed a movement for writers class, which she’ll teach at Washington University in St. Louis in Spring 2014. In December of 2012, Katherine completed a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Her poetry appears in the 2013 spring and summer issues of 2River View. 

SESSION 2: Language of Movement: Vocabulary and Observation based on Laban Movement Analysis with Ann Rodiger

Explore, expandand refine your movement vocabulary using Laban Movement Analysis and Labanotation concepts.  We will look at the "what" and "how" of bodies and objects in motion. Workshop activities are designed to help you observe andexperience these movement concepts in multiple ways.

SESSION 3: Dynamic Writing: Observation and Sensation in Conveying the Life of Characters with Joan Arnold

Whether fiction, journalism or memoir, conveying movement in words brings characters and their interactions alive for the reader.  In this workshop, we will look at examples of how great writers – from Shakespeare to Jane Smiley – vivify their characters through posture, gesture and movement.  We will experiment with sensation and observation as a resource for compelling description and lively writing. 

A teacher of dance, yoga and the Alexander Technique for 30 years, Joan Arnold has been writing professionally since 1987, when her personal essay, Love & Real Estate, appeared in New York Woman.  As a contributing editor, she wrote profiles on celebrities such as Baryshnikov, Bill Irwin and Ruben Blades, as well as features on dance, education, yoga and holistic health.  She has written columns and articles for New Woman, Self, Shape, More, American Photo, Martha Stewart Living, Massage & Bodywork and New Age Journal.  With Hope Gillerman, she co-authored The Essential Oils Deck: Simple Blends for Health & Beauty, and contributed the chapter on Alexander Technique to The Whole Mind, a book on alternative approaches to mental health.  Joan teaches yoga at the Ancram Opera House in the Hudson Valley, at Park Slope’s Jaya Yoga Center and at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health.  Her online publications have appeared in Ecospychology Online, the Park Slope Reader and Elephant Journal.  www.joanarnold.com

SESSION 4: The Poetry of Dance: La Villanella - Tom Baird

Thomas Baird is a professional dancer, teacher, and certified teacher of the Alexander Technique. His specialty is reviving historical dance forms from the Renaissance, Baroque, Regency, Victorian, Ragtime, and Flapper eras. He has presented several workshops for the Balance Arts Center’s Freedom to Move and Freedom to Play and Sing Conferences. He is a graduate of the Balance Arts Center, Ann Rodiger, director.

SESSION 5: Speaking Your Own Words: Presenting Yourself and Talking in Front of Others with Ann Rodiger

Writers are often asked to read their work in front of others. In this workshop we will explore the elements of good vocal production, projection and presentation presence. We will look at how to stand at a podium and on a stage. (including speaking in to a microphone) As you are more comfortable with yourself your confidence will grow. You will have time to practice with a partner or small group. Bring something you have written. 

SESSION 6 - Inviting the Unexpected: Choreography for Writers with Katherine Mitchell

With a basic movement vocabulary, we’ll compose vignettes, considering improvisation within form, repetition, image, point of view, symbol, dynamics, metaphor, revision, narrative, etc. through the lens of movement. We’ll use the vignettes as writing prompts. No movement or dance experience required. 


Good Speaking and Singing Posture/Alignment and How to Get There: for Speaking and Singing Teachers

Presented by Ann Rodiger

REGISTER HERE

October 11 -12, 2014

            Sat. 10 am – 6 pm

            Sun. 9 am – 2 pm

Learn how to set up the conditions in the body for better vocal production in your students.  Understand how singing is a full body experience and the big part posture, balance and alignment play. Work with your own speaking and singing habits and learn how to identify and cue better alignment in your students.  This workshop is based on the Alexander Technique.

Limited enrollment.  

Fee:  $200

Ann Rodiger has been teaching the Alexander Technique for more than 30 years.  She has been working with singers for over 25 years.  She has private practices in singing and the Alexander Technique in New York City; Berlin, Germany and Abnwerp, Belgium.  She teaches regularly at the Performance Practices Workshop in Berlin, Germany which she founded with John Norris.  She also teaches at the Summer Voice Program in Antwerp has served on the faculty of Lidal North in Oslo. 

Ann is the founder and director of the Balance Arts Center and the Balance Arts Alexander Technique Teacher Training Program

Location:

Balance Arts Center

34 W. 28th St. 3rd floor

New York, NY

REGISTER HERE

Performance Practices - NYC

March 20th-23rd, 2014 

REGISTER HERE

John Norris and Ann Rodiger will be joined by Claude Webster to offer a 3 1/2 day Performance Practices Workshop in NYC Thursday evening, March 20th through Sunday afternoon March 23rd. The weekend will focus on your vocal performance and how your mind and body participate in your overall presentation. Each day will include a warm up with Ann and John, private sessions, and master classes or presentation. You will have a chance to sing for everyone.

John brings his own method for helping singers connect to their bodies and their voices. His process of exploration leads to many discoveries and new choices that enable the singer to truly enter into an emotional, physical, and mental connectivity to his or her characters. 

John Norris working with a student.

Ann works with the voice through the lens of the Alexander Technique which includes the body and how you are attending to the vocal and performance processes. Ann assists you in building an awareness of your habits of learning and thinking and then provides a process for change in the moment of action. She works in detail with the head, neck, tongue and jaw and how to integrate them with the airflow and overall use of your instrument. Ann guides you to experience your whole field of awareness - local and global so you have many sensory resources available to you while you practice and perform. Each individual session moves from your warm up into full singing.

Ann Rodiger working with a student.

Claude facilitates everyone in setting their goals for performance. He helps everyone identify their needs needs regarding the mental preparation of the performance. As a certified NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) and hypnosis coach, Claude will use all the tools he has developed over the years to help you to perform at your best. Combining this with his skill as a vocal coach, he'll make sure you can translate those goals into concrete steps, whether vocally, physically or musically. 

Claude Webster

At the Daily Warm-Ups, the most important part of the day at the workshop, singers practice integrating what they’re discovering throughout the day, and experience greater awareness of themselves and how to connect with their environments and by focusing on connection to breath and the resonance chambers of the body, participants experience singing and performing as a full-body activity.

Enrollment is limited so please reserve your place in the workshop with a deposit of $100.

Location:  The Balance Arts Center, 34 W. 28th St. 3rd floor; New York, NY 10001 

Phone:  646-526-6515

Workshop Fee: $350 before and on March 1st. $400 after March 1st. 

The Act of Writing: Workshop for Creativity and Movement

Dates:

November 15, 16, 17th 2013

Presenters:Joan Arnold, Tom Baird, Kyra Miller, Katherine Mitchell and Ann Rodiger

Location: 34 West 28th Street, 3rd Floor, NYCContact: info@balanceartscenter.com

The act of writing comes from your whole being.

We’ll explore movement:

• as a source of creativity

• as a way to move forward when you’re stuck

• to gain a fresh perspective on how you move and write

• to inspire, sharpen and energize your writing experience

Sessions include using dance and movement as writing prompts, reading your work aloud, dancing the Villanella, and trying your hand at choreography. Discover how to sit more comfortably and with more vitality while writing and discover how that might affect what you write.

Presenters are trained in the Alexander Technique, a method for enhancing the use of your integrated mind/body.  They are movement and dance educators and most are published authors.

The workshops are for anyone who writes.  No previous movement experience is necessary. 

Please join us!

FRIDAY, November 15

6:30pm-8:30pm

Registration 

Introductions, Awareness/Word Games, Social 

Gathering

SATURDAY, November 16

Session I - 9:00-11:00 am

Creating Movement: Alexander Technique for Writers

Katherine Mitchell

Session 2 - 11:15 -2:45 pm

Ergonomics: Writing by Hand or Sitting at Your Computer

Ann Rodiger

LUNCH - 12:45-1:45 pm

Session 3 - 1:45-3:45 pm

Dynamic Writing: Observation and Sensation in Conveying the Life of Characters

Joan Arnold

Session 4 - 4:00-5:20 pm

The Poetry of Dance: La Villanella

Tom Baird

Session 5 - 5:30-6:45 pm

Writing from the Body, Panel Discussion

Kyra Miller, Moderator

SUNDAY, November 17

Session 6 - 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

A. Speaking Your Own Words: Talking and Presenting Yourself in Front of Others

Ann Rodiger

B. Inviting the Unexpected: Choreography for Writers

Katherine Mitchell

BRUNCH - 12:00-12:45 pm

Session 7 - 12:45-2:15 pm

Ekphrastic Writing Session

Session 8 - 2:15–3:15 pm

Reading for Each Other – Informal Session 

3:15–3:30 pm

Wrap – up

Biography and Workshop Descriptions

SATURDAY, November 16

Session I - 9:00-11:00 am

Creating Movement: Alexander Technique for Writers - Katherine Mitchell

We’ll explore tasks and activities designed to engage the senses, hone observational skills, improve co-ordination and ease, and encourage more freedom in our approach to writing, whether prose or poetry. We’ll reconsider how we think about attention, awareness and effort. Movement-related tasks will serve as writing prompts. 

Katherine Mitchell has taught the Alexander Technique for over twenty years, working both in private practice and as adjunct faculty at the Conservatory for Theatre Arts at Webster University. Her students come from all walks of life, including writers who use AT both to be more comfortable sitting at a desk and to enlarge how they think about writing. Katherine developed an interest in interdisciplinary learning while completing her bachelor’s degree at the University of Memphis. In her field of study she used literary and visual media to develop choreography. She has taught an alliteration and movement workshop through StudioSTL and has taught Argentine Tango/Alexander Technique workshops in various venues from Galway to Las Vegas. She recently developed a movement for writers class, which she’ll teach at Washington University in St. Louis in Spring 2014. In December of 2012, Katherine completed a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Her poetry appears in the 2013 spring and summer issues of 2River View. 

Session 2 - 11:15 -2:45 pm

Ergonomics: Writing by Hand or Sitting at Your Computer - Ann Rodiger

When your body is balanced and easy you are freer to focus and write. We look closley at the optimal mechanics for writing by hand and at the computer. (bring your laptops. Pen and paper will be provided) Concepts from and experiences fof the Alexander Technique will be used in leading you toward a better poise while you write. Each participant will receive individual attention and direct hands-on guidance while you explore the mechanics of writing. Everyone will receive a complimenetary copy of Ann's "How to Sit" book.

Ann Rodiger is the founder and director of the Balance Arts Center and the Balance Arts Center Teacher Training Course. She has been teaching the Alexander Technique and movement for over 30 years in academic and private settings. She is skilled in Labanotation, Laban Movement Analysis, Bartenieff Fundamentals, Yoga, meditation, and various dance techniques. She maintains private practices in New York City, Berlin and Antwerp. She is the creator and producer of the Freedom to Move, Freedom to Play and co-creator of the Freedom to Act conferences. She has recently published a book, "How To Sit: Your Body at Work".

Session 3 - 1:45-3:45 pm

Dynamic Writing: Observation and Sensation in Conveying the Life of Characters - Joan Arnold

Whether fiction, journalism or memoir, conveying movement in words brings characters and their interactions alive for the reader. In this workshop, we will look at how great writers, such as Herman Melville and Katherine Ann Porter, vivify their characters through posture and movement. We will experiment with our own sensations and refine our capacity for movement observation as a resource for compelling description and lively writing. 

A teacher of dance, yoga and the Alexander Technique for 25 years, Joan Arnold also has been writing professionally since 1987, when her personal essay, Love & Real Estate, appeared in New York Woman.  As a contributing editor, she wrote profiles on celebrities such as Baryshnikov, Bill Irwin and Ruben Blades, as well as features on dance, education, yoga and holistic health. She has written columns and articles for New Woman, Self, Shape, More, American Photo, Ecospychology Online, Living Fit, Martha Stewart Living, Massage & Bodywork and New Age Journal. With Hope Gillerman, she co-authored The Essential Oils Deck: Simple Blends for Health & Beauty. She contributed the chapter on Alexander Technique to The Whole Mind, a book on alternative approaches to mental health. Joan's recent online publications have appeared on Kripalu’s web site, the Park Slope Reader and Elephant Journal.  www.joanarnold.com

Session 4 - 4:00-5:20 pm

The Poetry of Dance: La Villanella - Tom Baird

Inspired by the past, 19th century poets reclaimed the pastoral poetic form alternately called Villanelle, Villanella or Villancico. This workshop will offer participants a physical experience of that poetic form which has its roots in ancient song and dance. Along with the principles of the Alexander Technique, La Villanella, a Renaissance court dance choreographed by Fabritio Caroso and published in Venice in 1581, will be taught. 

Thomas Baird is a professional dancer, teacher, and certified teacher of the Alexander Technique. His specialty is reviving historical dance forms from the Renaissance, Baroque, Regency, Victorian, Ragtime, and Flapper eras. He has presented several workshops for the Balance Arts Center’s Freedom to Move and Freedom to Play and Sing Conferences. He is a graduate of the Balance Arts Center, Ann Rodiger, director.

Session 5 - 5:30-6:45 pm

Writing from the Body, Panel Discussion - Kyra Miller, Moderator

The panel will include Katherine Mitchell, Joan Arnold, Liz Gessner, Kathleen Moore and Carole Desanti.

Kyra Miller is an actress and storyteller. Most recently, her solo show, “Chosen,” was produced at the Metropolitan Room. She has performed her own work at the Cornelia Street Café, Manhattan Theater Source and the Ethnic Cultural Center in Seattle, Washington, as well as telling stories all over New York City.  She has contributed writing to plays produced by the New Ensemble and, currently, the Woodshed Collective. She began her study of the Alexander Technique with Cathy Madden while getting her MFA in acting in Seattle, and is currently training to be a teacher with Ann Rodiger at the Balance Arts Center.

SUNDAY, November 17

Session 6 - 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

A. Speaking Your Own Words: Talking and Presenting Yourself in Front of Others - Ann Rodiger

Writers are often asked to read their work in front of others. In this workshop we will explore the elements of good vocal production, projection and presentation presence. We will look at how to stand at a podium and on a stage. (including speaking in to a microphone) As you are more comfortable with yourself your confidence will grow. You will have time to practice with a partner or small group. Bring something you have written. 

B. Inviting the Unexpected: Choreography for Writers - Katherine Mitchell

With a basic movement vocabulary, we’ll compose vignettes, considering improvisation within form, repetition, image, point of view, symbol, dynamics, metaphor, revision, narrative, etc. through the lens of movement. We’ll use the vignettes as writing prompts. No movement or dance experience required.

BRUNCH - 12:00-12:45 pm

Session 7 - 12:45-2:15 pm

Ekphrastic Writing Session

Session 8 - 2:15–3:15 pm

Reading for Each Other – Informal Session 

3:15–3:30 pm

Closing Comments and Wrap – up

Joan Arnold, Tom Baird, Kyra Miller, Katherine Mitchell and Ann Rodiger

Voice, Speech and Song Workshop

Dates:

January 26, 2013 – 3-6 pm

February 23, 2013 – 3-6 pm

March 16, 2013 – 1-3 pm (Workshop at the Freedom to Play and Sing: 2013 Conference)

We will:

- explore the relationship of the tongue and jaw to head and neck

- enhance communication with awareness of tone, language and learning styles

- practice presentation skills for group teaching

- work with professional singers under Ann’s guidance

The class will be limited to 12 participants. The workshop will include theory, observation, and practical application. Reading material will generally be provided. No previous Alexander Technique experience is necessary.

Fee: $80

Voice, Speech and Song Workshop- explore the relationship of the tongue and jaw to head and neck- enhance communication with awareness of tone, language and learning styles- practice presentation skills for group teaching- work with professional singers under Ann’s guidanceFee: $80

Very Beginning Ballet

Weekly classes in ballet basics including floor work, barre, adagio and across-the-floor based on the Alexander Technique principles.  Ann Rodiger and Thomas Baird will alternate teaching this class.

Thomas Baird is co-director of New York City-based Baroque dance and music ensemble Apollo’s Banquet; teaches regular Baroque Dance master classes at The Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music; faculty member of Opera Division at the State University of New York at Purchase; Period Movement Coach for recent Broadway productions of “A Touch of the Poet”, Lincoln Center Theater’s “The Rivals”; choreographer for Metropolitan Opera production of “Cyrano de Bergerac”; teaches Historical Dance at the Gelsey Kirkland Academy of Classical Ballet, New York City; choreographed and performed for five seasons for the  New York Philharmonic’s Young People’s Concerts; AMSAT-certified teacher of the Alexander Technique; teaches the Alexander Technique in the Dance Division at the Juilliard School.

Wednesdays 6:30-8pm

Fee:  $15 per class.

Reservations required.

Please email Ann Rodiger at arodiger@earthlink.net before attending your first class.

Workshops and events are offered periodically focusing on people who perform specific tasks such as typing, singing, dancing or walking. One can learn a great deal about their movement habits in the class setting. It is often helpful to observe others while working to increase one’s own awareness.

Integrated Awareness Meditation

Sunday, October 23, 2011 – 1-5 pm, $60 

Ann Rodiger has developed the IAM course to assist people in developing a meditation practice and in helping people deepen existing meditation practices. Class will begin with Yoga postures to prepare the body for meditation.

Laura Lomas is an Intuitive Counselor who has the rare ability to tune in to each person’s energy systems and life experiences. This allows her to help each client release their emotional, physical, and spiritual entanglements. Once that release takes place, one is able to fulfill their life’s purpose with clarity, perspective and inspiration for the future. Laura works with guided meditation techniques, energy cleansing and balancing along with other modalities to address each client’s best way of connecting in to their highest consciousness. She has been doing this work for over 20 years and has clients from all over the world. She currently resides in Vermont.

You must register in advance because space is limited.

Class fee: $60

All of the upcoming workshops take place at the Balance Arts Center

Freedom to Play: Making Music with the Alexander Technique

This one day experiential workshop is designed to illuminate the powerful relationship that exists between your body and your instrument. How you use yourself and interact with your instrument has everything to do with your freedom to play and making music.

Specially designed masterclasses on body usage, breathing and sitting will provide you with simple yet profound ways to enhance this relationship.

Date: Sun Oct 30

Location: Fulton St, Downtown NYC

Time: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Workshop Fee: $100

Limited places. Please register early and here.

Contact: arodiger@balanceartscenter.com

Faculty : David Homan : Judith Muir : Ann Rodiger

Judith Muir, M.M. M.AmSAT, is one of the senior teachers of the Alexander Technique in America.  She is a founding member of the American Society of Alexander Teachers (AmSAT), and former Vice-Chair of the American Center for the Alexander Technique, New York, with 27 years of private teaching experience.  She trained in London with Walter Carrington, one of the most influential teachers of hte Alexander Technique in the world.  Her teaching experiences include helping to train students to become certified teachers of the Alexander Technique in Cape Town, South Africa, Manhattan, New York City, and Amherst, Massachusetts.  Currently on the faculty at Bard College in the Theatre Department 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.

As Director of Early Childhood Education at the Institute for Music and Healthin the Hudson Valley, Judith also offers an exceptional international background in woodwind and piano pedagogy.  She has a Masters degree from Manhattan School of Music and is a distinguished clarinetist.  Her performances include classical and jazz concerts on three continents, and her solo and ensemble appearnaces include Carnegie Hall, New York City, St. Martin’s in the Fields, and Wigmore Hll in London U.K. She also runs an award winning music program at the Hawk Meadow Montessori School in Poughkeepsie based on the work of John Diamond M.D. having been personally trained by him for twelve years in his unique approach to music and healing.

David Homan is a composer and collaborative artist.  Dedicated to live composition for theatre, dance, chamber music, and musical theatre, Mr. Homan’s current projects emphasize collaboration in live performance and communication between performers and creators in various fields.

He is the founding director of the Live Arts Collaboration, a non-profit dedicated to producing multidisciplinary works in NYC, and the Executive Director of the American-Israel Cultural Foundation.

For samples of his work, or more information, visit www.homanmusic.com

Ann Rodiger brings her experience of over 30 years in the Alexander Technique, Laban Movement Analysis and Observation, Dance Notation, movement education, and her own dance performance experience to her work as a teacher. She currently has a private practice in New York City. Ms. Rodiger is the founder and director of the AmSAT approved Balance Arts Center Alexander Technique Teacher Training Course in NYC. Ms. Rodiger has taught graduate and undergraduate level dance courses in several major U.S. Universities, including the University of Illinois-Urbana, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, University of Hawaii-Manoa, City College of New York, and the Juilliard School. Internationally, she teaches regularly in Berlin, and has taught in France and Switzerland. Ms. Rodiger graduated from the Urbana Center for the Alexander Technique in 1981. She also holds a Masters Degree in Dance from the Ohio State University and a B.S. from the University of Oregon. She has also studied ergonomics, Bartenieff Fundamentals, Feldenkrais, yoga and meditation.  She has been working with singers and musicians for over 25 years.

Alexander Technique Singers’ Workshop/Masterclass

Singers learn principles of the Alexander Technique that will enhance their knowledge of how the whole body participates in singing.

Sunday, September 18, 2011 – 3-6 pm

Classes will be limited to 12 participants. The workshop will include theory, observation, and practical application. Reading material will generally be provided. No previous Alexander Technique experience is necessary.

Students will be required to pay the full fee before beginning the class. There are no refunds.

Fee: $75

Contact: Ann Rodiger, 646-526-6515

Register: here

Integrated Awareness Meditation

Sunday June 12, 2011, 3-6 pm, $60

Ann Rodiger has developed the IAM course to assist people in developing a meditation practice and in helping people deepen existing meditation practices.  Class will begin with Yoga postures to prepare the  body for meditation.

Finding Your Flow:  Yoga and the Alexander Technique

Learn the Principles of the Alexander Technique as they apply to Yoga.  You will learn concepts of direction, balance and ease of movement as well as how to change habitual movement patterns.  We will look at Yoga postures through the Alexander Technique lens.

Saturday, February 26, 3-6pm – for Yoga practitioners

Sunday, April 3, 3-6pm – for Yoga teachers

Saturday, May 14, 3-6pm – for Yoga practitioners

Fee:  $50 per session.  Limited enrollment.  Reservations required.

To register, please email  Ann Rodiger at arodiger@earthlink.net or click here.

Your Body at Work:  Working with Less Stress and More Energy

New York Open Center 22 E. 30th Street New York, NY 10016

3 Sessions Weekly

Tuesdays, March 29-April 12

8-10pm

Open Center Members $90/Nonmembers $100

To register, click HERE

Many of us experience tension while we work and wind up suffering from such ailments as eye strain, headaches, backaches, fatigue, breathing problems, carpal tunnel syndrome, vocal strain, neck and shoulder tension, and sore muscles. In this class we’ll learn how to to prevent tension from building up so we can maintain a sense of balance and ease as we move gracefully throughout our day, even if we’re forced to sit at a desk for a lot of that time. We will use principles and practices drawn from the Alexander Technique, a superb, time tested method for building awareness of our core movement patterns that provides us with practical ways to permanently make our postures, ways of moving our bodies and mental states far more fluid and natural. Come discover how to transform your relationship to your workplace so you can maintain your calm in stressful situations, and feel more relaxed, alert, energized and focused.

The Diamond-Dart Meridian Sequence

Sunday, April 10th, 1–5pm

The Diamond-Dart Meridian Sequence is an easily learnt movement meditation designed to raise your Life Energy (Chi). This dance-like series of movements and postures will help organ functioning, improve coordination and breathing as well as clearing the Acupuncture Emotional System. The sequence was developed by John Diamond, MD and documented in his book, Life Energy: Using the Meridians to Unlock the Power of your Emotions. Although each posture is beneficial when performed separately, it is by moving through the complete sequence that the greatest benefits accrue.

Presented by:

Judith Muir, MM, M.AmSAT

Karla Diamond, M.AmSAT

Location:

Balance Arts Center, NYC

Contact Judith@musichealth.net

Choral Singers’ Series

November 9:  Jaw, 7-8:30pm

November 16:  Tongue, 7-8:30pm

November 30:  Diaphragm/Support, 7-8:30pm

December 7:  Whole Body, 7-8:30pm

Learn in a four-session workshop how to use your tongue, jaw, tongue, diaphragm, and whole body with more articulation and freedom while you are vocalizing.  Your new knowledge will be applied directly to your singing.  The awareness and understanding you gain will increase the effectiveness of your voice lessons by helping you understand more clearly what your teacher is asking you to do.

Fee:  $125 whole series OR $35 single session

Reservations/Questions:  646.526.6515, arodiger@earthlink.net

Introduction to the Alexander Technique for Yoga Teachers

Saturday December 4, 3-6pm $75

Ann Rodiger will introduce the Alexander Technique principles as they relate to the practice of Yoga.  The Alexander Technique is a mind/body educational method that helps restore balance, freedom and ease of movement, and improves one’s overall mental and physical functioning. No Pre-registration required.

Singers’ Series I

October-November 2010

Tuesdays, 7-8:30pm

October 12: Jaw

October 19: Tongue

October 26: Diaphragm

November 2: Whole Body

Learn in a four-session workshop how to use your jaw, tongue, diaphragm, and whole body with more articulation and freedom while you are vocalizing. Your new knowledge will be applied directly to your singing. The awareness and understanding you gain will increase the effectiveness of your voice lessons by helping you understand more clearly what your teacher is asking you to do. Enrollment is limited to ensure ample individual attention.

$135 whole series OR $35 single session

Email Ann Rodiger to register: arodiger@earthlink.net

The information presented is based on principles of the Alexander Technique.

Singers’ Series II

September-October 2010

Tuesdays, 7-8:30pm

September 21: Vowels

September 28: Consonants

October 5: Starting and Stopping

October 12:  Ongoing Continuous Sound

Learn in a four-session workshop how to better produce vowels, consonants, how to start and stop more easily, and how to produce ongoing continuous sound with more articulation and freedom while you are vocalizing. Your new knowledge will be applied directly to your singing. The awareness and understanding you gain will increase the effectiveness of your voice lessons by helping you understand more clearly what your teacher is asking you to do. Enrollment is limited to ensure ample individual attention.

$135 whole series OR $35 single session

Email Ann Rodiger to register: arodiger@earthlink.net

The information presented is based on principles of the Alexander Technique.

Integrated Awareness Meditation

Sunday October 24, 2010, 2-5 pm, $75

In this workshop we will practice meditation by focusing on optimal posture, breath and balance through the principles of the Alexander Technique.  We will use creative visualizations and guided meditations to liberate the wisdom of our hearts. Through this process you will learn to recognize how thought patterns manifest in your body and how to release habitual patterns of thought and behavior.   As you follow the voice and flow of your own inner wisdom you will experience an embodied awareness of your unified heart, body and mind. This workshop is a wonderful introduction to meditation for beginners and an opportunity for experienced meditators to go deeper.

Take a look at all the workshops that were offered at

Freedom To Move: Conference on Dance and the Alexander Technique, May 21-23, 2010

click to see details on the conference

Speaking, Singing, and Making Sound for Dancers

June 12, 2010, 3-6pm

This workshop is tailored specifically for dancers wishing to develop vocal skills for various levels of performance. Feel comfortable using your voice while standing and in motion.  Learn how to use your voice well through principles of the Alexander Technique; how your breath and whole body participate in speaking, singing, and making sound; learn how knowledge of good vocal technique can enhance your overall balance and movement experience. Bring your questions and concerns about speaking and singing.

Integrated Awareness Meditation

Sunday May 2, 12-4 pm, $75, Middlebury Vermont

Thomas Jackson and Ann Rodiger have developed the IAM course to assist people in developing a meditation practice and in helping people deepen existing meditation practices.

Integrated Awareness Meditation

Sunday April 18, 2-6 pm, $75

Thomas Jackson and Ann Rodiger have developed the IAM course to assist people in developing a meditation practice and in helping people deepen existing meditation practices.

Singers’ Series

April-May 2010

Tuesdays, 7-8:30pm

April 13: Jaw

April 20: Tongue

April 27: Diaphragm

May 4: Whole Body

Learn in a four-session workshop how to use your jaw, tongue, diaphragm, and whole body with more articulation and freedom while you are vocalizing. Your new knowledge will be applied directly to your singing. The awareness and understanding you gain will increase the effectiveness of your voice lessons by helping you understand more clearly what your teacher is asking you to do. Enrollment is limited to ensure ample individual attention.

$125 whole series OR $35 single session

Email Ann Rodiger to register: arodiger@earthlink.net

The information presented is based on principles of the Alexander Technique.

An Introduction to the Alexander Technique for Yoga Teachers

Saturday March 13, 2010, $25

Ann Rodiger will introduce the Alexander Technique principles as they relate to the practice of Yoga. The Alexander Technique is a mind/body educational method that helps restore balance, freedom and ease of movement, and improves one’s overall mental and physical functioning. No Pre-registration required.

Integrated Awareness Meditation

Sunday March 7, 2010, 2-6 pm, $75

Thomas Jackson and Ann Rodiger have developed the IAM course to assist people in developing a meditation practice and in helping people deepen existing meditation practices.

Breath and Support: Workshop for Singers, Musicians and others who use their voice, using principles of the Alexander Technique

Saturday February 13, 2010, 2-5pm

Having an accurate image, understanding, and sensation of how your breathing works is critical to the success of your singing and speaking. In this workshop you will learn the basics of good breathing and support and integrate this information with the use of your voice. Your expanded awareness will lead you to a better understanding of how to improve your singing and speaking. Singers and speakers of all styles are welcome.

Workshop Fee: $75. Workshop + one private 45 min. lesson: $145. Reservations Required.

Contact Ann Rodiger: 646-526-6515 or arodiger@balanceartscenter.com

Breathing Out and In

Saturday December 5, 2009, 2-5pm

Having an accurate image, understanding, and sensation of how your breathing works is critical to the success of your singing and speaking. In this workshop you will learn the basics of good breathing and support and integrate this information with the use of your voice. Your expanded awareness will lead you to a better understanding of how to improve your singing and speaking. Singers and speakers of all styles are welcome.

Workshop Fee:  $75. Workshop + one private 45 min. lesson: $145

Turning In and Out for Dancers

Sat. Nov. 1, 2-5 pm, $25

Explore your inward and outward notation and apply your new knowledge to standing and simple movements. Reservations required.

Integrated Awareness Meditation

Sun. Oct. 25, (Manhattan), Sun. Nov.  (VT), 2009, $75

Thomas Jackson and Ann Rodiger have developed the IAM course to assist people in developing a meditation practice and in helping people deepen existing meditation practices. Workshops are given in both NYC and Middlebury, VT.

Sun Salutation and the Alexander Technique

Sat. Oct. 17, 2009, $25, Sandra Cameron Dance Studio

Refine your Sun Salutation practice with better alignment, balance, direction and ease of movement – through the lens of the Alexander Technique. Pre-registration is not required.

Head, Neck, Tongue, Jaw Workshop for Singers

Saturday September 26, 2009, 2-5 pm, $75

Apply a new awareness directly to your singing. Your expanded awareness will lead you to a better understanding of how to improve your singing and how your whole body is involved with your singing. Reservations required.

An Introduction to the Alexander Technique for Yoga Teachers

Saturday October 3, 2009, $25, Sandra Cameron Dance Studio, 199 Lafayette, Soho

Ann Rodiger will introduce the Alexander Technique principles as they relate to the practice of Yoga.  The Alexander Technique is a mind/body educational method that helps restore balance, freedom and ease of movement, and improves one’s overall mental and physical functioning. No Pre-registration required.