Sapientia Summer Series 2021

We are thrilled to be offering our Summer Series this July and August.

Registration is open!

Please follow the links below to our class offerings and online registration.

Sapientia Initiative is committed to the ongoing process of deepening, understanding, and enacting inclusion. All are welcome. If cost is an issue, and you would like to explore potential scholarships, please contact info@riversideinitiative.com

Class sizes are limited, and they will be filled on a first-come-first-serve basis. 
All classes will follow current CDC, state and local guidelines for gathering. Further hygiene protocol will be at the discretion of the teacher.

We look forward to you joining us for a summer of breathing and moving well.  

Teacher-Trainee Refreshers | Introduction to the Alexander Technique | Acting | Movement | Breath & Voice | Musicians | Build Your Practice | Self & Other

See the offerings in a calendar view.

Teacher-Trainee Refreshers 
Caren Bayer, Joan Frost, Nanette Walsh 
Introduction to AT 
Becky Sandler, Serena Venditto, Shelley Senter, Max Rosenak
Acting 
Bill Connington, Shelley Senter, Kevin Munhall, Max Rosenak
Movement 
Caren Bayer, Karla Booth, Emily Faulkner, Peggy Florin, Shelley Senter,  Robin Schiff
Breath & Voice
Jessica Wolf, Max Rosenak
Musicians
Kevin Munhall, Lena Vidulich
Build Your Practice
Bill Connington, Eleanor Taylor 
Self & Other
Peggy Florin, Gayl Foreman, Shelley Senter

Teacher-Trainee Refreshers

Teacher Refresher
with Caren Bayer

“Being the keeper of your own circle you can allow
for the other to build theirs.”
Mantak Chia, Taoist teacher

In this Post Graduate class we will take time to inquire, as well as build on oppositional forces with their dynamic spiral energies from the ground up.

Adding spatial geometry and volume to our thinking, teachers will learn to synchronize more precisely with their students,
releasing into multi-dimensional direction with stability and freedom.

Caren Bayer received her certification from Patrick MacDonald in London in 1984. Since then she has maintained a private practice in New York City as well as leading workshops in Australia, Germany, France, Spain, Japan, England, and Canada. After inheriting Rivka Cohen’s training program, Carenopened Manhattan Center for the Alexander Technique, certifying teachers from 2001-2014. She has been on the faculty of Pacific College for health and medicine and the New School for Social Research. As a former dancer and longtime student of the martial arts, Caren brings 40 years of movement research to her teaching.

Monday, August 2
5:00pm – 6:15pm
$30

Limited to 10 participants. Enrollment ends July 28th, 5pm 

Up From The Knees Down
with Joan Frost

I have found awareness of the functioning of the lower leg, ankle, and foot to be often lacking.  When there are use faults in this area, the whole body and also balance can be affected. In this class we will identify a variety of misuse patterns and explore strategies for addressing these within the Alexander Technique principles.

Joan Frost has been involved in the movement field for over 50 years, earning her B.A. degree in Theater Arts: Dance from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 1975, and her teaching certification from ACAT in 1983. She joined the ACAT faculty in 1984, and served as Director of Teacher Certification from 1994 to 1995, and from 2001 to 2008. Joan has taught the Alexander Technique at The Juilliard School, the Diller Quaille School of Music, Sarah Lawrence College and The New School. Joan maintains a private practice in Stratford, CT, Tappan, NY, and in Manhattan. Joan co-taught with Barbara Kent at the 2004 Oxford International Congress, “The Uncommitted Hand”; taught at AmSAT AGMs in Massachusetts and Illinois, workshops in non-doing in the use of the hands and bringing dance influence into AT teaching. She has been a speaker with The Arthritis Foundation since 2001 in hospitals in the Greater New York area. Joan pursued post graduate studies with Walter Carrington in New York and at his summer course in London; worked with Marjorie Barstow in Washington D.C., Philadelphia, New York City and in Lincoln, NE at residential workshops. Joan had a lesson with Patrick MacDonald; she has worked extensively with Rika Cohen, Nelly Benor, and Misha Magidov, and has had lessons with Elizabeth Walker and John Nicholls.

This class will be limited to 10 participants.

Wednesday, July 21st
2:00pm – 4:30pm
$60

Limited to 10 participants. Enrollment ends July 18th, 2pm.

Working With Counterforce As An Inhibition Tool
with Joan Frost

Customarily we ask our students to follow the cues of our hands. However, once students have a foundation in the principles, it can be fun and useful to change the rules of the game and ask them to give equal and opposite pressure to the teacher’s hand. It requires a tuning and a toning of the system and is inherently inhibition work. We will play with a variety of these methods in both the roles of student and teacher.

This class will be limited to 10 participants.

Wednesday, July 28th
1:30pm – 3:30pm
$50

Limited to 10 participants. Enrollment ends July 26th, 5:00pm.

See Joan’s bio above.

Bringing It All Together
with Nanette Walsh

As we breathe and move! Refresh yourself with the basics.
This workshop is for teachers, trainees, and long time students; it will cover: Wall Work, Going Up on Toes, “Hands on the Back of the Chair” and more.

Class size is limited to 8 participants.

Tuesday, August 10th
1:30pm – 4:00pm
$60 (sliding scale rates available upon registration)

Limited to 8 participants. Enrollment ends August 8th, 1:30pm.

Nanette Walsh, m.AmSAT, MFA, MA Union Theological Seminary, is founder and director of RIAT’s Teacher Certification Program and the Executive Director of Sapientia Initiative (a 501c3 non-profit organization.)

Nan is the author of Unsmudged: An Encounter with Peggy Williams, a First Generation Teacher of the Alexander Technique. She also co-founded Alexander Technique New York City (ATNYC) with John Nicholls and served as co-director and senior faculty; served as Associate Faculty at the American Center for the Alexander Technique (ACAT); served as Faculty at Alexander Technique Workshops, Sweet Briar, Virginia; and the School of Visual Arts (SVA) in NYC.

Nan holds an MA from Union Theological Seminary in Systematic Theology and Psychology, an MFA from The College of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University; and received her AmSAT teacher certification from ACAT followed by extensive post-graduate work with Walter Carrington, Peggy Williams, and Pearl Ausebel. She served on AmSAT’s: Board of Directors in 2009 with an extended tenure as AmSAT Chair until 2011; Professional Conduct Committee (2008); Leadership Advisory Council (2012-2014.) She has been awarded: AmSAT’s Certificate of Merit: 2012; Certificate of Appreciation: 2013 and 2014. She is a long-time practitioner of tai chi and various forms of contemplative meditation. 

Introduction to the Alexander Technique

Everyday Movement for All – Bringing Vitality, Ease and Balance to Your Day to Day Activities
with Becky Sandler

In this four session introductory Alexander Technique class for older adults we will tease apart the common habit of using more tension than necessary when we hold our fork, get up from our chair, bend down to tie our shoes or prepare dinner. We will explore simple tools to help you feel balanced on your feet and easier in your mind and body as you go about your day. 
Each class will begin with moving to music, and include a mindful movement sequence as well as a time for a guided constructive rest, an Alexander Technique practice of lying down that quiets the nervous system and illuminates choices for how to move, breathe and respond to life’s daily challenges.

Wednesdays July 14th – August 4th
10:00am – 11:15am
$80 for the series

Limited to 10 participants. Enrollment ends July 12th, 10am.  

Becky Sandler teaches both private and group Alexander Technique lessons in midtown Manhattan, Dutchess County, NY, and online. She completed her 3-year, 1600 hour teacher certification at Riverside Initiative for the Alexander Technique (RIAT). She has extensive training and experience in education, early childhood yoga, movement, and Tai Chi, and loves sharing the benefits of the Alexander Technique with people of all ages. Becky assisted Emily Faulkner in teaching the Alexander Technique to the blind and visually impaired at The Lighthouse Guild, and is committed to helping older persons and people with less mobility discover greater stability and more comfort, ease and confidence with daily activities.  In addition to her Alexander Technique teacher certification, Becky holds a Masters of Early Childhood Education from Bank Street College of Education and a Masters of Library Science from the University of Missouri. Connect with Becky at myeverydayposture.com.

Doing Differently: AT For Your Everyday
with Serena Venditto

This is an introductory Alexander Technique class for students who are interested in AT but have only had a few lessons (or none at all!) and veteran teachers who want to come back to the beginner’s mind. Enjoy a Saturday afternoon lie down and learn how to apply AT to your everyday life. 

Saturdays July 31st, August 7th & August 14th
1:00pm – 2:00pm
$30 per class or $75 for the series

(Scheduler tip to register for more than one class: Select the first date you’d like, and choose “add time”, it will save the class to the right of the calendar, then select the other dates you’d like until you have all your dates, then choose continue.) 

Limited to 10 participants. Enrollment ends July 24th.

Serena Venditto completed her AmSAT certified training at Riverside Initiative for the Alexander Technique (RIAT) headed by Nanette Walsh and associate directors Lori Schiff & Ariel Carson. Prior to her training at RIAT, Serena earned her Bachelor’s degree in Theatre Performance and Musical Theatre at Rider University. Since then, she has worked plenty of desk jobs in Manhattan and she is excited to share what she has learned about Alexander Technique with many others who are tired of leaving the office in pain from sitting at a desk all day!

Embodying the Text
with Max Rosenak

In this four week course we will use Shakespeare’s sonnets to explore how Alexander Technique principles can help us learn to bring a piece of text to life. Our goal will be to get as close to the original impulse of the writer as possible, and to learn to energize and enliven the words written on the page. Shakespeare’s sonnets will provide us with a springboard from which we can learn to approach any text. Some guiding questions for our work: How can we speak the written word as if it is our own? How can we get as close to the instinctual gut of the writer as possible? Can we speak text with the same attention to rhythm and musicality that a musician brings to a piece of music? This course is for anyone who would like to change their relationship to speaking text aloud, or to gain experience speaking in front of groups. It is appropriate for professional or novice voice users at any level. No experience with Shakespeare is necessary.

August 4th, 11th, 18th & 25th
2:30pm – 4:00pm
$1oo for the series (sliding scale available upon registration)

Limited to 12 participants. Enrollment ends July 28th, 2:30pm.

Max Rosenak is an AmSAT certified teacher of the Alexander Technique, a Patsy Rodenburg Registered Teacher of voice & text (RRT), and a professional actor and director. He received his MFA in acting from A.C.T in San Francisco, and subsequently trained extensively as a voice teacher with Nancy Benjamin, Patsy Rodenburg and Jeffrey Crockett, specializing in Shakespeare. He trained with second generation Alexander teachers Nanette Walsh and Lori Schiff at the Riverside Initiative for the Alexander Technique. He is a founding member of the living wage Seattle-based theater collective, The Williams Project, and has appeared in film, tv and in theaters nationwide. He has directed plays for NYU, The Atlantic Conservatory and the 52nd Street Project. Max has consulted with GoldJam Collective in NYC, and for DiamondMind in Chicago. He has taught voice & text at NYU, The American Conservatory of Dramatic Arts, The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts, Anthony Meindl’s Actor Workshop (AMAW), Drew University, The American Conservatory Theater’s Young Conservatory, The Only Theatre Summer Institute and more.

Trusting Your Body, Trusting Your Self
with Shelley Senter

Trusting one’s self: A workshop for thinkers, movers and other human beings. 

This class is about simplicity, language, control, paradox, the use of the eyes and kinesthetic listening as a tangible tool for negotiating uncertainty and regenerating trust in our selves.

This is a hybrid class, it will run simultaneously in-person and on Zoom.

In-Person Class
Thursday, August 12th,
12:00pm – 2:00pm,
$60
Limited to 12 participants. Enrollment ends August 10th, 12pm.

Zoom Class
Thursday, August 12th,
12:00pm – 2:00pm,
$40

Enrollment ends August 10th, 12pm.

Shelley Senter has been a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique since 1994 (ACAT) and is an independent dance artist whose work has been presented throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia,Australia and Russia. She has been critically recognized and awarded for her distinct approach to movement, performance and pedagogy, investigating the application of the principles of the Alexander Technique to the performing body and mind and collaborating with distinguished artists from diverse disciplines for nearly thirty years. Her practice is rooted in the investigation of movement, the consciousness of kinesthetic experience, and the participation of the self in its continuous reorganization in time, space and imagination. Her interest as a dancer lies in improvisation, collaboration and experimentalism, and in the coordination or layering of simple and non-virtuous movement to create a virtuosic complexity. Current research includes embodied memory, the permanence of ephemeral experience, as well as conscious ‘seeing’.  Senter teaches internationally and has a private practice in New York City.

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Acting

See also our “Breath and Voice” classes, listed below, for additional Acting classes!

Acting and the Alexander Technique
with Bill Connington

F.M. Alexander was an actor. The Alexander Technique has had a close connection with actors, singers, dancers and public speakers since the 1890s. Join Bill for this special acting class on how to apply the Alexander Technique to performance. Bill takes a gentle, inclusive approach. The class is open to performers of all kinds, and Alexander teachers – all are welcome. We will explore how freeing the psycho-physical self can open the breath, the body, the voice, and the creative impulse. www.billconnington.com

July 15th, 22nd, 29th & August 5th
1:00pm – 2:30pm
$95 for the series of 4, $72 for last three in series.

Above series has fully enrolled.

EXTENDED CLASSES:
August 12th, 19th: Thursdays, 3-4:30pm

Limited to 10 participants.
$45 for two classes, $23 for one class.
Enrollment ends Tuesday, August 10th.

Bill Connington is an actor and filmmaker. His films include “Love, Repeat,” and the upcoming psychological horror film, “Poughkeepsie is for Lovers.” He teaches Alexander Technique at Yale School of Drama, and in private practice. He is the author of “Introduction to the Alexander Technique” (Methuen/Bloomsbury). 

A Fresh Start – The Alexander Technique for Performers
with Kevin Munhall

As we begin to get back to auditions, self-tapes and productions, this class offers the Alexander Technique as a framework to help you choose a new path forward. We’ll explore how fear, nerves, and stress impact our performance, and you’ll learn a mindfulness method for noticing habits and releasing excess tension that inevitably creeps into our work.  lt will be a playful and restorative class that requires no previous experience. Come learn why The Alexander Technique is fundamental to the training at top acting, music and dance programs like Juilliard and Yale.

August 2nd, 9th, 16th & 23rd
7:00pm – 8:30pm
$125 for the series

Limited to 12 participants. Enrollment ends July 31st, 7pm.

(Scheduler tip to register for more than one class: Select the first date you’d like, and choose “add time”, it will save the class to the right of the calendar, then select the other dates you’d like until you have all your dates, then choose continue.) 

Kevin Munhall is an AmSAT Certified Alexander Technique Teacher who completed his three-year training with second generation teachers Nanette Walsh and Lori Schiff at the Riverside Initiative for the Alexander Technique. He has brought Alexander Technique Workshops to places such as TouchCare Health, The Woodhall School, Dvora Properties, & Bwè Kafe. You can find out more at habitdisruption.com. You can also check out his eCourse Desk Dynamics: Alignment and Awareness Training for a Pain-Free Workday at painfreeworkday.com.As a performer, he has been seen on Broadway in Tootsie, Anastasia, Allegiance, and Anything Goes among many other TV and stage projects in New York City and across the country. As a theatre educator he has taught workshops for UT Austin, Sam Houston State University, The Levine School of Music & The Broadway Collective. He has a BFA in Musical Theatre from The University of Michigan. 

Embodying the Text
with Max Rosenak

In this four week course we will use Shakespeare’s sonnets to explore how Alexander Technique principles can help us learn to bring a piece of text to life. Our goal will be to get as close to the original impulse of the writer as possible, and to learn to energize and enliven the words written on the page. Shakespeare’s sonnets will provide us with a springboard from which we can learn to approach any text. Some guiding questions for our work: How can we speak the written word as if it is our own? How can we get as close to the instinctual gut of the writer as possible? Can we speak text with the same attention to rhythm and musicality that a musician brings to a piece of music? This course is for anyone who would like to change their relationship to speaking text aloud, or to gain experience speaking in front of groups. It is appropriate for professional or novice voice users at any level. No experience with Shakespeare is necessary.

August 4th, 11th, 18th & 25th
2:30pm – 4:00pm
$1oo for the series (sliding scale available upon registration)

Limited to 12 participants. Enrollment ends July 28th, 2:30pm.

See below for Max’s “Breathe and Voice” class as well. No acting experience required but great for actors!

Max Rosenak is an AmSAT certified teacher of the Alexander Technique, a Patsy Rodenburg Registered Teacher of voice & text (RRT), and a professional actor and director. He received his MFA in acting from A.C.T in San Francisco, and subsequently trained extensively as a voice teacher with Nancy Benjamin, Patsy Rodenburg and Jeffrey Crockett, specializing in Shakespeare. He trained with second generation Alexander teachers Nanette Walsh and Lori Schiff at the Riverside Initiative for the Alexander Technique. He is a founding member of the living wage Seattle-based theater collective, The Williams Project, and has appeared in film, tv and in theaters nationwide. He has directed plays for NYU, The Atlantic Conservatory and the 52nd Street Project. Max has consulted with GoldJam Collective in NYC, and for DiamondMind in Chicago. He has taught voice & text at NYU, The American Conservatory of Dramatic Arts, The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts, Anthony Meindl’s Actor Workshop (AMAW), Drew University, The American Conservatory Theater’s Young Conservatory, The Only Theatre Summer Institute and more.

Trusting Your Body, Trusting Your Self
with Shelley Senter

Trusting one’s self: A workshop for thinkers, movers and other human beings. 

This class is about simplicity, language, control, paradox, the use of the eyes and kinesthetic listening as a tangible tool for negotiating uncertainty and regenerating trust in our selves.

This is a hybrid class, it will run simultaneously in-person and on Zoom.

In-Person Class
Thursday, August 12th,
12:00pm – 2:00pm,
$60

Limited to 12 participants. Enrollment ends August 10th, 12pm.

Zoom Class
Thursday, August 12th,
12:00pm – 2:00pm,
$40

Enrollment ends August 10th, 12pm.

Shelley Senter has been a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique since 1994 (ACAT) and is an independent dance artist whose work has been presented throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia,Australia and Russia. She has been critically recognized and awarded for her distinct approach to movement, performance and pedagogy, investigating the application of the principles of the Alexander Technique to the performing body and mind and collaborating with distinguished artists from diverse disciplines for nearly thirty years. Her practice is rooted in the investigation of movement, the consciousness of kinesthetic experience, and the participation of the self in its continuous reorganization in time, space and imagination. Her interest as a dancer lies in improvisation, collaboration and experimentalism, and in the coordination or layering of simple and non-virtuous movement to create a virtuosic complexity. Current research includes embodied memory, the permanence of ephemeral experience, as well as conscious ‘seeing’.  Senter teaches internationally and has a private practice in New York City.

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Movement

Tai Chi and the Alexander Technique
with Caren Bayer

In this three- week workshop, we will explore the relationship between Tai Chi and the Alexander Technique. Each week we will build on circularity and volume in movement, learning to rotate around a stabilized axis, while maintaining precise directions. As we anchor and free our chi, we will then transfer this into our walking and chair work for greater clarity in our teaching.

See Caren’s bio above.

July 20th, 27th & August 3rd
4:00pm – 5:15pm
$35 per class or $90 for the series

Limited to 10 participants. Enrollment ends 48 hours before each class.

(Scheduler tip to register for more than one class: Select the first date you’d like, and choose “add time”, it will save the class to the right of the calendar, then select the other dates you’d like until you have all your dates, then choose continue.) 

Diamond-Dart Meridian Sequence
with Karla Booth

Diamond-Dart Meridian Sequence -This profound movement meditation is based on the developmental and evolutionary postures devised by the renowned anatomist and anthropologist Raymond Dart, M.D.  In this sequence developed by Dr. John Diamond in the late 70’s we see the beautiful relationship between the postures and the Acupuncture Meridian System.  Each of the selected postures actuates a specific Meridian and all that relates to it both physically, emotionally and spiritually.  When practiced over time the sequence helps reverse the twists and distortions in the body that develop as a result of uncorrected birthing trauma and poor body usage.  As a poetic movement meditation the sequence helps balance the brain and raises the Life Energy or Chi of the individual.  

July 22nd, July 29th, August 5th & August 12th On Zoom
10:00am-11:30am
$120 for 4 sessions

Enrollment end July 20th, 10am

Karla Booth, M.AmSAT,  is a senior teacher of the Alexander Technique graduating from ACTA in 1990. She is also a dancer, choreographer, yoga teacher and one of the few people trained to teach the DDMS.  She has studied extensively with Dr. Diamond from 1984 working with both the DDMS and Dr. Diamond’s other physical procedures as well as many years developing programs using community outreach with music and art.  

Restorative Yoga — Resting Deeply, Breathing Freely
with Karla Booth

This deeply relaxing and comforting yoga practice uses supported postures on the floor to allow the body to unwind and release tension – returning us to a state of ease.  The class will begin with a gentle movement section before moving into resting postures where Karla’s guidance and direction will facilitate the awareness and release of tension so that we can experience what it truly means to rest.  No experience is necessary. 

This class will be limited to 10 participants.

Saturday, July 24th
11:00am – 12:15pm
$30

Limited to 10 participants. Enrollment ends July 22, 11am.

Karla Booth, M.AmSAT is a senior teacher of the Alexander Technique and certified Yoga Instructor specializing in Gentle and Restorative Yoga designed to calm the nervous system and restore ease and breath.  

Alexander Technique and Improvisation: Letting the Dance Dance You
with Emily Faulkner

How do we take the calm, balanced, focused attention that we find in the
Alexander Technique and bring that into movement? By freely exploring our movement options while applying the Alexander principles, we find ourselves moving in new and delightful ways. Actively engaging in making movement choices that we find pleasurable and interesting becomes it’s own discipline. When combined with the classic Alexander directions, we discover a powerful method of finding our own, fluidity, balance, beauty and strength. Not to mention it’s just a lot of fun!
We begin slowly with a guided lie down that morphs into gentle rolling on the ground. From there, we explore our way into sitting, crawling, standing, jumping, running, whatever you find interesting!
This will be fun whether or not you’ve studied the Alexander Technique, and whether or not you consider yourself a dancer. All you need is a relatively open mind!

Sunday, July 18th, 25th & August 1st on Zoom
12:00pm – 1:15pm
$15 per class or $36 for the series

Enrollment ends 48hrs prior to class.

(Scheduler tip to register for more than one class: Select the first date you’d like, and choose “add time”, it will save the class to the right of the calendar, then select the other dates you’d like until you have all your dates, then choose continue.) 

Emily Faulkner has been an AmSAT certified teacher of the Alexander Technique since 1999 after graduating from the American Center for the Alexander Technique in New York City. Faulkner is a faculty member at Movement Research, where her field of specialty is the application of the Alexander Technique to improvisation, and she is an adjunct faculty member at Riverside Initiative Alexander Technique, an Alexander training program in New York City, where she teaches an experiential neuroscience class. Coming from a dance background, she has danced with a coterie of downtown choreographers and presented her own work nationally and internationally through Emily Faulkner Dance. Faulkner has expanded the usual reach of the Alexander Technique, and works part time in the pain management department at the Brooklyn Veterans Administration where she teaches AT to military veterans. She spent several years acting as a movement coach for Steady Buckets, a free youth basketball league. In addition, Faulkner teaches a yearly workshop in interview and presentation skills at the Dauphine University in Paris and for the English speaking debate Club at Jussieu University in Paris. She has served as an artistic guest teacher at Wesleyan University. Faulkner loves to ski and worked extensively with Erik Bendix and “Ease on Skis.” She is a self-proclaimed movement junkie.

Ballet Barre from an AT Perspective
with Peggy Florin

Ballet is often thought of as a series of positions, a precise balancing of the architecture of the skeleton. Seen from an AT lens, these places of still balance are moments of dynamic opposition, infused with possibility for movement. Let’s practice a simple ballet barre with a mind to how the transmission of weight through the skeleton invites resilience through the muscles; to how the flow of timing regulates the flow of each movement, it’s beginning, its middle, its end…to begin again.

Let’s investigate the challenge of moving as we are, alive, multi-dimensional people! Can we use our AT thinking as an invitation to the pleasure of flow, to clarity of line and especially the freedom to move using our whole selves?

Hands-on/In-person: Tuesdays, July 27th & August 1oth
11:00am – 12:15pm
$25 per class or $80 for the series
Limited to 10 participants. Enrollment ends 24 hours before each class.

Zoom: Tuesdays, August 3rd & August 17th
11:00am – 12:15pm
$20

Hands-on/In-person: Tuesdays, July 27th & August 1oth
11:00am – 12:15pm
$25

Enrollment ends 24 hours before each class.

(Scheduler tip to register for more than one class: Select the first date you’d like, and choose “add time”, it will save the class to the right of the calendar, then select the other dates you’d like until you have all your dates, then choose continue.) 

Peggy Florin, MFA, m.AmSAT (1989) Bennington College, completed her AmSAT-certified training( 2014) at the Manhattan Center for the Alexander Technique under the direction of Caren Bayer. Peggy has been a dancer, choreographer and teacher for many years. Her initial Alexander studies began in the late ‘80‘s, with Kate Judd, and later with Alex Farkas, Giora Pinkas, Eva Karczag and Nanette Walsh. After receiving an MFA in Dance she was appointed to the dance faculty at Bennington College where she taught for twenty years. She then became an Associate Professor of Dance at Bard College, where she teaches ballet, modern dance and the Alexander Technique. In her private Alexander practice, Peggy integrates her years of study of anatomy & movement to awaken and facilitate grounding, ease and expansiveness in her students.

Anatomy Moves — Cultivating Flow
with Peggy Florin

What are “anatomical pointers” that help lead us into movement with clarity and direction? They are beautiful and there are many to consider…..

In this class we will explore points of transition, places in our anatomy that suggest direction and flow. Points of interest and attention will include, but not be limited to: the Dens of the second cervical vertebra,, the Tailbone or Coccyx and the Xiphoid process of the sternum. We will test our thinking, following pointers of direction into movement, cultivating flow, opposition and integrity in ourselves as movers.

Each class will include a lie-down, imagery and movement explorations.

Mondays, July 26th & August 9th
1:00pm – 2:15pm
$25 per class or $45 for both classes

Limited to 10 participants. Enrollment ends 24 hours before each class.

(Scheduler tip to register for more than one class: Select the first date you’d like, and choose “add time”, it will save the class to the right of the calendar, then select the other dates you’d like until you have all your dates, then choose continue.) 

Peggy Florin, MFA, m.AmSAT (1989) Bennington College, completed her AmSAT-certified training (2014) at the Manhattan Center for the Alexander Technique under the direction of Caren Bayer. Peggy has been a dancer, choreographer and teacher for many years. Her initial Alexander studies began in the late ‘80‘s, with Kate Judd, and later with Alex Farkas, Giora Pinkas, Eva Karczag and Nanette Walsh. After receiving an MFA in Dance she was appointed to the dance faculty at Bennington College where she taught for twenty years. She then became an Associate Professor of Dance at Bard College, where she teaches ballet, modern dance and the Alexander Technique. In her private Alexander practice, Peggy integrates her years of study of anatomy & movement to awaken and facilitate grounding, ease and expansiveness in her students.

Trusting Your Body, Trusting Your Self
with Shelley Senter

Trusting one’s self: A workshop for thinkers, movers and other human beings. 

This class is about simplicity, language, control, paradox, the use of the eyes and kinesthetic listening as a tangible tool for negotiating uncertainty and regenerating trust in our selves.

This is a hybrid class, it will run simultaneously in-person and on Zoom.

In-Person Class
Thursday, August 12th, 12:00pm – 2:00pm, $60

Limited to 12 participants. Enrollment ends August 10th, 2pm.

Zoom Class
Thursday, August 12th,
12:00pm – 2:00pm,
$40

Enrollment ends August 10th, 2pm.

Shelley Senter has been a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique since 1994 (ACAT) and is an independent dance artist whose work has been presented throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia,Australia and Russia. She has been critically recognized and awarded for her distinct approach to movement, performance and pedagogy, investigating the application of the principles of the Alexander Technique to the performing body and mind and collaborating with distinguished artists from diverse disciplines for nearly thirty years. Her practice is rooted in the investigation of movement, the consciousness of kinesthetic experience, and the participation of the self in its continuous reorganization in time, space and imagination. Her interest as a dancer lies in improvisation, collaboration and experimentalism, and in the coordination or layering of simple and non-virtuous movement to create a virtuosic complexity. Current research includes embodied memory, the permanence of ephemeral experience, as well as conscious ‘seeing’.  Senter teaches internationally and has a private practice in New York City.

The Alexander Technique & Pilates
with Robin Schiff

We’ll stay true to the Alexander Technique while playing with Pilates based fundamentals as a vehicle for encouraging healthy movement patterns. All levels of experience are welcome and alternative movements will be offered throughout. The series will run with 4 people registered by July 11. It is limited to 8 participants. Current health guidelines will be followed.

Tuesdays, July 13th, 20th & 27th
12:30pm – 2:00pm
$90 for the series

Limited to 8 participants. Enrollment ends July 11, 12:30pm.

Robin Schiff has been teaching the Alexander Technique for over 30 years and Pilates for the last 18. She developed and taught both subjects for the Brooklyn College Department of Kinesiology, where she worked with faculty and students for 17 years. She was previously on the faculty at Mannes Conservatory and taught at AmSAT meetings in San Francisco, Boston and New York, several Alexander trainings, and special populations throughout NYC. While Robin continues to teach and love pure Alexander lessons, it’s her mild cerebral palsy and early experience as a music therapist which led her to combine Pilates with the Alexander Technique. Currently Robin is on the faculty at RIAT and maintains a lively private practice in both Brooklyn and Manhattan.

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Breath & Voice

The Art of Breathing
with Jessica Wolf

As we re-engage the world during this time of enormous transition, breath is indispensable.  We observe our own psychophysical tension and stress responses. The path towards healing uses oxygen and movement. In this workshop, we use Art of Breathing principles and procedures to develop our proprioception to connect mind and body. We rediscover the fluidity of breath: how to breathe with minimum effort and maximum efficiency. The breath soothes. 

This workshop is open to Alexander Technique teachers, trainees and folx in the performing arts. Class size is limited. 

Monday. July 19th
4:30pm – 6:30pm
$30

Limited to 12 participants. Enrollment ends July 16th 4:30pm.

Jessica Wolf, AmSAT, has been teaching the Alexander Technique for more than 40 years and is currently a Professor in the Practice of Acting at Yale School of Drama, where she established the Alexander Training curriculum in 1998. 

Jessica founded Jessica Wolf’s Art of Breathing, and offers a certification training course for AT teachers. She created the first three-dimensional animation of the respiratory system and is a frequently published author. Other faculty appointments include the Aspen Music Festival, The Juilliard School, SUNY Purchase, Circle in the Square Theater School, and the Verbier Music Festival. 

Jessica is the chair of the Judith Leibowitz Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarship assistance for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color to train as Alexander Technique teachers. She maintains a private teaching practice in New York City and works with performers on and off-Broadway and in film and television. Jessica travels extensively, giving workshops internationally to healthcare providers and executive leaders.

Embodied Breath & Voice
with Max Rosenak

Cultivate your dynamic and powerful breath and voice using the principles of the Alexander Technique. In this four week class we will embark on an investigatory process, working with the underlying principle that the breath, voice, mind and body are an interconnected whole, and that the voice works best when we have come into a more coordinated and balanced pattern of tension through the breath and body. Exercises will help you learn to unlock the natural coordination and flexibility of your breath, and then connect it organically to your resonant voice. All are welcome. This class will meet you where you are in your vocal journey, and is appropriate for voice users at any level.

Wednesdays
August 4th, 11th, 18th & 25th
4:30pm – 6:00pm
$100 for the series (sliding scale available upon registration)

Limited to 10 participants. Enrollment ends July 28th, 4:30pm.

Max Rosenak is an AmSAT certified teacher of the Alexander Technique, a Patsy Rodenburg Registered Teacher of voice & text (RRT), and a professional actor and director. He received his MFA in acting from A.C.T in San Francisco, and subsequently trained extensively as a voice teacher with Nancy Benjamin, Patsy Rodenburg and Jeffrey Crockett, specializing in Shakespeare. He trained with second generation Alexander teachers Nanette Walsh and Lori Schiff at the Riverside Initiative for the Alexander Technique. He is a founding member of the living wage Seattle-based theater collective, The Williams Project, and has appeared in film, tv and in theaters nationwide. He has directed plays for NYU, The Atlantic Conservatory and the 52nd Street Project. Max has consulted with GoldJam Collective in NYC, and for DiamondMind in Chicago. He has taught voice & text at NYU, The American Conservatory of Dramatic Arts, The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts, Anthony Meindl’s Actor Workshop (AMAW), Drew University, The American Conservatory Theater’s Young Conservatory, The Only Theatre Summer Institute and more.

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Musicians

A Fresh Start – The Alexander Technique for Performers
with Kevin Munhall

As we begin to get back to auditions, self-tapes and productions, this class offers the Alexander Technique as a framework to help you choose a new path forward. We’ll explore how fear, nerves, and stress impact our performance, and you’ll learn a mindfulness method for noticing habits and releasing excess tension that inevitably creeps into our work.  lt will be a playful and restorative class that requires no previous experience. Come learn why The Alexander Technique is fundamental to the training at top acting, music and dance programs like Juilliard and Yale.

August 2nd, 9th, 16th & 23rd
7:00pm – 8:30pm
$125 for the series

Limited to 12 participants. Enrollment ends July 31st, 7pm.

(Scheduler tip to register for more than one class: Select the first date you’d like, and choose “add time”, it will save the class to the right of the calendar, then select the other dates you’d like until you have all your dates, then choose continue.) 

Kevin Munhall is an AmSAT Certified Alexander Technique Teacher who completed his three-year training with second generation teachers Nanette Walsh and Lori Schiff at the Riverside Initiative for the Alexander Technique. He has brought Alexander Technique Workshops to places such as TouchCare Health, The Woodhall School, Dvora Properties, & Bwè Kafe. You can find out more at habitdisruption.com. You can also check out his eCourse Desk Dynamics: Alignment and Awareness Training for a Pain-Free Workday at painfreeworkday.com.As a performer, he has been seen on Broadway in Tootsie, Anastasia, Allegiance, and Anything Goes among many other TV and stage projects in New York City and across the country. As a theatre educator he has taught workshops for UT Austin, Sam Houston State University, The Levine School of Music & The Broadway Collective. He has a BFA in Musical Theatre from The University of Michigan. 

Performing with Ease: From the Practice Room to the Stage
with Lena Vidulich

Class size limited to 8 participants.

Explore ways to bring ease and clarity into your practicing and performing. Learn to improve your coordination, breathe easier, and manage tension and performance anxiety. Open to all instrumentalists/vocalists and ranges of experience with AT. All are encouraged to bring instruments to sessions.

This workshop will be 4 Monday classes, 90 minutes.

August 2nd
2:30pm-4:00pm
August 9th, August 16th, August 23rd
4:30pm-6:00pm

$80 for the series.

Limited to 8 participants. Enrollment ends July 31st, 2:30pm.

Lena Vidulich is a musician and AmSAT-Certified Alexander Technique teacher. She completed her three-year training with Nanette Walsh and Lori Schiff at the Riverside Initiative for the Alexander Technique. Additionally, Lena is a violinist and violist performing across the country with groups such as Quartet121, earspace, Talea Ensemble, and the Louis Moreau Institute. She earned her BM from Northwestern University and MM from Manhattan School of Music.

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Build Your Practice

Building Your Alexander Practice: A Mission-Based Approach
with Bill Connington

This class is for Alexander trainees, new teachers, as well as established teachers in the field. We will take a mission-based approach: defining for oneself what an ideal practice might look like. Using writing exercises, discussion, and a psycho-physical approach, the participants will craft personal mission statements. Business theories on private practice and group work will be explored, as well as lecture-demos, workshops, multiple income streams, websites, blogs, social media, and virtual newsletters. The focus will be on the individual, and supporting the individual in a personal business development plan. www.billconnington.com

Thursdays, July 15th, 22nd, 29th & August 5th
3:00pm – 4:00pm
$90 for the series

Limited to 12 participants. Enrollment ends July 13th, 3pm.

Bill Connington is an actor and filmmaker. His films include “Love, Repeat,” and the upcoming psychological horror film, “Poughkeepsie is for Lovers.” He teaches Alexander Technique at Yale School of Drama, and in private practice. He is the author of “Introduction to the Alexander Technique” (Methuen/Bloomsbury). 

Teachers’ Professional Development Lab:  Getting Started As An Alexander Teacher
with Eleanor Taylor

For Teacher-Trainees and AmSAT-certified Alexander Teachers – Limited Enrollment 

Many emerging teachers finish training and move into unknown territory: where do I begin in order to develop a teaching practice? How do I find and retain students? How can I make the most efficient professional efforts to get the most return?

This online Teachers’ Lab will focus on “getting started” for trainees and recent grad teachers to learn and explore strategies tailored to our industry, and to develop your own unique plan for your professional life as an Alexander teacher. The lab is limited to 5 for individual attention and feedback.

Class topics include:

  • The Business of Teaching – Best Professional Practices for Alexander Teachers
  • A Means-Whereby for Building your Teaching Studio
  • Your “Portfolio Career” – Expanding Teaching Opportunities
  • The First Lesson & Beyond – Retaining Students
  • New Frontiers: Teaching to Meet 2021 Issues

Wednesdays, July 14th, 21th, August 4th & 11th on Zoom
12:00pm – 1:30pm
$175 for four small group labs. 

Limited to 5 participants. Enrollment ends July 12th, 12pm.

Eleanor Taylor is an AmSAT-certified Alexander Technique teacher. She has served on the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music, the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and the Riverside Initiative for the Alexander Technique, and in summer 2021 will be guest faculty for Respiro Opera and the One Voice Centre Intensive programs. She maintains a private teaching studio at Union Square, Manhattan, where she specializes in working with actors and singers to improve performance, prevent injury and reduce anxiety using AT, and offers ongoing small group classes for performers.  During the pandemic, she has taught several “Teachers’ Lab” workshop series for AmSAT-certified teachers interested in developing their businesses as Alexander teachers.  She completed her teacher certification at ATNYC in 2014, has trained in Jessica Wolf’s Art of Breathing and Betsy Polatin’s The Actor’s Secret methods, and holds B.M. and M.M. degrees in vocal performance from New England Conservatory and the University of Minnesota. Eleanor has led Alexander Technique masterclasses for the University of Michigan Musical Theatre program, University of Illinois-Chicago Theatre program, National Opera Association’s Eastern Regional Conference, Music Educators Association of NYC/United Federation of Teachers, the Freedom to Act and Freedom to Make Music Conferences, the Classical Singer Convention and Brooklyn Opera Works’ Summer Vocal Arts Institute. www.eleanortaylorAT.com

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Self & Other

Trusting Your Body, Trusting Your Self
with Shelley Senter

Trusting one’s self: A workshop for thinkers, movers and other human beings. 

This class is about simplicity, language, control, paradox, the use of the eyes and kinesthetic listening as a tangible tool for negotiating uncertainty and regenerating trust in our selves.

This is a hybrid class, it will run simultaneously in-person and on Zoom.

In-Person Class
Thursday, August 12th
12:00pm – 2:00pm,
$60

Limited to 12 participants. Enrollment ends August 10th, 12pm.

Zoom Class
Thursday, August 12th
12:00pm – 2:00pm
$40

Enrollment ends August 10th, 12pm.

Shelley Senter has been a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique since 1994 (ACAT) and is an independent dance artist whose work has been presented throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia,Australia and Russia. She has been critically recognized and awarded for her distinct approach to movement, performance and pedagogy, investigating the application of the principles of the Alexander Technique to the performing body and mind and collaborating with distinguished artists from diverse disciplines for nearly thirty years. Her practice is rooted in the investigation of movement, the consciousness of kinesthetic experience, and the participation of the self in its continuous reorganization in time, space and imagination. Her interest as a dancer lies in improvisation, collaboration and experimentalism, and in the coordination or layering of simple and non-virtuous movement to create a virtuosic complexity. Current research includes embodied memory, the permanence of ephemeral experience, as well as conscious ‘seeing’.  Senter teaches internationally and has a private practice in New York City.

Why Rush?
with Gayl Forman

This class will explore how “inhibition” (pausing before responding) opens the door to welcome freedom of choice in movement and behavior. Guided “lie-downs,” Alexander Technique hands-on “turns” and inhibition games will facilitate our play.

Thursdays, July15, 22, 29 & August 5th
4:30pm – 6:00pm
$27 per classs
20% off for series!

Limited to 10 participants. Enrollment ends 72 hours before each class.

(Scheduler tip to register for more than one class: Select the first date you’d like, and choose “add time”, it will save the class to the right of the calendar, then select the other dates you’d like until you have all your dates, then choose continue.) 

Gayl Forman, m.AmSAT. Assistant teacher to Rebecca Tuffey and taught  summer Zoom Alexander Technique introduction and application class series at RIAT, gave “live” Introduction to the Alexander Technique lecture-demonstration at Gilda’s Club, NYC. Gayl completed the Alexander Technique Teacher Training program at RIAT, her training having begun at Balance Arts Center before it was interrupted by stage 4 colon cancer. Early study of the Alexander Technique began with Kitty Wielopolska, a first generation teacher, Missy Vineyard and Lydia Yohay, the latter with whom study continued over decades including many hours of teacher training. Dance background: Certified Simonson Jazz Dance Teacher, substitute taught beginners at Dance New Amsterdam, taught preschoolers dance at the Columbus Park West Nursery and assisted Ellen Robbins children’s choreography class. Member of the Diane Jacobowitz Dance Theatre company. Worked with Anna Sokolow, Nancy Topf and Simone Forti. Studied choreography with Anna Sokolow. Dance major at SUNY, Purchase. As a child, studied Ballet, Modern, Duncan and Folk. Private practice, lessons scheduled by appointment: 917-952-9125; gaylforman54@gmail.comHttps://attunewithgaylforman.com/

Anatomy Moves — Cultivating Flow
with Peggy Florin

What are “anatomical pointers” that help lead us into movement with clarity and direction? They are beautiful and there are many to consider…..

In this class we will explore points of transition, places in our anatomy that suggest direction and flow. Points of interest and attention will include, but not be limited to: the Dens of the second cervical vertebra,, the Tailbone or Coccyx and the Xiphoid process of the sternum. We will test our thinking, following pointers of direction into movement, cultivating flow, opposition and integrity in ourselves as movers.

Each class will include a lie-down, imagery and movement explorations.

Mondays July 26th & August 9th
1:00pm – 2:00pm

Limited to 7 participants. Enrollment ends 72 hours before each class.

(Scheduler tip to register for more than one class: Select the first date you’d like, and choose “add time”, it will save the class to the right of the calendar, then select the other dates you’d like until you have all your dates, then choose continue.) 

Peggy Florin, MFA, m.AmSAT (1989) Bennington College, completed her AmSAT-certified training (2014) at the Manhattan Center for the Alexander Technique under the direction of Caren Bayer. Peggy has been a dancer, choreographer and teacher for many years. Her initial Alexander studies began in the late ‘80‘s, with Kate Judd, and later with Alex Farkas, Giora Pinkas, Eva Karczag and Nanette Walsh. After receiving an MFA in Dance she was appointed to the dance faculty at Bennington College where she taught for twenty years. She then became an Associate Professor of Dance at Bard College, where she teaches ballet, modern dance and the Alexander Technique. In her private Alexander practice, Peggy integrates her years of study of anatomy & movement to awaken and facilitate grounding, ease and expansiveness in her students.

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