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Portrait Robyn Avalon

Robyn Avalon
New Mexico, USA

Touching Everywhere from Anywhere: Hand Skills for Teaching Activities, LifeWork & Groups

Applying the Principles directly to the moments and activities of a student’s daily and professional life is the core of a contemporary style of teaching – to offer the Work in critical and meaningful moments of real life. This means we use our hands while people are doing whatever they do – playing an instrument, working at a computer, dancing tango, hammering a nail, walking their dog, or having a challenging conversation.

This requires us to be able to access the whole student from wherever our hands can easily make contact; to be able to offer clear, direct, kinesthetic and verbal information within the pacing of their activity. It requires us to use not just our hands, but our whole bodies, so we do not interfere with the realistic movements and timing of their activity while we offer them new information and choices. For some, this is a new level of hands-on skill, being quite different from the requirements of table-work or chair-work.

In this class you will learn how to use all parts of your hands and body to communicate. You will learn how to use your skills for accessing innate design, releasing the neck/head, or identifying and releasing habitual patterns through any part of the student’s body – while the student is engaged in their activity.

You will also learn how to create a container for teaching a student in a challenging life situation (LifeWork). This is one of the most poignant applications of our Work – to access choice in the most charged and vulnerable moments of life. You will also learn effective hand skills for group teaching – for example. how to quickly offer a ‘taste’ of AT to everyone, without taking too much time; or how to ‘shadow’ – to work with students while they are observing, so as not to interrupt their experience.

Teaching the Work directly through a student’s activity requires unique hands-on skills, as does teaching in group settings. This class offers you the necessary skills for doing both, while increasing your own ‘Alexander Toolbox’.

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

Continuous Learning
Fri 26 & Sat 27 (Session 2)
15-17h (3-5pm) & 9-11h (9-11am)
Main Building
Floor: 3.OG (3rd floor)
Room: H 3012

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