Special interest groups - talks about a specific theme with a moderator and those who are interested in the topic.
Meet, share and learn from each other and maybe even create something new.
NEW: Teatime Conversations
Meet in special interest groups, over tea, coffee and biscuits or cookies, and talk about a theme close to your heart.
This is your chance to meet other teachers, share, learn from each other and maybe create something new.
Each conversation has been suggested by one or two teachers, who are also the facilitators for each group.
You can just walk up to a session, no booking is required.
Teatime Conversations Presenters
Session Facilitators Count:
This is the list of all our confirmed teatime conversations and group facilitators, sorted by title.
Clare Maxwell and Eleni Vosniadou
USA, BrazilBrazil Clare Maxwell:
I have been teaching the Alexander Technique for 22 years and studying for over 30, and was active as a dancer, teacher, and choreographer in the experimental dance community in NYC for most of that time. I trained at ACAT/NYC, certified with Jessica Wolf in The Art of Breathing, and am engaged in a life-long study of developmental movement forms. I am the creator of Mobile Body Alignment™, a method of bringing awareness to the self in movement that harmonizes the nervous system, skeleton, and musculature. Mobile Body Alignment™ liberates the practitioner from negative self-consciousness, stiffness, and loss of ease. Inspired by my many years dancing and teaching the Alexander Technique, Mobile Body Alignment™ can be applied to any movement form or activity.
One of my main research interests in The Union is how to get new perspectives on my habitual assumptions, especially concerning the different roles of teaching and learning; a non-hierarchical, peer-to-peer work exchange structure is one way of doing this. I’m also very interested in the plasticity of our body schema, how to practice updating, refining, or changing this self image, and how that kind of practice affects our ability to organize and move ourselves in space.
I have been studying the Alexander Technique since 2006. Growing up in Greece, my first passion was classical music. I came across AT as a percussionist with chronic pain issues related to playing and after recovering through my study of AT I went on to train as an AT teacher in London. In 2012 I became certified as an AT teacher and later moved to Brazil, where I am now happily married. I am the founder and director of Consciência Corporal para Músicos®, an AT learning program for musicians and music teachers, where music makers can go deeper in the study of AT, learning to uncover the freedom and joy in their music making. I am also on the faculty of Total Vocal Freedom, an international program for singers to enhance their music performance skills through the Alexander Technique.
As a member of the Experimenters Union, my primary interest is to explore and research the inner life of the teacher; how common challenges faced by teachers are social issues within the community of education and when it comes to teaching a subject as deep and multifaceted as the Alexander Technique, those challenges can invoke a deeper understanding of AT principles and skills, when addressed without fear and self-judgement. Also, the Experimenters Union is a place where I can freely experiment with crazy teaching ideas and formats and receive a kind of feedback that provides insight different to what I get when receiving feedback from my students.
Victoria, AustraliaAustralia 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.
Mississippi, USAUSA Jennifer Mizenko loves all things movement, and is a Professor Emerita of Dance and Movement for the Actor at the University of Mississippi, where she taught movement and dance for 30years. She has a B.A. in Psychology, and an M.A. in dance. She studied period dance with Wendy Hilton and Richard Powers, T\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’ai Chi with Maggie Newman, the work of Growtoski with Grzegorz Bral in Poland and Anna-Helena McLean, of the Moon Fool Company, and Chekhov acting technique with MICHA. Jennifer is a teaching member of Alexander Technique International, and served as Chair of ATI. She is a Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analyst certified by LIMS, and yoga instructor from Yandara Yoga Institute. She regularly presents internationally at Laban and Alexander conferences and specializes in teaching Character Physicalization, integrating her knowledge of dance, LMA, Chekhov and the Alexander Technique. Jennifer is one of the co-authors of the The Laban Workbook for Actors, A Practical Guide with Video. Recently she has become a part of The Alexander Technique Liberation Project.
Michael Mah and Heather Campbell
CanadaCanada Michael Mah
Michael Mah was elected to the Council of Alexander Technique Canada, in 2018 as the Treasurer. A year later, he took on expanded duties as Secretary-Treasurer and has been instrumental in steering the professional body throughout the challenges of the pandemic. Most recently, he was appointed the chair of the Marketing Committee and is the project manager for its new comprehensive AT website coming soon.
As a passionate educator, Michael has presented masterclasses and workshops internationally on the Alexander Technique with a focus on interdisciplinary applications and functionality. He has an ongoing collaborative partnership with the University of British Columbia School of Music and has presented at the Vancouver College of Dental Hygiene. In his private practice, Michael enjoys guiding his students to using AT for the benefit of their unique talents and interests.
Michael completed his Alexander Technique Training at the Vancouver School of the Alexander Technique and continues his professional development at the International AT Congresses. Previously, he received a Bachelor of Music in Performance from the Eastman School of Music under the tutelage of Jon Manasse (Principal Clarinet, Soloist – Metropolitan Opera, New York Ballet)
Heather Campbell is a classically-trained pianist, accompanist and Alexander Technique teacher. She earned a Bachelor and Master of Music in Piano Performance, as well as a Master of Arts in Philosophy, and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature at the University of Toronto.
Heather has been teaching Alexander Technique since the 1990s and piano since the 1980s with a particular interest in the application of the Technique to music performance. In addition to her ongoing piano and Alexander Technique studio, international workshops and masterclasses, she is currently writing a comprehensive book on Alexander Technique at the piano.
Heather has worked and volunteered in the non-profit sector, mostly in a leadership capacity since the 1980s, including the National Ballet of Canada and the Canadian Opera Company. She co-founded and was President of The Healing Cycle Foundation for ten years, raising millions for palliative care in Ontario, Canada.
She is President of Alexander Technique Canada, former chair of its Professional Conduct Committee, has been an ATAS (Alexander Technique Affiliated Societies) representative for Canada since 2018 and recently was elected to the Secretariat of ATAS.
Heather’s 35 years of volunteerism has been recognized with local and national awards, including the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers from the Governor General of Canada in 2018.