Our Philosophy and History

Alexander Technique Denver philosophy and history of our course

At Alexander Technique Denver, our objective is to help our trainees deepen their work on themselves as they acquire the hand-on skills and experience necessary to share their work with others. Our many years of experience help us in our commitment to teach each individual trainee according to their needs.

Our faculty are of varying styles and backgrounds, and we bring in teacher-trainers from around the world as guest faculty. The opportunity to work with many teachers allows our trainees to discern the common principles that underlie contrasting styles, helping them to be confident in their own unique style when they graduate.

Faculty members at Alexander Technique Denver have been teaching since 1995, 1993 and 1999. Between us, we have received training descended from several of the major lineages of first generation teacher-trainers. We have been influenced by direct experiences with Marjorie Barstow, Frank Ottiwell, Patrick MacDonald, Elizabeth Walker, Joan and Alex Murray, Rivka Cohen, Giora Pinkas, Lyn Charlsen, Pamela Blanc, Frances Marsden, Michael Frederick, Babette Marcus, Jean-Louis Rodrigue, Sumi Komo, Colin Egan, Lucia Walker, Bob Britton, John Baron, John Nicholls, Jessica Wolf, Rome Earle Roberts, Misha Magidov, and Yehuda Kuperman.

Our trainees graduate with experience teaching all of the traditional procedures as well as working in activities (both everyday and specialized), and incorporating work with developmental movement and “Dart” procedures. At the core of our training course are the principles F.M. Alexander discovered, and it is our mission to pass an understanding of and commitment to these principles on to our trainees, and to give them the skills necessary to teach effectively in any activity or situation.

 

Philosophy of our director

During her 20 years of teaching, Heidi has worked with hundreds of pupils from all walks of life and of all ages. Many of them have gone on to become teachers of the Alexander Technique, training at courses nationally and abroad. It is due to this interest by her pupils that Heidi has opened the training course here in Denver.

In 1991 Heidi organized and attended one of Marjorie Barstow’s last workshops outside Lincoln—nine classes in three days! As a result of this pivotal experience, part of Heidi’s work involves teaching groups, and working with people in any imaginable activity. One of the activities she frequently addresses is playing a musical instrument. As a pianist herself, Heidi has had a long-standing interest in how AT applies to performance situations (music, dance, acting, public speaking), and she regularly gives workshops on this topic.

Heidi’s personal goal is to allow F.M. Alexander’s principles of thinking in activity to permeate all of her activities, and this naturally includes her teaching on the training course. Using these principles leads to a consciously reasoned out and individualized approach to each challenge that might arise on the course. Her private pupils at the University regularly report on their anonymous teacher evaluations that they feel a sense of safety and personal support in their Alexander lessons. Heidi is committed to creating this type of environment in the training as well.

Visit Heidi’s University of Denver faculty page.

 

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