We Are Transforming into a Virtual Conference


Alexander in Education conference in July to go online

This summer’s Alexander in Education Conference is to be transformed into a free online experience for everybody to enjoy.

Social distancing and travel restrictions have forced the event’s organisers to rethink how they could continue to offer their extensive timetable of presentations. The new-look format will now see the presenters record their workshops at home and have them uploaded onto a dedicated YouTube channel that will launch on 4th July – the date of the first day of the original conference – alongside interviews, interactive sessions and a live-streamed introduction from co-organisers Sue Merry and Judith Kleinman.

“So many things are being postponed or cancelled at the moment that we were reluctant to add yet another event to that list,” said Sue. “Instead, we thought about how we could reach out to the wider community and offer a free resource for the global Alexander population to enjoy.”

Judith added: “This is going to be such a wonderful project and we are so excited to be able to open up this event to such a wide audience thanks to the wonders of modern technology. After the initial launch, we are also planning to add more interesting and insightful videos from other teachers around the world who would like to contribute.”

Full details of the launch event are still being worked out but will be revealed as soon as they are confirmed.

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Presenters may include: 

Ron Colyer, Ted Dimon, Tara Fenamore, Elizabeth Castagna, Gabriella Minnes Brandes, Alessandro Fattorini, Noriko Sakura, Angela Bradshaw, Henry Fagg, Sue Merry, Judith Kleinman, 

Harriet Anderson, Ellie Rouse, Fuensanta Zambrana-Ruiz, Polly Waterfield, Catherine

Fleming, Victoria Cresswell, Roxani Eleni-Garifalaki, Daniella

Sangiorgio, Andy Smith, Penny O'Connor, Peter Buckoke, Liz Steinhal, head teacher at Educare Small School, Stephen

Williams, Director of Music at Bryanston School, and a panel of young people

discussing what they need from education.


More detailed information about the programme and how to book your place will follow soon


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 Photo copyright: Sasin Tipchai, via Pixabay 

Please Be Patient With Us While We Transform!

We will update this web page with the latest arrangements for the conference just as soon as we can. We are working very hard to create an amazing, online version of the conference. 

Keep in touch by joining our mailing list or keep returning to the website until all the changes are in place.

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Who is This Conference For?

Saturday 4th July - Conference Launch

The Developing Self Conference Team are working hard to make this conference as interesting, as exciting and as fun as possible!  The presentations and interviews will mainly be aimed at Alexander Teachers and trainees. However we hope that much of the content will also be of interest to anyone working in education and also to members of the general public e.g. parents, Alexander pupils etc.


Our vision is for the conference to become a YouTube playlist of short presentations and interviews. We hope to launch the list on Saturday July 4th with a live-stream from Sue and Judith. After this anyone will be able to access the videos and either watch them in conference sequence, or simply dip in and watch them as and when required.


In order to make the launch an event, we will probably set up a booking system so that you can book a place on the launch. We will then send you the link to the channel for when it goes live and you will be able to  tune in on the day. If your time-zone makes it inconvenient for you to join us for the live-stream, no matter. You can simply link-in when you are ready and watch the live-steam recording and any of the videos. 


We are working to put all of this in place so either keep checking back on the website or join our mailing list and be sure not to miss any updates.

Conference Organisers

Judith Kleinman

Judith Kleinman

Judith Kleinman

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 Judith trained as a musician at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and then went on to train to be an Alexander teacher with Mr Macdonald and Shoshanna Kaminitz. 

  Judith is now one of the Alexander teachers at the Royal College of Music and at the Junior Royal Academy of Music. She is assistant head of training at LCATT (London Centre for Alexander Technique and Training). More

Sue Merry

Judith Kleinman

Judith Kleinman

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Sue has been working with Primary School Children since 1994. Sue is generally recognised as a pioneer and world expert on teaching the Alexander Technique to children aged 3-11 in a school environment. More

Peter Buckoke

Judith Kleinman

Peter Buckoke

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 Peter Buckoke oversees the Alexander department at the RCM, where the technique is embedded in the undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. Peter is also professor of double bass at the RCM and plays both modern and baroque bass with various chamber groups in London.  More

Andy Smith

With the Cooperation of STAT

Peter Buckoke

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Andy teaches Alexander Technique at Uppingham School and in his private practice in north London. As a former sports journalist and county-level sportsman, he has a particular interest in movement and performance and he also teaches Alexander-inspired running technique.  More

With the Cooperation of STAT

With the Cooperation of STAT

With the Cooperation of STAT

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Conference Presenters - still updating

Harriet Anderson Ph.D., MSTAT

Harriet Anderson Ph.D., MSTAT

Harriet Anderson Ph.D., MSTAT

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     Harriet Anderson teaches AT in Brighton and Vienna. For many years she was a Lecturer at the University of Vienna, where she co-developed and taught courses in spoken communication skills for non-native speakers of English. She also taught at the University of Education in Vienna. There she led CPD seminars for teachers of English which incorporated many elements of AT.

Her book The Thinking Teacher’s Body: A Practical Guide to Teacher Well-Being, Vocal Health, and Development appeared in 2015.


INTERVIEW TITLE  

Learning Other Ways of Being: 

Overlaps between AT and learning to speak a foreign language

Harriet gives a recorded interview with Peter Buckoke covering areas such as:  

  • The role of habit in speaking a foreign language – doing the familiar differently. Going back to neutral
  • Habits of listening
  • Exploring concepts of right and wrong 




Roxani-Eleni Garefalaki MSTAT

Harriet Anderson Ph.D., MSTAT

Harriet Anderson Ph.D., MSTAT

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Roxani trained at the Alexander Technique Studio in London, where she runs her practice. She is a Tai Chi and QiGong instructor, director and performance artist from Athens, Greece.  

Her desire to heal herself and understand the cause of her ailments brought her to the Alexander Technique. During her teacher training, she managed to heal from lupus (without any medication) and learn how to avoid triggering symptoms due to her EDS. Having a deep understanding of what being hypermobile means, she is using the Alexander Technique to help people become mindful through Movement and improve their quality of life. She works with children and young adults and has also taken part in medical research regarding improving movement in hyper mobile people with the AT.

https://www.mindfulness-inmotion.com


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Hypermobility in Teens - An AT perspective  

Roxani gives a recorded interview with Andy Smith addressing questions such as:   

Ellie Rouse

Harriet Anderson Ph.D., MSTAT

Daniela Sangiorgio MSTAT MBBA

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Ellie trained to be an actress at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama where she first encountered the Alexander Technique. She carried on exploring the Technique with Brita Forstrom at the City Lit. In 2013 she decided to train as an AT teacher. She began her training with Stephen Cooper at OATS. It was his work with children studying music that first sparked the idea of working with children, as well as Chie Cross. Ellie also studied with Ron Colyer, Frankie Skinner, Sue Merry and Judith Kleinman.


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Working in Pre-Schools and Primary Schools  

A talk on working in a nursery with groups of 4 year olds before moving onto primary school. 

  • Creating a curriculum using The Developing Self training.
  • Workshops for children in Primary schools. 
  • Approaching schools and where AT can fit into the school curriculum. 

Daniela Sangiorgio MSTAT MBBA

Daniela Sangiorgio MSTAT MBBA

Daniela Sangiorgio MSTAT MBBA

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Daniela is a Kodály teacher. Whilst working for Colourstrings she trained as an Alexander Technique teacher and attended the Developing Self Training course. Soon after graduating from LCATT in July 2018 she trained to be a Buteyko Breathing practitioner. Daniella now runs Mums and Babies classes. She is interested in promoting the Alexander work in the community. This has inspired her to run, with a local Alexander teacher, regular workshops called ‘Are you suffering from 21st Century Posture?’ She also gives collaborative workshops with a yoga teacher. As well as teaching adults and teenagers at her private practice, she gives regular talks and workshops for therapists at the HQ Therapy centre in London.

Daniela assists Peter Buckoke weekly at the Royal College of music, takes part in exploring Alexander in Education for families with Sue Merry and does a postgraduate at LCATT. 

www.mindisbody.co.uk


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Alexander Technique for mums and babies 0-9 months with singing and movement

 I have developed a 5 week course for mums and babies, during which mums explore how to take care of themselves when lifting, carrying and feeding their babies, as well as pushing their prams and playing with them. During the sessions mums also learn strategies to deal with their anxiety and daily challenges.  

Andy Smith MSTAT

Daniela Sangiorgio MSTAT MBBA

Judith Kleinman AGSM, MSTAT

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 Andy is an Alexander Technique teacher, running coach and former sports journalist based in north London. He teaches AT at Uppingham School in Rutland and in his private practise, and offers running lessons, group classes and workshops around the capital.


PRESENTATION TITLE

 Sport in Schools: 

Achieve the Gain Without The Pain 

The presentation will look at how AT can help sports students amid a typical culture of 'no pain, no gain'.  

Judith Kleinman AGSM, MSTAT

Daniela Sangiorgio MSTAT MBBA

Judith Kleinman AGSM, MSTAT

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Judith trained as a musician at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and then went on to train to be an Alexander teacher with Mr Macdonald and Shoshanna Kaminitz. 

 Judith is now one of the Alexander teachers at the Royal College of Music and at the Junior Royal Academy of Music. She is assistant head of training at LCATT (London Centre for Alexander Technique and Training). More


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Transforming Anxiety in Secondary Education   

Judith will bring ideas, games and discussions that can introduce Alexander to teenagers and young adults. The presentation will link the work to integrating emotional intelligence and embodied awareness focusing on ways to identify the signals of threat and anxiety and how to cue in safety and ease. This gives young people the skills of how to be calm, confident and coordinated when dealing with the pressurised world of secondary education.

Elizabeth Steinthal B.Ed, M.A. Professional Development

Gabriella Minnes Brandes, Ph.D., CANSTAT, STAT, AmSAT, ATI

Elizabeth Steinthal B.Ed, M.A. Professional Development

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Elizabeth Steinthal is the Head Teacher, founder and owner of Educare Small School in Kingston upon Thames. In the early nineties she was the Deputy Head Teacher at a local state school where she met Sue Merry and worked with her on a project to improve the quality of handwriting in the school through the use of the Alexander Technique.

Her 40+ years of teaching experience led her to two central beliefs; firstly that school should be a happy, enjoyable and useful time and, secondly, that most causes of children's failures at school lie within the inflexibility of school systems, teachers and parents and not within the child.

In 1997 she joined with Sue Merry again to make the Alexander Technique a key part of the curriculum at Educare Small School. Today the Alexander Technique runs seamlessly integrated into every school day through the days and weeks of the school year. Both Sue Merry and Ellie Rouse work in the school and it hosts many Alexander Technique visitors. 


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Angela Bradshaw MSTAT DMU DCR(R)

Gabriella Minnes Brandes, Ph.D., CANSTAT, STAT, AmSAT, ATI

Elizabeth Steinthal B.Ed, M.A. Professional Development

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Angela Bradshaw, trained with Ron Colyer at the Alexander Re-Education Center. Currently she teaches Music Scholars at Wellington College, Charterhouse School and to UK Medical Imaging professionals. 

Prior to teaching Alexander’s Technique, she was a sonographer and radiographer in the NHS. She grew up in Dubai, enjoys yoga and plays piano. She lives in Woking with her family.


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 Alexander’s Technique Online! 

Hands Off And Around The Globe 

Angela gives a recorded interview with Judith Kleinman addressing questions such as:  

  • How can AT be taught online? 
  • How is it different?
  • How do the pupils find it?
  • How does it compare to 1:1 lessons?
  • What are the benefits?
  • What are the drawbacks? 


Gabriella Minnes Brandes, Ph.D., CANSTAT, STAT, AmSAT, ATI

Gabriella Minnes Brandes, Ph.D., CANSTAT, STAT, AmSAT, ATI

Gabriella Minnes Brandes, Ph.D., CANSTAT, STAT, AmSAT, ATI

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Gabriella Minnes Brandes has been working extensively with performers for over 30 years. Much of Gaby's current work and research focuses on exploring the connections between Alexander Technique and creativity for performers. Gaby collaborates closely with musicians, voice and movement coaches, and acting instructors. Informed by her Ph.D. and research in education, she is also exploring the connections between learning, teacher training and pedagogy in relation to the application of Alexander principles. Gaby has been teaching in the Theatre department at Capilano University, and in her own private practice. Gaby was the founder and co-director of the Vancouver Teacher Training course that ran for 18 years. Gaby has shared her work in many conferences nationally and internationally.

For more information seehttp://alexandertechniquecentre.ca


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The Duet of Piano Pedagogy and Alexander Technique: Researching our Practice

 In this talk I will share findings from a case study, which was designed to explore ways of applying principles of the Alexander Technique to increase whole-body awareness in young piano students.

Sue Merry MSTAT

Penny O’Connor MSTAT

Gabriella Minnes Brandes, Ph.D., CANSTAT, STAT, AmSAT, ATI

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 Sue has been working with Primary School Children since 1994. Sue is generally recognised as a pioneer and world expert on teaching the Alexander Technique to children aged 3-11 in a school environment. More 


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Introducing the Work to Classroom Teachers - The Ready List

A short presentation suggesting a clear and simple way to introduce the work to classroom teachers. Based on the teaching in the Developing Self Education Training Course and a part of the proposed Alexander in Education Primary Schools Curriculum.


Ted Dimon, Ed.D

Penny O’Connor MSTAT

Penny O’Connor MSTAT

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Ted Dimon, Ed.D., is Founder and Director of The Dimon Institute, where he is researching, developing and training teachers in the field of Psychophysical Education; and he is an Adjunct Professor of Psychology and Education at Columbia University, Teachers College, where he has launched the first-ever doctoral program in education based on Alexander’s work. An internationally renowned teacher of the Alexander Technique, he completed his training at the Constructive Teaching Centre with Walter Carrington in 1983, co-founded the American Society for the Alexander Technique (AmSAT) in 1987, and has been training teachers since 1996. A graduate of Tufts University, he received both his masters and doctoral degrees in education from Harvard University.
He has written ten books, including Anatomy of the Moving BodyThe Body in MotionAnatomy of the Voice; Your Body, Your VoiceThe Elements of SkillThe Undivided Self; A New Model of Man’s Conscious Development; Neurodynamics; Breathing and The Voice; and The Use of the Hands in Teaching. He is the co-editor of Frank Pierce Jones’ Collected Writings on the Alexander Technique.

Penny O’Connor MSTAT

Penny O’Connor MSTAT

Penny O’Connor MSTAT

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 Penny worked for 18 years at ArtsEd teaching Alexander Technique to theatre students in secondary school, foundation, graduate and post graduate levels in School of Acting, and Musical Theatre departments. Presently freelancing at other London Drama and Performing Arts schools, and teaching privately in London, Sevenoaks and Alonnisos, Greece. Book ‘Alexander for Actors’ Nick Hern pub., due out later this year. 


PRESENTATION TITLE  

Educating Actors in Alexander

  Presentation of my experience in teaching drama students within a HE setting, designing relevant curriculum that speaks to their needs as performers, essential collaboration with colleagues, assessing the work and organising a mentoring scheme for Alexander teachers.


Tara Fenamore MA

Henry Fagg MSc MSTAT

Henry Fagg MSc MSTAT

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 Tara Fenamore is a doctoral candidate in the Interdisciplinary Studies in Education Program at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her area of interest is psychomotor development and learning in early childhood education. Tara graduated from The Dimon Institute in 2018, earning her certification in Psychophysical Education and The Alexander Technique. Her dissertation, "The Dynamic Self: A Holistic Model of Human Development," assimilates the theories & practices of F.M. Alexander and Dr. Theodore Dimon into existing models of human development and motor learning. Her dissertation advocates for the inclusion of Psychophysical Education within standard early childhood curricula. To this end, she is developing a functional anatomy and "body thinking" curriculum for preschool children based upon Dr. Ted Dimon's book, The Body in Motion. Tara currently works as an assistant teacher to three and four-year-olds at Hollingworth Preschool, an internationally recognized early childhood center at Teachers College. At Hollingworth, Tara works to integrate the principles of Psychophysical Education into her teaching practice.  


PRESENTATION TITLE

Adaptive Motor Learning & The Preschool Child 

 In this presentation, I will describe postural deviations that I commonly observe in the preschool classroom and the environmental demands that may influence their occurrence in preschool children.  I will argue that the children’s capacity to respond adaptively to the demands of the learning environment is stymied because of critical gaps in motor learning processes. 

Henry Fagg MSc MSTAT

Henry Fagg MSc MSTAT

Henry Fagg MSc MSTAT

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Henry teaches the Alexander Technique in Bristol and at Junior Trinity Laban in Greenwich, London. He has a particular expertise working with musicians, and has also published on aspects of Alexander Technique science. More 


PRESENTATION TITLE  

The Power of Images for Teaching Alexander Technique to Young People

 In this presentation I’ll cover the important copyright rules of using images in your teaching, and then explain how I’ve found that a ‘picture is worth a thousand words’ in teaching the Alexander Technique, with the help of a few fun examples. 

Noriko Sakura

Henry Fagg MSc MSTAT

Victoria Cresswell

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Noriko trained as an actress in Japan and after working professionaly for 10 years, she took the RADA in Tokyo workshops where she prst encountered Alexander Technique. She continued this experience with further RADA workshops in London. After receiving a Japanese Government scholarship for artists she undertook post graduate training at LAMDA. She then worked as an actress in UK for 15 years before training full time as an Alexander teacher. She now has her own practice in her own studio in Essex and at the Therapy Room Cambridge. She works with actors in training in Japan, in China, at the Shanghai Theatre Academy, and in Cambridge for the University Marlowe Society, as well as with more experienced actors in workshops and private lessons, in UK and Japan. 

www.sakura.uk.com


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Victoria Cresswell

Catherine Fleming BMus Hons, LTCL, FISM, FHEA, MSTAT

Victoria Cresswell

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 Victoria is in her second year of teaching music scholars at Bryanston School. She also teaches the Alexander Technique to pupils of all ages. She draws on her experience of teaching   movement improvisation and developmental/progressive movement to groups, as a means of inspiring and informing her approach. 


EDUCATION PANEL

Catherine Fleming BMus Hons, LTCL, FISM, FHEA, MSTAT

Catherine Fleming BMus Hons, LTCL, FISM, FHEA, MSTAT

Catherine Fleming BMus Hons, LTCL, FISM, FHEA, MSTAT

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 Catherine is both a musician and an Alexander Technique teacher. She works at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and Eton College. Catherine trained at the Constructive Teaching Centre with Walter Carrington graduating in 2005. She appeared on the education panels at the 2018 AT International Congress in   Chicago and the 2016 AT in Music Conference at Trinity Laban College in London. 

 EDUCATION PANEL 

Polly Waterfield MSTAT, ARCM

Catherine Fleming BMus Hons, LTCL, FISM, FHEA, MSTAT

Catherine Fleming BMus Hons, LTCL, FISM, FHEA, MSTAT

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 Polly’s teaching has developed largely through working with teenagers. She established the Alexander department at Uppingham school 12 years ago and still teaches there. She also works with undergraduates from King’s College Choir, Cambridge.  

 EDUCATION PANEL