Participants at a workshop at the Alexander Technique 9th International Congress 2011

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Photo of Gerda Druks-Kok, presenter at the Alexander Technique Congress 2015

workshop: mon 10 aug | details

When studying education and dance in The Netherlands during the early 1970’s, my interest in the Alexander Technique was triggered by one of my dance teachers. It was a quality of spontaneity, that caught my attention, interest and curiosity.

In 1978 I came to London to study under Patrick Macdonald. After qualifying in 1981, studying with M. Goldie, my curiosity and interest led me to explore what the common element was within the different teaching styles of the first generation teachers. It was with Marjorie Barlow and with Dr Barlow in the Alexander Institute that I was able to continue my work.

Since qualification in 1981 I have been in private practice; at present in Marylebone, Central London. From 1986, I have been teaching the Alexander Technique in the conservatory acting program (the London dramatic academy) at the London Centre of Fordham University, New York.

Over the years there has been a variety of other activities, like giving workshops, the occasional lecture or article and a few years assisting training Alexander teachers.

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