Riverside Initiative’s Faculty
Our faculty draw from diverse fields of expertise and professional experience in a wide variety of institutional and performing arts settings. They are committed to life-long learning and growth on an individual and collective basis.
Nanette Walsh, MFA, m.AmSAT, is founder and director of RIAT. She co-founded ATNYC, Associate Director(2006); Co-director from (2009-2014); taught at ACAT, Resident Associate Faculty (2005-2008); Alexander Technique Workshops, Sweet Briar, Virginia (2007-2012); NYC School of Visual Arts(SVA) (1987-1990). She holds an MFA from The College of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University (1982); graduated from ACAT (1995); undertook extensive post-graduate work with Walter Carrington, Peggy Williams and Pearl Ausebel; recently completed Peggy Williams: Un-smudged, soon to be published. Appointed to AmSAT’s Board of Directors in 2009, served extended tenure AmSAT Chair until 2011; Professional Conduct Committe(2008); Leadership Advisory Council (2012-2014.) Awarded: AmSAT’s Certificate of Merit: 2012; Certificate of Appreciation: 2013, 2014. Long standing practitioner of tai chi, various forms of contemplative meditation, and depth psychology; currently doing graduate studies,Union Theological Seminary(UTS): Religion and Psychology.
Anne Waxman has been practicing the Alexander Technique for 30 years. She is a teaching 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
Sheila Bandyopadhyay , MA; m.AmSAT was first introduced to the Alexander Technique during an actor training intensive in 1999. After moving to New York in 2003, Sheila began private lessons with Nanette Walsh and went on to teacher training shortly therafter. Sheila is a theatrical movement specialist and Head of Movement at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. In addition to teaching Alexander, Sheila teaches ATyoga (a specialized blend of Alexander infused yoga), movement for the actor, mask, commedia, and clown. Additional teaching and coaching with: FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training, Shakespeare & Company, NYU Gallatin, the Linklater Center, the Upright Citizen’s Brigade, and Emerson College. Sheila is a graduate of ATNYC, Dell’Arte International, and NYU’s Gallatin School (MA in movement & physical theater). She completed her 200-hour RYA training with Three Sisters Yoga. www.innovativemovement.com
Nadia Banna completed her three-year, 1600-hour teacher training with Nanette Walsh and John Nicholls in 2012 and holds AmSAT certification as a teacher of the Alexander Technique. Nadia maintains a private Alexander Technique teaching practice in Manhattan (in Union Square), where she helps a variety of clients find mind-body wholeness, greater poise and improved posture and breathing. In addition to her faculty position at Riverside Initiative, Nadia also facilitates communication workshops for engineering students at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art; topics include Physical Expression based on the Alexander Technique.
Nadia is committed to sharing the Alexander Technique with a wider population, and has also taught Alexander Technique as part of community outreach through Community Relief & Rebuilding through Education & Wellness (CRREW) in addition to other volunteer work. Nadia also holds summa cum laude degrees in Music Performance and Italian Language and Literature from New York University. More information about Nadia can be found at www.nadiabanna.com.
Ariel Carson, m.AmSAT, is the associate director of RIAT as well as a faculty member. She received her teaching certification (1600 hours over 3 years) through Alexander Technique New York City (ATNYC), headed by teachers Nanette Walsh and John Nicholls. She has assisted at The Julliard School, as well as taught at Boston University where she earned her BFA. Ariel previously worked as a teaching artist for the Leadership Program, teaching leadership skills through the arts to under-served students in New York City public schools. She has completed the basic training in Trauma First Aide, a method to help “reduce and prevent the long term effects of acute traumatic stress reactions”, and she is now incorporating Somatic Experiencing into her work, helping people release traumas that have gotten stuck in their nervous system and body. From her work with U.S. veterans, to performers, to activists, to the LGBTQ community, Ariel is most interested in teaching the Alexander Technique as part of a holistic and multifaceted approach to cultivating greater sustainability, vitality, and freedom in the body-minds of her current and future clients. www.redefiningposture.com
Adele Nickel is the assistant associate director of RIAT and an AmSAT-certified teacher of the Alexander Technique; she received her 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.
Emily Whyte is an actor, singer, and Alexander Teacher. A graduate of The University of Michigan with a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre, for the past 14 years she has studied The Alexander Technique both locally and internationally and was AmSAT certified in June 2008. Recently featured in Backstage, Emily teaches group classes with various NY voice studios, at The University of Michigan and previously at The Freeman Studio, NYU Tisch, NYU Gallatin, Chelsea Piers Gym and Hilton Worldwide. She maintains a private practice in Midtown Manhattan with her clients currently working on Broadway, Off-Broadway, in film, television, as well as the corporate and athletic worlds. www.emilywhyte.com
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