The teachers in the Performing Self Group, coming from diverse backgrounds, share a deep interest in developing the application of FM Alexander's practical ideas in the performing arts.
Several of us were lucky enough to begin teaching at Royal Schools of Music in London in the 1980's. Over the next decades we developed the skills needed to work with instrumentalists and singers - and the act of performing - in specialised ways which could not form part of the basic training to teach the Alexander Technique. We decided to try to work together to pass on these skills and soon formed links with other teachers who had similar experiences working with dancers and actors at other perfroming arts colleges.
Our workshops, part of the STAT CPD programme, have been fully subscibed and have received postive feedback. This has encouraged us to try to find ways to develop a more ambitious project of post-graduate training in teaching the Alexander Technique to performing artists and to find a suitable vehicle for that in Higher Education. In September 2015 a limited number of Alexander teachers will have the opportunity to study for a Masters degree at Rose Bruford College in South London.
Teachers involved in the project are:
“I'm not so interested in how they move as in what moves them.”
“This well structured course has given me the tools I needed to work in large groups, something that I had not encountered in my training. "