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Portrait Robyn Avalon

Robyn Avalon
New Mexico, USA

How To Teach a Situational Lesson

There are many ways to teach an Alexander Lesson. Sometimes you might teach through Classical Procedures, offering the student time to focus only on the quality of themselves in the moment in a deep and educative way.  Other times you might work through an activity – using your hands while a person is doing whatever they do, and thus meeting the student while they are also focusing on a task in real time.   Activity Work helps embed the Principles in a student’s relationship with the activity, outside of the special arena of the traditional Alexander Lesson.

But this is still one step removed from a student’s actual experience in daily life – because in real life situations, there is more happening than simply noticing the quality of self in an activity. There is the reality of the particular moment in which the activity is happening.  For example, noticing yourself while playing a violin is a very different experience if you are alone in a practice room or standing center stage at an audition.  Yes, you can still focus on the activity itself, but it is likely that the conditions of the audition will effect your ability to access whatever you learned in your activity lesson on playing violin.

In this How-To Session, you will learn how to teach a Situational Lesson, offering the student an opportunity to apply the Principles of the Work in their most challenging real-life moments.  You will learn very basic guidelines to help you create the situational stress, and how and when to add verbal cues and hands-on information.  From this one class, you will have enough information to begin practicing this essential 3rd style of teaching in your lessons or group classes, supporting your students in actually applying the Principles of the Work in the moments they need it the most.

We will use real-life scenarios from participants, so think about some challenging situations in your life to bring to class for practice teaching.

About Robyn Avalon

Robyn has been studying Alexander’s Work since 1975, being first introduced to it as a young professional performing artist. She is the Founding Director of the Contemporary Alexander School, offering self-paced, non-residential teacher training programs in Santa Fe, NM, Portland, OR, & NYC, and in satellite cities throughout North America; as well as Co-Director of the Alexander Alliance International, offering workshops, teacher training, and post-graduate studies throughout Europe and Asia. Robyn is also the Creator of Living in a BodyTM, a Professional Body Mapping Certification Course translated into 6 languages and taught worldwide.
Robyn’s primary studies were with Marjorie Barstow, Bruce Fertman, and the Alexander Alliance, and she now continues Marj’s lineage in her own training programs. In addition, Robyn has also had the pleasure of being mentored by numerous first and second generation teachers over the past 45 years, and enjoys exploring ways to bridge all styles.
At this point in her teaching career, Robyn’s main interests include training Alexander Teachers in Group Teaching/Crafting of Alexander Games; teaching in real life Situations and Activities; incorporating Body Mapping (LIABTM), Bridging Classical and Contemporary styles of the Work; and helping bring more awareness to Equity and Diversity issues within our profession.
Robyn lives in New Mexico & New York City, USA, shares her life with her wife of 30+ years, 2 adult sons, and 4 cats, and loves to tap dance.


See also: Robyn Avalon – Presenter Detail Page

Thursday, 25 August 2022
09:00 h - 11:00 h (9.00am-11.00am)
Main Building
Floor: 3.OG (3rd floor)
Room: H 3005

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