Dance and the Alexander Technique at Movement Research
Dance and the Alexander Technique
537 Broadway between Prince & Spring
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Class is 4
The Alexander Technique's simple, accessible tools are a boon to dancers
who seek to avoid injury while enlivening body and mind. Join Joan Arnold
for an exploration of the Technique through breath and movement.
Joan brings her long experience in dance and yoga to help students resolve
a wide range of body problems and find more comfort, resiliency
and expressiveness through the body. We will access awareness of
our internal rhythms to support improved technique and fresh improvisations.
Alexander Technique looks at the way we carry out our intentions.
Often we use a process that is habitual, unconscious, and
counterproductive. The technique offers a practice of staying
open and alert in the moment, observing our familiar tensions
and choosing to move without them. Beginning with the assumption
that we are perfectly designed for movement and balance,
we engage our mind to undo layers of interference, creating
an opportunity for change.
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Joan Arnold has been a movement
educator for more than 30 years, teaching
dance, exercise, yoga and the Alexander
Technique. Formerly Director of Special
Programs at the Laban Institute of Movement
Studies, she has a private practice in NYC
and teaches workshops at yoga studios
highlighting her synthesis of Anusara Yoga's
alignment principles with Alexander Technique.
She has written on teaching improvisation for
Contact Quarterly and has written essays and
features on mind/body subjects for national
magazines. She performed with the Improvisational Dance Ensemble in the 80s, in Woodstock
with Mark DeGarmo in September, 2009,
and with Christopher Williams at Dance New
Amsterdam in June, 2010. As Executive Director
of the Ancram Opera House in upstate New York,
she teaches ongoing yoga classes and co-produces music, dance and theater events.