Affiliates

Riverside Initiative’s Affiliate Faculty

 Gayl Forman | Vincent Lebrun | Lindsay Newitter | Adele NickelShelley Senter | Becky Sandler

We are honored to have a list of teachers affiliated with the course who offer their expertise in one or more of a variety of capacities:

  • offering supervision to third-year trainees in their practice teaching.
  • offering private or small group lessons to trainees.
  • offering classes in the area of their expertise on occasion.
  • offering their time as substitutes for regular faculty members and/or as volunteer teachers.

Dana Calvey has been teaching the Alexander Technique for 12 years, teaching and presenting both nationally and internationally.  Dana’s greatest work value is facilitating students’ experiences to bravely uncover deep layers of themselves. She uses the Alexander Technique principles to shine a light on the endless possibilities within; to unleash creativity, open into more humanity and deepen a sense of person-hood.  Teaching highlights include masterclasses (Yale School of Sacred Music, NJ Shakespeare, Stony Brook University,) and retreats (Florida, Ohio, and California). In NYC, she’s delighted to be teaching at The Barrow Group, The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, as well as her own private practice.  She teaches at Interlochen School for the Arts Summer Program in Interlochen, Michigan. Her greatest goal is to facilitate the proliferation of Alexander’s discovery in her lifetime.  Dana is a member of both ATI and AmSAT.

Emily Faulkner has been an AmSAT certified teacher of the Alexander Technique since 1999, having received her training at 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.  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 practice by working with blind and visually impaired students at the Lighthouse Guild and by working as the movement coach for Steady Buckets, a free youth basketball league which attracts racially and economically diverse kids and teens from all over the New York City.   Faulkner also teaches a yearly workshop in interview and presentation skills at the Dauphine University in Paris and for the English speaking debate Club at the Jussieu University.  She has served as an artistic visiting teacher at Wesleyan University.  And finally, she loves to ski! www.emilyfaulkner.com

Allison Foley completed her AmSAT certified training in 1997 at the American Center for the Alexander Technique (ACAT) in NYC. Fortunate to have visited London in 1999, she had lessons with Walter Carrington, Marjorie Barlow, and Peggy Williams. In 2004, she returned to attend Carrington’s summer refresher course. She was a faculty member of Barnard College for 10 years where she originated the Alexander Technique program in the Physical Education department. She has taught at the 92nd Street Y, Manhattan School of Music, Movement Research, Mindful Harlem, the July Program at Bennington College, and Hunter College. Allison came to the technique as a dancer/choreographer seeking ease and integrity. Her early lessons were with June Ekman, Eva Karczag, and Remy Charlip. The newfound creativity and freedom she experienced led to a long period of experimental dance-making and performing. Since training, she has been teaching on the Upper West Side of Manhattan and raising her son Walter. www.allisonfoley.net

Gayl Forman, m.AmSAT. Introduced the technique to members at Gilda’s Club, NYC. 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 and Missy Vineyard and continued with Lydia Yohay over many decades. Dance background: 2005, attained the Simonson Jazz Dance Teacher certification and substitute taught beginners at Dance New Amsterdam. 1999, taught dance at the Columbus Park West Nursery. 1998, Assistant to Ellen Robbins, choreography class for 9 year olds.1986 became a member of the Diane Jacobowitz Dance Theatre company. Worked with Anna Sokolow, Nancy Topf and Simone Forti. Dance major at SUNY, Purchase. As a child, studied Ballet, Modern, Duncan and Folk with performances in television and outdoor settings. Private practice, lessons scheduled by appointment: 917-952-9125; gaylforman54@gmail.com.

Vincent Lebrun, a native of Brussels, Belgium, is an AmSAT certified Alexander Technique teacher. He graduated from his training with Nanette Walsh and John Nicholls at ATNYC in April 2013. Vincent, along with his partner, Kristin Mozeiko, teaches in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn. Vincent is also a singer, songwriter, and a multi-instrumentalist. He is a Reiki practitioner, and he conducts individual and group sound healing sessions and meditations. After years of studying and practicing non-dualism and metaphysics, he very enthusiastically discovered that a lot of the spiritual principles he has been practicing for years can be applied to the Alexander Technique. www.AlexanderTechniqueBrooklyn.com

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 since started Habit Disruption where he teaches the technique in Hoboken, NJ as well as online to groups and organizations and corporations. Additionally, he is an actor and dancer 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. He has a BFA in Musical Theatre from The University of Michigan.  Find him online at www.HabitDisruption.com or IG @habitdisruption.

Lindsay Newitter, has studied the Alexander Technique since 1999 and completed her Lindsay Newitterthree-year Alexander Technique teacher training at ATNYC in 2007. She teaches private lessons and small group classes in mid-town Manhattan.  She has taught Alexander Technique as a faculty member at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts as well as offered workshops as a guest teacher at the Fordham University Drama Department.  She has served as a production rehearsal coach and co-teaches Free Your Body, Free Your Voice with a Linklater Method voice teacher. Lindsay earned her BFA in Drama from New York University in 2001.  An active member of AmSAT (The American Society for the Alexander Technique), Lindsay has been serving as the national Promotions Media Director of AmSAT since January 2011.  For more information please visit nyposturepolice.com

Adele Nickel  is the assistant associate director of RIAT and an AmSAT-certified teacher of the Alexander Technique; she received Adeleher 1600-hour training at Riverside Initiative for the Alexander Technique (RIAT) in New York City under the direction of Nanette Walsh. Adele continues to work at RIAT as an affiliate teacher on the training course and maintains a private teaching practice in Midtown Manhattan and on the Upper West Side. Adele is also an accomplished modern dancer and has enjoyed a long performing and teaching career in NYC and abroad; she most recently worked with choreographer Annie-B Parson and rock musician St. Vincent in performance at the Hollywood Bowl, and was featured in the Liz Gerring Dance Company’s Glacier, named #4 on The New York Times’ “Best Dance of 2013” and nominated for a Bessie Award. In 2014, Adele was awarded a scholarship from the Breathing Project to complete her study in Embodied Anatomy & Kinesiology with Amy Matthews. She is also an avid runner and tai chi practitioner. Adele is passionate about the thinking, moving body and seeks to help her students find freedom and balance in every aspect of their lives.

Becky Sandler teaches both private and group Alexander Technique lessons in midtown Manhattan, Dutchess County, NY, and online. Having spent her first year training at the American Center for the Alexander Technique (ACAT), 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, Tai Chi, and movement, 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, more comfort and ease with daily activities, and less pain and anxiety.  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.

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.

Anne Waxman has been practicing the Alexander Technique for 30 years.   She is a Anne Waxman Faculty Photo Croppedteaching member of the American Society for the Alexander Technique (AmSAT) and was Senior Faculty at the American Center for the Alexander Technique (ACAT) from 1987-1998, where she helped train many teachers who practice today. She has traveled nationally and internationally to Europe, Asia and Mexico presenting the Alexander Technique in Master Class format, small group classes and private lessons. Ms. Waxman maintains a private practice on Manhattan’s Upper West Side and most recently in East Jewett, NY. From Master classes in classical flute in Tokyo and Osaka, to massage therapists in Ohio, physical therapists at New York Hospital, dressage riders out in Long Island and singers at the Metropolitan Opera, Ms. Waxman continues to work in group and individual lessons ranging from performing artists and the general public. www.annewaxman.com

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