Ease of Movement Classes

Bartenieff Fundamentals,
Bartenieff Fundamentals are gentle patterns to enliven the whole body with breathing, grounding and developmental sequences. Practicing BF can enhance your movement quality and coordination and help balance, mobility, stability and recuperation from pain. Integration of body, mind and emotion are playfully explored through rhythms, energies and movement scales.

13 classes, $163 ($12.50/class, or $15/class drop in
Tuesday mornings, 9 - 10:30
September 3 - December 3, 2013

(no class 11/26/13)  classes meet at:
The Studio, 700 S. Dubuque St., Iowa City, IA
Call 319 621 1803 to register

Alexander Technique

The Alexander Technique is a simple and effective method for improving the “use of self.” Students become aware of habitual uses of their bodies and learn to use consciouschoice for positive change..

The Alexander Technique is taught to Olympic athletes and at conservatories such as Juilliard and The Royal Academies of Music and Dramatic Arts.

The technique teaches skills useful to anyone who wishes to move better, support wellness or performance goals, and prevent/recover from injury, stress, and strain.

Individual lessons with Rachelle at 720 S. Dubuque St., Iowa City


Alexander Technique at the University of Iowa

Division of the Performing Arts
Call 335-2575 to register

Alumni Magazine article

Course description:  The Alexander Technique teaches "self-use": how our movement choices effect the results we achieve. It has been recognized as a simple but powerful way of improving physical skills and "presence." This course will introduce principles from the Alexander Technique in support of the performing arts: speaking, singing, playing an instrument, dancing and acting, however, the principles can easily be applied to many skills in daily life, as it addresses the underpinnings of movement.

Principles explored in this course will be: The poise of the head in fluid relationship to the spine; responses to gravity; developing sensory awareness and understanding the process of change; conscious use of of energy and direction to support natural phrasing; "body mapping" and experiential anatomy to clarify how movement takes place most easily.

Physical participation in this studio course will include laying, rolling, sitting, standing and locomotion. Alexander Technique is most often taught through light touch, thinking and visualization: Students will learn some principles of listening to information from their hands through touch, and how to learn through the kinesthetic information supplied by touch. Work outside of class time will include a journal, observations, and take-home questions. Students will be expected to practice daily and explore the use of the principles learned with their specific performance area or in service of other unique goals.


Adult Ballet   by registration only
Friday afternoons (contact Rachelle to register)

Come learn an organic Ballet technique taught at the Juilliard School by the Corvinos, focusing on healthy, joyful, expressive classical dance. Attention is given to musicality, weight transfer, placement and dynamics. There are many levels for each exercise, so beginners and experienced dancers can enjoy the same class.

Habeas Corpus Early Dance Project

sponsored by Arts a la Carte of Iowa

Habeas Corpus is an art cooperative directed by Mark McCusker and Darrell Taylor that affirms and advocates the body as art. Our ongoing Early Dance Project, co-directed by Rachelle Palnick Tsachor, practices the art of courtship, love and intrigue as experienced in the courtly ballrooms of the 15th - 19th centuries.

The Early Dance Project was formed in 2003, and has performed at the Iowa Renaissance Festival, University of Northern Iowa, and at Iowa City public schools along with QuintEssence, the early music recorder ensemble which regularly performs with our group.

Recent programs were based upon reconstructed social dances from the dancing manuals of Fabritio Caroso's Nobiltŕ di Dame (1600) and Il Ballarino (1580) , Thoinot Arbeau's Orchesography (1589) and Cesare Negri's Le Gratie d'Amore (1602), John Playford's English Dancing Master (1651), and the Baroque manuals of Louis Pécour, Raoul Auger Feuillet (1700) and André Lorin (c. 1686).

Habeas Corpus Early Dance Project is sponsored by Arts a la Carte, a not-for-profit organization in Iowa City supporting the Movement Arts, which provides rehearsal space for the company.  Our company is community based and inclusive dancers and musicians of all ages and abilities who share an interest in historical dance and music.  We are often joined by the English Country Dance Society of Iowa City.  Ruth Williams directs our music group.

Early Dance Project director Rachelle Palnick Tsachor earned her BFA in Dance at the Juilliard School and her Masters of Dance Research and Reconstruction at the City College of New York, where she studied Renaissance dance with Dr. Julia Sutton and Baroque dance with Wendy Hilton. She has taught period Movement and dance at the University of Iowa, where she is currently faculty at the School of Music. Tsachor has staged dances for the UI Madrigal Dinners for 10 years, the University of Iowa Theatres and Riverside Theatre in Iowa City. She as been invited to give presentations on Early Dance at the International Conference of Early Dance in Ghent, Belgium, the Society for Dance History Scholars, The Association of Theatre in Higher Education, the Association of Theatre Movement Educators, and the Laban Institute of Movement Studies. Tsachor is currently serving as managing editor for the forthcoming scholarly edition of André Lorin's late 1680's manu! script of Country Dances, which was commissioned by Louis XIV. Tsachor was a major consultant to the video "How to Dance through Time: The Majesty of Renaissance Dance."