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Redirecting Unnecessary Tension Into Useful Energy – An Introduction to the Alexander Technique with Robyn Avalon and Bruce Fertman – July 28th, 2018 – Iowa City, Iowa.

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Photo: B. Fertman

What is the Alexander Technique?

Whether we are dancing, hammering a nail, working at a computer, singing an aria, or walking to the store we possess an inherent capacity to move naturally. Moving naturally promotes ease, flexibility, power and expressiveness.

Unwittingly, we often interfere with our anatomical design. Energy, poise, and ease give way to effort, tension and fatigue.

The Alexander Technique gives us a working knowledge of the principles governing human coordination. The Alexander Technique teaches us how to be, at once, relaxed and ready, soft and strong, light and substantial, firm and flexible. Through study, we become capable of redirecting excessive effort into useful energy.  Becoming more effortlessly upright, we also find ourselves coming down to the ground, to a place where we can function simply, comfortably and appreciatively.

For Whom is this Workshop?

This workshop is for two groups of people. One, for people wanting to be introduced to the Alexander Technique, and two, for people who directly use their hands in their work to help people: physical and occupational therapists, bodyworkers, movement teachers, nurses and hospice workers. F.M. Alexander evolved a way of using his hands that effortlessly and powerfully brought people into contact with their innate coordination and support. Upon first experiencing such a touch it seems magical but in fact, it is not. It is technical and learnable.

It is not everyday that two internationally renowned Alexander teachers give a workshop in Iowa City. Please consider joining us and taking advantage of this opportunity.

Anita Mischuk – Alexander Technique Teacher, Iowa City.

About Bruce Fertman

Photo by: Anchan of B. Fertman

Bruce trained with five, first generation Alexander teachers: Catherine Merrick Wielopolska, Marjorie L. Barstow, Richard M. Gummere Jr., Elisabeth Walker, and Erika Whittaker. He brings a lifetime of training as a movement artist and educator to his work as an Alexander teacher having trained in Gymnastics, Modern Dance, Ballet, Contact Improvisation, Tai Chi Chu’an, Aikido, Japanese Tea Ceremony, Argentine Tango, and Kyudo.

He has worked with members of the Berlin Philharmonic, Radio France, The National Symphony in Washington DC, the Honolulu Symphony, for the Curtis Institute of Music, and most recently for Jeong Ga Ak Hoe, a traditional Korean Music Ensemble in Seoul, Korea. Bruce taught for the Five College Dance Program in Amherst, Massachusetts for 13 years, and for the Tango community in Buenos Aires. For 6 years, he taught movement for actors at Temple and Rutgers University.

For ten years Bruce taught annually for the College of Physiotherapy in Gottingen, Germany.

In 1982, Bruce co-founded the Alexander Alliance with Martha Hansen Fertman, an intergenerational, multicultural community/school, the first Alexander teacher training program inspired primarily by the work of Marjorie Barstow. Currently, director of education and senior teacher for the Alexander Alliance  Germany, Bruce also teaches annually for Alexander Alliance training programs in Japan, Korea, England, Switzerland, Austria, and America.

Bruce has been using his hands to help people for 55 years.

About Robyn Avalon

Lyra Butler-Denman and Robyn Avalon

Robyn has been studying Alexander’s work for over 40 years, being first introduced to it as a young performing artist. She has worked with members of renowned opera companies, symphony orchestras, music ensembles, music conservatories, dance companies, and circuses including the American Ballet Theater, NYC Ballet, Joffery Ballet, Paul Taylor, Twyla Tharp, Alvin Ailey, Merce Cunningham, Maria Benitez, Meredith Monk, Orpheus, the Juilliard School, the Meadowmount School of Music, Cirque de Soleil, and Ringling Bros/Barnum & Bailey. Robyn has also taught for the US Olympic Dressage Team, the Ladies Professional Golf Association, and the Texas “Aggies” Football Team. She offers continuing education workshops at National Conventions for Osteopathic Physicians, Dentistry, Fiber Arts, National Opera Association, NATS, Suzuki, and Centered Riding.

Robyn is a professional director, choreographer, and dancer. She was a founding member of two rhythm tap companies, and has done international and national tours, Off-Broadway, film and television. Her work has been seen in venues as diverse as NYC’s Blue Note Jazz Club, Carnegie Hall, and The White House.

In addition to her love for the performing arts, Robyn enjoys the healing arts, and is a certified practitioner of Cranial Sacral, Visceral Unwinding, Deep Imagery®, and Matrix Energetics®.

Robyn is the founding director of the Contemporary Alexander School, and co-director of the Alexander Alliance International and is on the core faculty of all Alexander Alliance Schools.

Workshop Details:

When: July 28th, 2018 from 10am until 6pm.

Where: East-Westschool of Integrative Healing Arts, 2711 Muscatine Ave., Iowa City, IA

Cost: $150, early registration by June 1st. After June 1st, $200. Full-time students – $150.

How to Register: People can register with me, Anita Mischuk:, phone: 319-535-0510.




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