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How can the Alexander Technique help performers?
Singers, dancers, actors and musicians study the Technique to reduce performance anxiety, lessen the likelihood of injury and enhance stage presence. By learning how to relieve tension in the neck and back, singers and actors experience fuller breathing and improved vocal quality. By learning how to hold themselves and the instrument with less tension, musicians experience playing with greater ease, resulting in improved sound quality. Dancers learn how to move with more freedom and less tension. Study of the Alexander Technique enables sharp focus, a highly refined sensory awareness, efficient use of energy, improved balance and coordination and an inner sense of calm.
The Alexander Technique is taught in conservatory and university programs around the world, including: The Juilliard School, Ohio State University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, New England Conservatory of Music, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, American Dance Festival, Yale School of Drama, San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theater, UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. A list of schools nationwide in which AmSAT members are teaching the Alexander Technique can be found here.
Some renowned actors and musicians who have studied the Alexander Technique include: Julie Andrews, William Hurt, Jeremy Irons, James Earl Jones, Paul McCartney, Kelly McGillis, Hilary Swank, Annette Bening, Patti Lupone, Paul Newman, Sting, Maggie Smith, Mary Steenburgen, Robin Williams, Joanne Woodward, and members of the New York Philharmonic.