In my carefree days I did whatever seemed easy and came my way. For a while it was the study of mathematics, then it was waitressing and then it was falling in love and marrying. Somewhere in my late twenties, I realized that wasn’t all there was, so with What Color is Your Parachute in hand, I began to search for my passion. I decided on the field of mind/body studies and the journey began. After graduating from the University of North Carolina with a major in Psychology and a minor in Movement Education, I still had not found my work in mind/body integration. Settling for a job with a national insurance company, I went to work with the dream still alive but not front and center. The insurance company had their home office in New York City and I figured that would be the perfect place to continue my explorations. Sure enough, eventually, it all happened. I was transferred to New York and began taking all kinds of interesting courses: Bartenieff Fundamentals, Laban Movement Analysis, Ideo-Kinesis, Body Mind Centering, Feldenkrais, and finally the Alexander Technique. I was looking to improve my posture, my coordination and my sense of wholeness and well-being. Also, I was looking for a career in something that I could stay committed to and not get bored or burnt out. My first experience of the Alexander Technique was in a week-long evening class. Almost instantly I was impressed by the essential nature of its principals and the effective way they were taught. That was in 1985 and I have been applying those principals to many aspects of my life. The journey goes on. I trained to teach the Technique at the American Center for the Alexander Technique in NYC, where I later served as the Executive Director for seven years and served on the faculty for 15 years. I’ve continued my studies in the art of teaching the Alexander Technique in many ways. Most notably, the Teacher Refresher Class with Walter Carrington, the Art of Breathing with Jessica Wolf, the teacher with whom I first studied, and Practice Not Perfection with Barbara Kent. I lived in New Jersey and worked in NYC for 22 years. I taught the Technique at Mannes College of Music and the New School University before moving to Syracuse, NY in 2005. I received a grant to document the teaching of Judith Leibowitz, a prominent Alexander teacher and founder of ACAT. The resulting book, Dare To Be Wrong, was published by Mornum Time Press in 2007. In Syracuse, I teach at the Setnor College of Music as well as individual and shared lessons at my studio in the Delavan Center. I collaborate with acting and music teachers to give an Alexander experience to students of the performing arts. I give introductory workshops for a wide variety of audiences. I give lectures on special topics, like applying the Alexander Technique to practice and performance, preventing back pain, breathing coordination, and inspiring children to get to know their bodies. When not teaching, I live with my husband John and my personal trainer—our pet dog Jenny. We enjoy being residents of the SALT District, where a lively community is reviving the Near West Side. I have a passion for colorful fabrics and make quilts for beauty and inspiration.
The Alexander Technique of Syracuse
Certified Teacher of the Alexander Technique