Each December there is a wonderful Alexander Technique workshop offered on the campus of The Ohio State University in Columbus. A few years ago I was able to attend the Freedom and Ease of Movement workshop and found it to be a wonderful way to exhale the old year and look forward to all the possibilities of the year ahead.
The six faculty this year are incredibly knowledgeable and gifted senior teachers. You can read their full bios if you follow this link: Columbus Workshop, but in brief they include:
Bill Conable who studied with Marjorie Barstow, Frank Jones, and Walter Carrington. He is the co-inventor of the concept Body Mapping and is also certified through ATI and AmSAT.
Sarah Barker also studied with Marjorie Barstow from 1971 – 1978. She teaches internationally and is certified through ATI and AmSAT. Her most recent research agenda concerns the efficacy of The Alexander Technique in improving balance and presence.
Dale Beaver has studied with the Conables, Fertmans, Meade Andrews, and Tommy Thompson. He recently took over the OSU Alexander Technique program with great success and has a background in music and energy work.
Diana Bradley, a certified teacher since 1979, comes from a dance background and also holds a third degree black belt in Aikido. She travels internationally to teach Alexander Technique workshops.
Donna Doellinger has been a registered nurse since 1973. She studied with Marjorie Barstow and the Conables. She focuses on bringing her medical background, The Alexander Technique, and energy work together to offer students a holistic approach to wellness.
Robin Gilmore is the director of Chesapeake Bay Alexander Studies (of which I am an alum). She comes from a dance background and authored the book What Every Dancer Needs to Know About the Body. She teaches The Alexander Technique internationally and is a teaching member of ATI.
The five day workshop is well organized with large group discussions and small group hands-on lessons. Sometimes at workshops I can feel overwhelmed or that I reach my information in-take limit early on. Here, I felt there was a good balance between study and reflection. With the total cost for the workshop being $550, I also find it to be quite reasonable. This year’s dates are December 27 through 31st.
Along with being a Teaching Member of Alexander Technique International, Corrie Danieley also teaches Acting, Voice, and Movement in the Department of Theatre and Dance at Northern Kentucky University.