Dance and the Alexander Technique

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In Dance and the Alexander Technique, Rebecca Nettl-Fiol and Luc Vanier utilize their ten years of research on developmental movement and dance training to explore the relationship between a specific movement technique and the basic principles of support and coordination. The Alexander Technique, developed in the early twentieth century by F. M. Alexander, can be used to enhance dexterity in all types of activities, from everyday actions as mundane as tooth-brushing to highly demanding dance movements. Applying the tenets of this technique through the lens of a specific subset of principles called the Dart Procedures, the authors offer a unique approach for using the Alexander Technique in dance and other activities. The principles of this technique are used by people in all walks of life and have proven to be effective for enhancing performance and improving overall health and well-being.

Amply illustrated and supplemented with a DVD that demonstrates the concepts and applications of the Alexander Technique, this book will be highly instrumental for dancers, teachers of dance, and anyone interested in giving everyday movements more efficiency, dexterity, and elegance.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press; 1st Edition edition (June 16, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0252077938
  • ISBN-13: 978-0252077937
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds

Customer Reviews

Both subjects are dealt with in depth.

10 people found this helpful.
 on October 31, 2011
By Alexander Murray
The accompanying DVD is first-rate as are the photos. The text is well written and deals equally thoroughly with both subjects. A useful addition to writing on the Alexander Technique as well as unique approach to the study of Dance.

An excellent tool for any dance educator!

4 people found this helpful.
 on October 31, 2013
By Kathleen Becker
Are we aware and in control of how we move our bodies, or do we move from unconscious habit? How can one maintain presence and awareness within her/his dance technique? Working with the understanding that, as dancers, we are often muscling our way into “correct” technique and developing unconscious habits, Rebecca Nettl-Fiol and Luc Vanier explain how to work within our dance training and become conscious of our habits through Alexander technique. The book, Dance and the Alexander Technique, does a lovely job of integrating information around dance training, developmental movement, and Alexander technique.


2 people found this helpful.
 on May 14, 2014
By gardenfairy
This book is exactly what I’ve been looking for…. Finding practical application to dance of the Alexander Technique with procedures to do so

Well written book, great format.

6 people found this helpful.
 on February 7, 2012
By bookworm2277
I have to read this for an Alexander Techniques class, and I was reluctant to start it. I’ve had joint, back, and muscle problems for years, and so far, I have found a deeper understanding on how to prevent my pain to a certain degree. I also have found the lives of Alexander instructors interesting, and would recommend this book to anyone interested in bettering themselves or to understand movement and preventative measures for muscles injuries caused by our habits.

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