London Centre for Alexander Technique and Training (LCATT)

Country
United Kingdom
Region
London
Staff

Head of Training: Refia Sacks (ATA 1982) Assisted by: Judith Kleinman (Kaminitz 1989), Roger Kidd (Carrington 1992) Additional teachers: Peter Buckoke, Hidemi Hatada, Hilary King, Julia Duschenes Moderator: Lucia Walker

Teacher Training Address
137 Grosvenor Avenue, Highbury, London N5 2NH
Prerequisites

Previous Alexander experience, lessons with the director and assistants and visit to the school, application form.

Terms
Three terms per year over three years
Weekly Hours
Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 09.00 to 13.00, Tuesday from 13.00 to 17.00
Course Fees
£4650 per year (£1550 per term)
Year Founded
2003
Graduates
53
Current Trainees
7
Curriculum

LCATT is a small school offering a professional Alexander teacher training in an encouraging and lively atmosphere. We are committed to supporting people through their process of change and development by offering a practical context in which students gain a strong foundation for making the Alexander Technique a lifelong process. By teaching the principles of the Alexander Technique it is our intention to inspire personal and professional resourcefulness, creativity, maturity and independence, and to create good Alexander teachers.

The major part of the course is practical and its core content is the development of the student's own use and self-awareness according to Alexander's principles of ”inhibition and direction”. The timetable includes lessons, ”turns” and directed activities with teachers and other students. A fundamental aspect of the training is that the students are taught to work on themselves so that they can take this experience into their teaching lives afterwards.

Each term is loosely based on a theme of either something related to the Alexander Technique philosophy or some aspect of the practical work.

There is a gradual introduction of "hands-on" skills taught in a variety of ways. Working through a range of "hands-on" procedures students are taught to develop sensitivity in their touch and intuitive knowledge in their hands. They are encouraged to experiment, and with the support of the teachers they can learn to explore and trust their intuition so that they can find their own way through their personal Alexander development.

Added to this there is specific training in improving observation plus coaching in verbal and presentation skills. Time is also given to doing vocal work and a number of specialist topics are covered by visiting teachers. Students are also given an opportunity to learn to develop their own ideas for running groups and doing individual work within a group situation. Towards the latter part of the course there are opportunities to work, under supervision, on members of the public to smooth the transition to becoming independent teachers.

The theoretical part of the training includes the study of Alexander's books and other texts, anatomy, discussions, videos/DVDs, presentations by students, writing of diaries and reports. Once a week we have a practical anatomy session showing how the Alexander Technique makes sense of the intrinsic design of the body. The resource of ”body mapping” is an integral part of the teaching on the course. Students leave with a good sense of their own anatomical structure and how to use this knowledge in their own teaching practices.

Students are expected to do a postgraduate teaching term after qualification, attending the school at least once a week, to help their transition to becoming working Alexander teachers. There is also usually an opportunity for graduates to work with teachers in their practices at music or drama colleges or in group courses to gain further experience. By the end of the training it is expected that students will have developed a knowledge and understanding of Alexander's principles through their own use and their work with others so that they can continue their personal development and communicate the technique to others by the use of their hands, as well as verbally, in an independent and professional manner.

Additional notes

LCATT is situated in a large Victorian house in a tree lined avenue not far from Highbury Fields. It is within easy walking distance from Highbury and Islington Tube station, is very close to the London Transport Overground train at Canonbury station, and is well served by many bus routes (4, 19, 30, 236, 393 and more). The course takes place in a light spacious double room and has the use of a kitchen and a terrace.

UK/World?
UK

The advice and coaching from my Alexander teacher during training for a London to Paris bike ride transformed my experience immeasurably and I am pleased to say that I was really able to enjoy the event without suffering as many of my co-participants did. I would urge anyone who is considering any physical challenge and is interested in, or, practising AT to seek some specific AT tips and advice.

Sally Buckle

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