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Bruce Fertman

Photo: Soomin Park

Photo: Soomin Park

In Bruce’s class you feel as if you are sitting by a deep, soft lake. His pace and patience, his quiet confidence allows people to unfold and open layer by layer. The superfluous falls away leaving only life’s inner vitality effortlessly expressing itself through you.

He is the embodiment of his work. His touch is like a butterfly settling down on the very turning point of your soul. And then you know, “That’s who I am, that is who I could be.”

M. Tueshaus, Alexander Teacher / Tango Teacher/ Equestrian

Having done so for 30 years, Bruce continues to teach annually in Europe, Asia, and the United States helping people experience the interconnectedness between physical and spiritual grace.

In 1982, Bruce co-founded the Alexander Alliance International, an intergenerational, multicultural community/school, now with programs in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, England, Japan, Korea, Australia, and America. He trained with five first generation Alexander teachers, most notably with Marjorie L. Barstow, with whom he apprenticed and assisted for 12 years, and also with Elisabeth Walker, Erika Whittaker, Richard M. Gummere, Jr., and Catherine Wielopolska.

For ten years Bruce trained as a gymnast with Olympic coaches, and with Dan Millman, receiving a full scholarship to Penn State University. He was a professional modern dancer for 12 years, completing his Master’s degree in Modern Dance and Movement Re-education at Temple University. Bruce studied Tai Chi Chu’an in New York City at the Shr Jung Institute and in Philadelphia with Cheng man Ching’s six senior American students for 8 years, and also for 8 years with Shuji Maruyama who, as a boy, lived and trained with Morihei Ueshiba, the founder of Aikido. Bruce was awarded a scholarship to study at the Uresenke School of Tea in Kyoto, Japan, with Iemoto Soshitsu Sen, the 15th generation grand tea master. He studied Argentine Tango in Buenos Aires, Berlin, and Rome. Bruce trained in Kyudo, Zen Archery, in Osaka, Japan where he lives and teaches half the year.

In addition to training Alexander Technique teachers, Bruce 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 for Jeong Ga Ak Hoe. He taught for the Five College Dance Program in Amherst, Massachusetts for 13 years, for the Tango community in Buenos Aires, and for 6 years, Bruce taught movement for actors at Temple and Rutgers University. For ten years Bruce taught annually for the College of Physiotherapy in Gottingen.

Bruce’s heart centered approach as an Alexander teacher rests upon his extensive training in psychology and theology. Having studied the work of Eric Berne, (Transactional Analysis), Carl Rogers, (Person Centered Therapy), Frederick Perls, (Gestalt Therapy), Albert Ellis, (Rational-Emotive Therapy), Carl Jung, (Analytical Psychology), Byron Katie, (Inquiry), and Claudio Naranjo, (Enneatypal Psychology), as well as having studied with Jewish, Christian, and Buddhist scholars, Bruce’s teaching not only transforms people physically; it creates a decided shift in peoples’ personal and spiritual lives.

Author of  Teaching By Hand/Learning By HeartBruce is currently at work on two books, The Dismantling of the Ego – Somatic Musings Inspired by and in Honor of Claudio Naranjo, and The Unsentimental Practice of Love – Learning How to Serve.

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

 

 

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