Studies Project: Dance and the Alexander Technique. Thursday October 15.

Join us THURSDAY OCTOBER 15 for our  Studies Project: Dance and the Alexander Technique
Thursday October 15, Dance Theater Workshop Studio, 6:15 pm

Conceived of and moderated by Ann Rodiger
We as dancers count on our bodies to be consistent vehicles for our art form, and understand the importance of maintaining optimum balance. How can the study of the Alexander Technique help to support a sustainable dancing career? Individuals with all levels of experience with the work, from the beginning student to the seasoned teacher, are invited to join the discussion, which has been developed by Balance Arts Center in collaboration with Movement Research. Panelists include some of the most distinguished teachers of the work: June Ekman, Jenny Grove, Eva Karzag, Katherine Mitchell, Shelley Senter, and others, and will be moderated by Ann Rodiger.

photo: Ann Rodiger by Brad Forth

Biographies of moderator and panelists:

June Ekman came to NYC from Chicago in 1953 to study with Martha Graham. She went on to perform with many early Modern Dance Companies and to participate and perform at Judson Memorial Church. She has been a certified ACAT Alexander Teacher since 1979. And has taught in the theater and dance department at Sarah Lawrence College for the past 21 years. Her main focus and interest is in working with dancers to help them to understand and use the basic principles of the Alexander Technique, to enable them to be more conscious and ease-ful with their bodies. This past June the American Center of the Alexander honored her for her teaching and service.

Jennifer Grove is the Artistic Director and Founder of Grove Dance Theatre. She began her professional career by studying Performance Art at De Montfort University in the UK. Jennifer is experienced in organizing platform performances from street events at the Leicester International Dance Festival to quarterly showcases for the emerging choreographers in Brighton and Oxford. Her work, both theatrical and dance, has been performed in venues across Europe including The Oxford Playhouse, UK and the Music Conservatory in Enschede, NL. Jennifer moved to New York in 2000. She has been working with the Alexander Technique and dance since 1990 and in 2003 became a certified teacher of the work. She taught Alexander Technique on the graduate acting course at NYU for 6 years and has a private teaching practice in NYC.

Eva Karczag: Independent dance artist and teacher. For the past three decades she has practiced, taught, and advocated explorative methods of dance making. She performs solo and collaborative work internationally, many of her collaborations involving links across the arts. Her performance work and her teaching are informed by dance improvisation and mindful body practices. She is a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique. She has been a member of leading groups in the field of experimental dance, including the Trisha Brown Dance Company, and has taught dance at major colleges and studios throughout the USA, Australia, and Europe, including a sustained period of teaching on the faculty of EDDC, Arnhem, The Netherlands. She has an MFA degree (Dance Research Fellow) from Bennington College, VT. Through her performing and teaching she aims to communicate her respect for the innate intelligence of the body, and her love of articulate and full-bodied dancing.

Katherine Mitchell came to the Alexander Technique as an injured professional dancer in the early 1980‘s. She was a choreographer and dancer in Memphis TN where she danced with the Harry Bryce Dance Theatre and developed environmental pieces for a pasture, a farmhouse and an ancient YMCA racquetball court. She danced with various companies in Chicago and Denver including Radis Dance Strata and ARTCO. She made the transition to social dancing in the late 80‘s calling square dances in rural Illinios and in the city of Chicago. She has maintained a private teaching practice in AT for the past 20 years and has trained AT teachers since 2001. She developed and taught AT classes for the Conservatory for Theatre Arts at Webster University for eleven years and an AT class for dancers at Washington University for five years. She currently teaches Argentine Tango at Washington University. She sees special relevance for the AT in the embrace, connection between partners, and improvisational nature of Tango. She is interested in the AT’s ability to help people avoid injury and thrive at whatever they want to do.

Ann Rodiger brings her experience of over 25 years in the Alexander Technique, Laban Movement Analysis and Observation, Dance Notation, movement education, and her own dance performance experience to her work as a teacher. She currently has a private practice in New York City. Ms. Rodiger is the founder and director of the AmSAT approved Balance Arts Center Alexander Technique Teacher Training Course in NYC. Ms. Rodiger has taught graduate and undergraduate level dance courses in several major U.S. Universities, including the University of Illinois-Urbana, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, University of Hawaii-Manoa, City College of New York, and the Juilliard School. Internationally, she teaches regularly in Berlin, and has taught in France and Switzerland. Ms. Rodiger graduated from the Urbana Center for the Alexander Technique in 1981. She also holds a Masters Degree in Dance from the Ohio State University and a B.S. from the University of Oregon. She has also studied ergonomics, Bartenieff Fundamentals, Feldenkrais, yoga and meditation.

For nearly twenty-five years, Shelley Senter has been investigating the application of the principles of the Alexander Technique to the performing body and mind. A certified teacher of the Alexander Technique since 1994 (ACAT), her approach to teaching has influenced artists in all disciplines and has been written about in various dance, arts and Alexander Technique publications and scholarly papers. She has been critically recognized and awarded for her distinct approach to movement, both as an independent dance artist and as a collaborator/performer with many distinguished artists, including Trisha Brown and Yvonne Rainer for whom she is an official repetiteur. She teaches workshops and private lessons in colleges, universities and conservatories, in international festivals and organizations, as well as at Movement Research and the Trisha Brown Company School in New York. After more than a decade on the West Coast, Senter has recently returned to New York City and maintains a private practice in Brooklyn and Manhattan.


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