The Alexander Techniqe is an invaluable tool for anyone in the performing arts.
The Alexander Technique is taught in conservatory and university programs including the Juilliard School, New England Conservatory of Music, Aspen Music Center, Brevard Music Center, San Francisco Conservatory, Boston Conservatory, Manhattan School of Music, Northwestern, Indiana University, University of Cincinnati, University of Denver, Hart College of Music, and the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television.
Although it is currently not offered in any of the arts programs in Hawai‘i, I offer small group and private lessons for musicians, dancers and actors.
As a dancer and choreographer the Technique taught me to work more efficiently and with less effort, which was a daunting task at first. Dancers are taught to ‘work hard’ and I missed the familiar feeling of tension and excess effort that i had come to associate with ‘strong’ dancing and performing.
Applying the Alexander Technique reduced the number of injuries I sustained in classes, performance and rehearsal, helped me recover and heal from a persistent knee injury and kept me dancing without pain for many years.
As actors, dancers, musicians, singers, our performance quality is at its best when we can get out of our own way. When we can respond to the stimulus of performing with less tensing we allow our ‘instrument’ to play itself. In these moments everything comes together…
click on the link below to read thoughts from a singer who is taking Alexander lessons.
Alexander Technique Can Save Musical Lives – an article by a musician student of the Alexander Technique:
Alexander Technique for Actors