Ann Rodiger, Julia Woodman, Dr. Philip Bull and David Moore
UK, USA, Australia
Julia Woodman BSc, PhD, MSTAT is Head of Training at Edinburgh Alexander Training School. She is also Chair of the STAT Research Group and was a core member of the study team for the large randomised controlled clinical, trial, ATLAS. Julia is keen to foster the continued development of Alexander teaching and training to ensure its suitability for everyone – including those living with hypermobility. She teaches one-to-one, groups and organisations, mostly in Scotland, and qualified from the Manchester Alexander Technique training school in 2006. Julia has published widely for both academic and general audiences; her conference presentations include for the Ehlers-Danlos Society.
Ann Rodiger is the Founder and Director of the Balance Arts Center in New York City. She has nearly 40 years of teaching the Alexander Technique. Her teaching draws from her knowledge from teaching the BAC Teacher Training Course and private lessons in the US and abroad as well as her knowledge of Labanotation, Laban Movement Analysis, Bartenieff Fundamentals, Yoga, meditation and various dance techniques. She has developed the BAC Alexander Technique Teacher Training Program and substantial programming for performing artists. She has also adapted the Alexander principles to work for those with hypermobility and Ehlers Danlos Syndromes. Rodiger teaches internationally in Germany, Belgium, Greece, and Turkey. The Balance Arts Center is a NYC Women and Minority Owned Business and a thriving place for the community to teach, share knowledge, and perform.
Ann’s interest in the Alexander work began when she was studying dance at The Ohio State University. Through the work she was able to find a sense of balance and stability that was previously unavailable due to her hypermobility. Training with the Murrays while Ann was teaching at the U. of Illinois, Urbana allowed the AT to become a more important part of her life. She was pursuing the AT, dance performance and teaching, and meditation simultaneously.
After teaching dance at the U. of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the U. of Hawaii-Manoa Ann moved to NYC to continue her dancing and performing. She taught at the City College of NY and Labanotation at the Juilliard School. She also began a private practice in the Alexander Technique which focused on performing artists, particularly dancers and singers. She also continued to pursue meditation.
Following a 5-year break from NYC living in an ashram, she restarted her private AT practice and began the BAC AT Teacher Training program. To date she has graduated nearly 40 students from a Balance Arts Center Teacher AT Training program.
The BAC has grown from Fulton Street, through 28th St. to 30th Street in NYC to an 11 room studio space that includes small and large teaching rooms and a performance space. The BAC serves as home base to the BAC AT Teacher training program, Ann’s private practice and as a NYC community base for the AT. She produces and co-produces the AT “Freedom to” conferences in NYC as well as other workshops and classes.
Ann also travels to teach abroad in Germany, Belgium, Greece, and Turkey. She is also a Teaching Artist for the summer Juilliard program for High School singers and teaches at the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Summer Festival. She is a member of the American Society of the Alexander Technique and served as Treasurer for AmSAT.
David Moore is the director of the School for F.M. Alexander Studies in Melbourne which he established in 1998. He is the author of “Smart Yoga: Apply the Alexander Technique to enhance your practice, prevent injury and increase body awareness.”
Besides training teachers in the technique and running a private practice in Melbourne, he has been running regular workshops and trainings in Europe, the UK, China and Taiwan, both for Alexander and yoga teachers.