ABOUT CLARE

The moving human body has always been a source of wonder to me. We all have a meaningful and joyful connection to our bodies and a natural trust in our own physical intelligence, but sometimes it gets broken or trained out of us. I can show you a way back that maximizes joy and minimizes pain, helping each student to find movement pathways free of discomfort. I have a profound faith in human resilience and in the Alexander Technique as a means of accessing that resilience, based on 33 years of study and 19 years of teaching.

I trained in many different techniques before I made the choice to dedicate myself to the Alexander work. My standards for myself as a performer were extremely high, to the point of being physically destructive. The Alexander work was the perfect antidote to my own skewed attitudes and misunderstandings about how to achieve “excellence.” The Technique became the foundation upon which I built a sustainable career as an independent dance artist and is the basis of my daily practice to this day.

I am certified as a teacher by The American Society for the Alexander Technique, have served on the board and various committees for many years. I completed my training at The American Center for the Alexander Technique in New York City and taught on the volunteer faculty there for 10 years. I have a post-graduate certificate from Alexander Teacher Jessica Wolf in The Art of Breathing, and have done extensive post-graduate work in the Dart Procedures with Joan and Alex Murray, Marie Stroud, and Luc Vanier. I currently teach in person one day a week a Balance Arts in Manhattan, and offer private lessons and Mobilignment™ dance classes online. I currently lead Mastermind Groups for other embodiment innovators who want to build a thriving online business.

How did I first encountered the Alexander Technique and why do I teach it?

Download the PDF of “My Story” to find out.

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WHERE I TEACH

Movement ResearchBalance Arts Center


PLACES I HAVE TAUGHT

What is special about Clare?

YOUR UNIQUE RELATIONSHIP WITH YOUR BODY

You already have a unique connection to your body, particular to you, that developed before you could even speak. This connection, unique in each person, is at core of my work. You might have lost contact with it, but I assure you it is there. Once we find that golden thread, I can help you build up and out into your life from this foundation, improving postural tone, discovering a more accurate body map so that you no longer engage in damaging movement patterns that may have caused problems. You will learn to move right on past limiting assumptions about what your body can do. Bye bye assumptions!

Yes, I know a lot about bodies. I know a lot about posture. I know a lot about balance and movement. But you already have  your own native language, and without it, real learning won’t happen. It will just be layered over your body on the outside, and you won’t be able to use it when you really need it.

Working this way is maybe not be for everyone! Movement and fitness and learning about the body don’t have to be this deep, and to be honest, every lesson is not necessarily profound. Some are quite mundane and practical. But I’ve been teaching for over 20 years, and I live for the deep, undeniable joy of this connection between you and your body. It lights you up and guides your way through thick and thin. If this is what you instinctively know you need, you can book a 15 minute free consult here to see if you’d like to work with me!


THE DART PROCEDURES: LENGTHENING THROUGH THE CURVES OF YOUR SPINE

I use the Dart Procedures and developmental movement to help you re-balance tension in your musculature and reset the balance between the spine’s forward (secondary) and backward (primary) curves, which may have become compressed or rigid from long-held habits of use. The Dart work is one of the key inspirations for Mobilignment™, which maps the body from the point of view of the central nervous system.

Read more about Raymond Dart (PDF)
Read more about The Dart Process (PDF)


THE ART OF BREATHING: BREATH IS LIFE

There is nothing more important to your quality of life than breathing. Breathing transfers energy from oxygen in the air to your bloodstream. It keeps you alive. During the time it takes you to peruse this website, up to eight gallons of blood will flow through your heart and brain and lungs brain so that you can understand what you are reading. You wouldn’t be able to stop breathing if you tried. To simply be aware of the ongoing movement of breath in your body throughout the day is a great gift. Breath is life itself.

Every Alexander lesson at its most basic level is about coordinating the use of your body with the movement of breathing. The whole reason to move in a spacious and efficient way is to breathe as freely as possible, getting maximum effect and energy with minimum effort, at rest or in action. If it meets your needs, I will focus more deeply on respiratory function and vocal production. Find out more about the Art of Breathing, in which I am certified.