Alexander Technique

Dynamic Thinking/Dynamic Moving:

Alexander Technique

with Ariel Weiss


Tues, Aug 22nd 7-9 pm: Intro to Alexander Technique

Wed, Aug 23rd 7-9 pm: Alexander Technique and the Creative Process

Take one workshop for $50 or both workshops for $90

Frasier Room
First Reformed Church
18 Farragut Avenue

The Alexander Technique is a simple, practical mind/body method for redirecting tension into useful energy, helping people improve performance, reduce pain, avoid injury, and maximize well being. Students learn to increase their awareness and redirect their movement to reduce hindrances to their best functioning. It allows artists to unleash their fullest expressive instincts in a systematic and holistic way with help of gentle hands-on guidance and verbal coaching from their teacher.  Come one night or both — participants are encouraged to bring art supplies, musical instruments, scripts or other props to work on creating/making activities in class.

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Ariel Weiss has been a Teaching Artist for River Arts since 2000. Active as a dancer and choreographer for most of her life, she brings over 40 years of movement training to her practice, with a particular interest and sensitivity to applying the Technique to the creative process. Ariel has maintained an Alexander Technique private practice in Philadelphia since certifying in 1988 and also coaches instrumentalists and singers at The Curtis Institute of Music. She trains teachers at the Philadelphia School for the Alexander Technique, and recently returned from her second summer teaching at the Santa Fe Opera. Ariel developed and produces Freedom to Make Music: Alexander Technique Conference for Musicians.

Ariel Weiss is an excellent Alexander Technique teacher! I have worked with her in several capacities, both as my personal teacher, as well as my student’s teacher at The Juilliard School and The Curtis Institute. Because of her extensive background in the performing arts, Ariel really understands the musician’s needs both physically and energetically. I highly recommend her for your institution!
Julie Landsman, Former Principal Horn: MET Opera, Juilliard School Horn teacher, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra

Ms. Weiss has practiced and taught Alexander Technique for the past 18 years in the Vocal Studies Department at the Curtis Institute of Music. She has had a great deal of success during these years with a number of singers in the Department and I am happy to recommend her on the highest level.
Mikael Eliason, Dean of Vocal Studies, Artistic Director, Curtis Opera Theatre

Ariel is an intuitive, understanding, and very wise teacher. She helped me immensely in learning about the true mechanics of my body and how to move more freely to avoid injury. She is a genius at seeking out clever solutions for problems performing artists face as part of the day-to-day rigors of their profession, and is never afraid to be honest and upfront. Ariel led me to startling self-discoveries in every session! As a result of several years spent working with Ariel, I am a stronger, more structurally aware player, and feel better armed with the tools and techniques I need to make it through issues not only in my playing, but in my career as a whole.
Ethan Jodziewicz, Bassist with Sierra Hull and Darol Anger, Curtis Institute of Music graduate

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