Alexander Technique Teacher Training Course

We are now accepting applications for the Balance Arts Center Alexander Technique Teacher Training Course. 

Alexander Technique Teacher Training Course

The Balance Arts Center’s Alexander Technique Teacher Training Course offers the highest standard of teacher training in the Alexander Technique. We create an uplifting and inspiring environment where optimal learning takes place and students can better embody the principles of the technique.

The Alexander Technique is a method of thinking and learning that improves and refines one’s own sensory awareness and use.  It examines students’ overall and specific posture, functioning, and coordination, while addressing the fundamental aspects of all of our psychophysical actions. Refined use enhances one’s ability to accomplish any activity. Performing artists such as musicians, singers, and dancers, as well as athletes immediately recognize how their own functioning affects the quality and outcome of their performance. At the same time, students will notice improved productivity at their desks, while walking, and in accomplishing other daily activities.  

Becoming a teacher of the Alexander Technique allows you to dive deeper into the study of the Alexander Technique principles as they apply to yourself.  Teaching also allows you to assist others in improving their use and in finding more skill and ease in whatever activity they choose to do.  Students who complete the teacher training course will be proficient in hands-on work, have strong pedagogical skills, and a good understanding of the theory and history of the technique.  

The course includes 1600 hours of instruction within a 3-5 year period. The student-teacher ratio averages 5 students to 1 teacher. Graduating students from the BAC Course are eligible for certification through The American Society of the Alexander Technique (AmSAT).

Curriculum

The Balance Arts Center’s Teacher Training Course is designed to teach the principles of the Alexander Technique theoretically and practically.

Areas of focus include:

  • the trainee’s own use

  • hands-on work

  • movement observation and analysis

  • survey and discussion of Alexander’s writings and literature related to AT

  • teaching and learning theory

  • communication skills

  • basic anatomy and kinesiology

  • developmental movement

  • sensory awareness

  • vocal production

  • presentation skills

  • applications to daily life

  • student’s areas of interest

Additionally, the knowledge of the Alexander Technique is applied to activities such as dance technique and training, general performance awareness, writing/typing, walking/running, office work, public speaking, playing of musical instruments, fitness activities and daily tasks.

The course structure includes group classes, private lessons, supervised teaching, observational outings and readings.

Schedule

  • 1600 course hours

  • Hours to be completed within a 3-5 year period.

  • The course runs from after Labor Day to mid-July. There are breaks throughout the year.

  • Morning and evening class sessions are available

  • 30 private lessons are included in the course fee

  • Special workshops, outings and seminars will be scheduled as part of the 1600 hours.

Students are welcome to join the course at any time during the year.

Assistants Include:

  • Thomas Baird

  • Rebecca Brooks

  • Tracy Einstein

  • Jay Foote

  • Heather Gardner

  • Kyra Miller Himmelbaum

  • Tim Pyper

  • Pyeng Threadgill

  • Sarah White-Ayòn

All teaching assistants above are graduates of the Balance Arts Center Teacher Training Course. Learn more about them here!

Prerequisites:

A minimum of 10 lessons or equivalent in the Alexander Technique.

Application:

Click here for an application form.  

To apply send inquiries and applications to: info@balanceartscenter.com

or

Ann Rodiger, Director

Balance Arts Center

151 W 30th St. 3rd Fl

New York, NY 10001

Ann Rodiger is the founder and director of the Balance Arts Center and the BAC Alexander Technique Teacher Training Program. She has been teaching the Alexander Technique since 1981. She also has extensive training in dance, movement analysis and observation, movement fundamentals and awareness, and in Labanotation.

Ann graduated from the Urbana Center for the Alexander Technique. She holds a master’s degree from The Ohio State University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon and has taught at several major universities including Illinois-Champaign, Hawaii-Manoa, and Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Currently, she runs the BAC and directs its Teacher Training Course. She also has private Alexander Technique practices in New York City, Berlin, and Antwerp.