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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, expand  and 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 and  experience 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

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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

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Performance Practices - NYC

 

March 20th-23rd, 2014 

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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
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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.