Alexander Technique for performers

Daily Alexander semi-supine practise
Daily Alexander ‘semi-supine’ practice
Having first encountered Alexander work over twenty years ago, I was fortunate that it was an integral part of my cello study. Lessons with Vivien Mackie and Rhuna Martin at “Gathering of the Clans” cello courses as a teenager had a strong influence. I experienced not only a greater physical ease in playing but also powerful moments where I felt enabled to reach an optimal state of performance, a flow or alpha state. I have found that working on awareness and attention through the Alexander Technique has helped me to access that more readily, to be more available to express the music.

I studied Alexander work intensively with Bryan McKenna during my cello studies with Alexander Baillie in Bremen, Germany. I then trained as an Alexander teacher with Ilana Machover, at her full-time STAT school in Queens’ Park, London, qualifying in 2012. I recently completed a two-year Alexander Alliance International postgraduate programme with Bruce Fertman, focusing on teaching in groups and working in activities and situations.

I am an assistant Alexander teacher at the Royal College of Music and a regular guest teacher at the Junior Department of the Royal Academy of Music. From 2012-15 I was an assistant teacher at Arts Ed drama school and now teach singers at Associated Studios, for large groups led by Penny O’ Connor. I offer individual lessons, small group teaching and also larger workshops, including as a certified teacher of a ten-week Foundation Course for Young Musicians.

I particularly enjoy working with performing artists on their awareness and use during practise and performance, and the greater ease and expression that this can allow.


ALEXANDER WORKSHOP: Freedom, ease & choice, in activities & in life.

What is FM Alexander’s technique, and how could it help me? 
Could I do what I do with more ease, less pain, and more awareness?

Come for this taster workshop and if you wish please bring an activity to work on. Perhaps something you practise in yoga, tai chi, or your musical instrument or even a daily household chore! 
We will work with you in this activity, as well as whole group games, individual attention and constructive rest. Mats provided for lying down work but do bring your own yoga mat and a blanket if you prefer.

Alexander Technique has been taught for over a century and is now offered in many music and drama colleges around the world. Invaluable for performing artists, it also can bring effective long-term relief for back pain and help us be more often in the present moment. 
Poppy Walshaw and Camila Carezzato Ganc both qualified as Alexander teachers with Ilana Machover in London five years ago. 
Poppy is a baroque cellist, performing throughout Europe, and is in Lisbon twice a year. She has taught Alexander in groups at London’s Royal College of Music and ArtsEd drama school, as well as running group workshops in London and Lisbon. 

Camila is a dancer, dance movement therapist, yoga and taijiquan practitioner as well as a practicing Alexander teacher, holistic massage therapist and private movement coach. She has been teaching groups and working therapeutically with individuals in São Paulo (since 2003), London (since 2010) and is now working at various different wellness retreats in Portugal (since 2014). She is passionate about the sustainability of the body day-to-day, whatever the activity may be, and is especially interested in working with performing artists.

Saturday 16th September, 2:30-5:30pm.  
Cost: 20 euros.

Academia de Música Antiga de Lisboa

Rua Abílio Lopes do Rego, 8

1200-601 Lisboa

Ample parking available.

Tuition will be in English and Portuguese.

All welcome- fine to just turn up, but appreciated if you can let us know in advance!


2 thoughts on “Alexander Technique for performers

  1. Dear Poppy, I have just read the program of VHS at Osnabrück and will try to get a place in a “Schnupperkurs Alexander-Technik”, only 3 hours. To do exercises for my back is so boring and I do it very seldom… so maybe if I get contact to something that helps me to get better ways of “Körperhaltung” this would be very good! LG Karin Brackhagen

    P.S. Where do you do exercises (photo) on the black sand? Is it Lanazarote? Or La Palma?


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