Performing Arts


The Alexander Technique is taught in many of the top performing arts colleges and conservatories because it is an effective method for developing performer’s inner resources, both physical and emotional. It improves sensory awareness and deepens one’s self knowledge. Performers, whether they are dancers, actors or musicians, gain the subtle awareness that allows them to learn from the inside out.
The technique reduces stress and enhances skills by teaching students to release habits of excess tension. They learn to reconnect with the most basic elements of physical support and balance. This process also improves the accuracy and reliability of their kinesthetic sense.
To achieve advanced levels of skill, performing artists, rehearse and practice many hours a day. Lessons in the Alexander Technique teach them to change the subtle but extremely important aspects of posture and joint action that can make the difference between growing in strength and succumbing to repetitive stress injuries. Students learn to train with an economical use of energy; they achieve more with less effort.
As student’s posture improves they find that their breathing is better supported. This leads to more stamina and contributes to an increase in expressive range. It also substantially reduces anxiety. The Alexander Technique has helped many people to overcome stage fright. Performers are able to rid themselves of unwanted habits that may block them from realizing the fullest interpretation of their art.

Why Performers need the Alexander Technique
by Andrea Mathews
(emphasis on musicians)

Dance Magazine May 2004
By Janet Weeks

The Alexander Technique and the Actor
By Meade Andrews and Saura Bartner

Kinesthetic sense=sense of themselves in movement