I would not say I am a fan of the technique – I am a disciple. For many years I suffered with chronic neck pain following a horse riding accident. When my HR manager recommended the Alexander Technique I was intrigued. Her father, a stroke victim, had experienced an incredible recovery from practising the Technique – to the point where he no longer needed a walking stick. After the first lesson I felt a dramatic difference; my neck felt long and free like a giraffe. Soon after that my teacher said I had learnt enough to incorporate the technique into my everyday life and manage my situation myself.
Learning the Alexander Technique can help experienced and non-experienced dancers of all ages. It is being taught across the world work in numerous dance schools, in various dance companies, and to individual dancers.
Dancers often have high levels of movement skills and dance and express themselves beautifully. However many simply use unnecessary effort and tension and frequently suffer injury or even have to retire early. This could be the result of poor underlying postural coordination, pressures of performance, or faulty learning strategies.
Learning the Technique will help you address these issues.
You learn to become aware of and change faulty postural and movement patterns, move more freely and rest constructively.
Dancers who have had Alexander lessons also report enhanced artistic performance, including qualities such as:
- presence and depth in movement
- capacity to improvise
- and confidence
The added dimension the AT brings to your dancing will help you prevent injury and enhance your enjoyment and skill.