A Helping Hand and a Shoulder to Lean On:
Freeing Your Shoulders and Arms with Alexander Technique
* This course is open for professional performing artists and everyone interested in movement as well as mental and physical wellbeing.
* The course is held in English.
Are you carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders? Shouldering a burden that’s dragging you down? In this 2 day workshop you will discover the transformative power of the Alexander Technique for your shoulders and arms. You will develop a better understanding of how our arms and shoulders relate to back and neck issues, why we often feel stress first in the shoulders, and what we can do to release tension, move with greater ease, and free ourselves from the weight of stress and discomfort. Rethinking your arms and shoulders can lift you out of old patterns for a new sense of lightness and freedom.
Tom Koch | BIO
Tom Koch pursued his Bachelor of Arts in Theater, at University of Missouri-Kansas City. Chronic back pain caused him to end his pursuit of acting and dancing, and instead led him to study the Alexander Technique. After being certified to teach in 1987 by the American Center for the Alexander Technique in New York, he was a pioneer in integrating the Alexander technique with ballet movement and education, particularly for resolving chronic pain and repetitive injuries. He was for years the Alexander technique teacher for William Forsythe’s groundbreaking Ballet Frankfurt (later the Forsythe Company). He has also taught group and private lessons for La Biennale di Venezia College Danza, the Sydney Dance Company (pre-professional year), L’Artère in Quebec, Studio 303 in Montreal, Netherlands Dance Theater, the Dutch National Ballet, Chunky Move Dance Company in Melbourne, Henny Jurriëns Stichting in Amsterdam, Tanztheater Wuppertal (Pina Bausch) and many others. His work is not limited to dance but includes a wide range of artists in all forms of dance, music and theater. He also has taught the technique to doctors, writers, scientists, secretaries, architects and police agents. Since 2006 he has collaborated with his former student Anouk van Dijk, creator of CounterTechnique, in teaching at the annual One Body One Career (OBOC) two-week intensive workshop for dancers. OBOCs were first hosted in Amsterdam, followed by six years in Melbourne. OBOCs were most recently held in Montréal (2019), New York (2022) and Amsterdam (2019-2022).
SAT 6.5.2023 at 15.30-18.30 o’clock
SUN 7.5.2023 at 11-15 o’clock
Tehtaankatu 27-29, Helsinki
Members, who reserve their spot before 24.3.2023:
90€ (+ member fee 25€)
Members after 24.3.:
100€ ( + member fee 25€)
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EXTRA TRAINING SESSIONS:
SAT 13.5. @ 11-12.30
SAT 20.5. @ 12-13.30
SAT 27.5. @ 11-12.30
Place: Kulttuurikeskus Sähinä, Heikkiläntie 10, Lauttasaari, Helsinki
Extra training sessions are free for the course participants who pay the member fee. During the sessions (1,5h) we revisit the content of the latest course as well as the content of all the courses the association has organised since 2017.
If you are not a member, the price for the extra training session is 10€.
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