January 2014 News:  Bartenieff Class begins 1/21/14

It is a new year, with so much potential for good.   I hope it finds you well.  If exploring your embodiment is one of your hopes for this year, join us for Bartenieff Fundamentals floor class, any Tuesday morning, beginning tomorrow, January 21, through April 8, 2014.  Classes meet Tuesday mornings, 9 - 10:30, at 700 S. Dubuque St., just one building north from my practice.  Join us to move, stretch, and feel more coordinated and balanced.

Since I last  wrote to you, many good things have happened:  In October, I was an intern with the Center for Mind Body Medicine, at the Professional Training Program in San Francisco. The Center teaches medical doctors, mental health care providers, nurses and so many others how to re-frame healthcare so self-care techniques are at the center of wellness--things like breathing, movement, meditation, imagery, and the creative arts practiced in a group to help us connect to ourselves and connect to others more deeply.  In Iowa City, I attended the Globah Health Studies workshop on disaster relief, taught Alexander Technique, Laban Movement Studies and Mind-Body Medicine at the UI, and had the privilege of working with so many of you.  I'm just now back from 10 days in NYC, where I taught in the graduate level Certification Program in Laban Movement Studies, and enjoyed attending the Freedom to Act Conference on Acting and the Alexander Technique.

It has been a big year for research for me.  Just before the academic year started, my article on Somatic Movement Therapy Methodologies was published in a blind, peer-reviewed journal, the JLMS, and my research partner, Dr. Tal Shafir, gave a TEDx lecture presenting some of our research findings in the last 5 mintues of the talk: How your Body Affects your Happiness .

I hope to see or hear from many of you in the coming months, to have the chance to move and share together.

Wishing you a joyful 2014,

Rachelle

August 2013 News:  Bartenieff Class begins 9/3/13

It has been a beautiful summer. I am back in Iowa City and look forward to reconnecting with many of you in classes, in individual sessions or just to say hello and hear how you are.

Bartenieff Fundamentals floor class begins September 3, 2013, in just a few weeks. Classes meet Tuesday mornings, 9 - 10:30, at 700 S. Dubuque St., just one building north from my practice.  Join us to move, stretch, and become more embodied.

Fall classes at the UI are currently full, and I won't be offering Alexander Technique at the Senior Center until the Spring, so please feel free to come by the Tuesday morning class and give it a try or come in to my practice.

I've been traveling to work with movement in many places since I last wrote:  In May, I took part in the leadership retreat of the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies, at their beautiful new location in Brooklyn. Then, back to Iowa City, where I enjoyed teaching a large group of eager students at the Iowa City Senior Center, and also a 3-week Alexander Technique intensive course at the UI...  In both courses watching the unfolding of ease, grace and balance through movement awareness.

In June, my big adventure began.  It started in NYC, where I had the privilege of seeing projects presented by the graduating Certified Movement Analysts who I've been teaching and advising for two years, to welcome them into the profession, and to teach a new group just starting their program.  I flew next to Edinburgh, Scotland, as a guest teacher in Moving Forth's certification program in Laban Movement Studies, teaching senior Dance/Movement Therapists from the UK, Hong Kong, Romania, Poland, Croatia and the US. 

In Israel in July, I was invited back to teach a 3-day intensive in the at Wingate Institute's Israeli Integrative Center for Group Counseling.  At Wingate, I also held a meeting with Laban Movement Professionals in Israel, where we shared insights into movement, healing and the process of change.   Then, I went to the Shiluv Mind-Body Center in the Galilee, which housed two intensive courses where I taught Developmental Movement through Bartenieff Fundamentals and Introduction to Laban Movement Analysis.  It was held at beautiful Hope Village, a residential community for people with special needs.  I stayed in Bethlehem of the Galilee, in a 500 year old stone building built by the Templars, and had many peaceful evenings there.    

Looking forward to moving with you soon, and hearing about your lives.

Rachelle

 

Spring News:   Iowa City Classes begin Jan 29, 2013

It has been a while since I've seen many of you. 
I hope the New Year finds you well, and finding opportunities for self-care and awareness.


Since Dec 8th, I've been traveling, working with movement and the wonderful people who explore it.  In December, it was a privilege to connect through movement in Israel, where I taught classes & a workshop on Somatic Movement Approaches to Trauma at Wingate's Israeli Integrative Center for Group Counseling and the University of Haifa, took part in a symposium of Laban Movement Professionals in Israel, visited Reut High School of the Performing Arts, and spent many hours writing up results from our research on bodily movement and emotions with neuro-kinesiologist Dr. Tal Shafir.

In January in New York City, it has been a joy to coordinate and teach in the Laban/Barteneiff Institute of Movement Studies certification program, training college professors, teachers and artists in the language of movement.  Here in NYC, I reconnected with some recent Iowa Alums, and saw their beautiful movement work here.

While the travels and work have been rewarding, I have missed seeing so many of you in Iowa City, and wonder what the winter has brought your way.  I'll be back in Iowa next week, and very much look forward to reconnecting with you soon.  Please email or call me if you'd like to set up sessions or come to a class.

warmly yours,

Rachelle

2013 Ease of Movement Class schedule is below

Floor class: Bartenieff Fundamentals
14 classes, 175 (12.50/class)
or $15/class drop-in
At The Studio
700 S. Dubuque St., Iowa City
Tuesdays, 9-10:30 am
Jan 29-May 7, 2013 (except 3/19)
Call 621-1803 to register

AT at The Center, 28 S. Linn St., Iowa City
Fridays, 9-10:30am
May 3, 10, 17 & 31, 2013 (no class 5/24)
Call 356-5220 to register
AT & Laban at the University of Iowa
Division of the Performing Arts
Call 335-2575 to register

 

News:  Fall 2012

I'm happy to be back in Iowa City, deepening movement experience and discovery daily.
It will be good to see many of you in classes, which begin September 4 (see below), in individual sessions or just to say hello and hear how you are.

It has been an amazing summer. In May, the Alexander Technique intensive at the University of Iowa was full of bright people learning self-empowerment through movement, and the class at the Iowa City Senior Center had many adult learners making breakthroughs in understanding how awareness of everyday movement choices can reduce their aches and pains.

In Israel in June and July, I helped organize the first ever meetings of Laban Movement Professionals in Israel, and enjoyed sharing perspectives and moving with the wise and wonderful women pioneering somatic movement in Israel. I taught a 3-day intensive at the Wingate Institute's Israeli Integrative Center for Group Counseling, facilitated an open studio there and began to set up ongoing joint programs to train professionals in Laban Movement Studies and Somatic Movement at both Wingate and the University of Haifa in partnership with the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies. It was also a time to reconnect with many dear friends, and have renewal time on the shore of the Mediterranean sea

In Cyprus during July, I taught a 3-day Alexander Technique intensive at the Music Conservatory in Nicosia, and a one-day workshop at the Cyprus School for the School for the Blind, as well as teaching many individual musicians. This was all organized by Catalina Teican and Menlauos Menlau, who saw the need for movement education in Cyprus and brought me out to teach.

Since my last news letter, I was promoted to Adjunct Associate Professor at the UI, and completed certification in Mind-Body Medicine with the Center for Mind-Body Medicine in DC. I enjoy facilitating MBM groups here in Iowa with the Eastern Iowa Coalition for Mind-Body Medicine and teaching Mind-Body Medicine in the UI's first course in CAM, through the Global Health Studies program, and a Mind-Body Medicine First-Year Seminar through the School of Music.

Looking forward to moving with you soon, and hearing about your lives.

Rachelle

2012 Ease of Movement Classes

Floor classes: Bartenieff Fundamentals
12 classes, 150 or $15/class

At The Studio, 700 S. Dubuque St., Iowa City
Tuesdays, 9-10:30 am, Sept 4 - Nov. 27, 2012 (no class 11/20)
Call 621-1803 to register

At The Center, 28 S. Linn St., Iowa City
Fridays, 9-10:30am
Sept. 7 - Nov. 30, 2012 (no class 11/23)
Call 356-5220 to register

University of Iowa, Continuing Education
Courses in Laban Movement Studies, Alexander Technique, Mind-Body Mediine
Call 335-2575 to register

 

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Rachelle's August 2011 News

Fall 2011 classes begin in August!

Bartenieff Fundamentals  Gentle Floor Class
Aug 30 - Dec 13, 2011
Tuesdays, 9-10:30 am
15 classes, 125 or $15/class
at City Ballet: 700 S. Dubuque St., Iowa City
Call 621-1803 to register

Alexander Technique
Nov 4, 18, Dec 2, 9, 2011
4 classes, $50, or $15/class

The Center, 28 S. Linn St., Iowa City
Call 356-5220 to register

Classes at the University of Iowa

Alexander Technique, Laban Movement Studies, Healing Arts

August 23 - December 16, 2011
Division of the Performing Arts and Division of Continuing Education
Call 335-2575 to register

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Rachelle's July 2011 News

I'm back in Iowa City and working with individuals on movement.

May and June have been full.

Teaching May intensive Alexander Technique course at the Universsity of Iowa was lovely.  The class was full and the students engaged in deep learning and discovery.

The day the UI class ended, I drove east to teach in the Certified Movement Analyst program for the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies.  I taught in the NYC program for 4 days and did some research at LIMS, then drove to Cambridge, MA, to teach 15 days in their Lesley University Program.   Trainees at both programs were amazing movers, sensitive, inquisitive and embodied. 

On the way home, I stopped in Ann Arbor to work on research with Dr. Tal Shafir. 

Classes will start again in late August and run through December.

Looking foward to moving together again here.

Rachelle

 

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Rachelle's late Spring news:

I'll be teaching the following classes through June 3rd in Iowa City, and would enjoy moving with you or those you refer in class, or in individual sessions.

Ease of Movement with Bartenieff Fundamentals
Floor classes of developmental movement patterns and gentle stretching will continue through May 31st
Tuesdays, 9-10:30am, May 10, 17, 24, 31 at City Ballet, 700 S. Dubuque St., Iowa City
Join us any class. Drop in fee $15/class

Alexander Technique at the Iowa City Senior Center
Teaching basic principles and how to use them for easier movement in everyday life.
Classes are generally quite small, with lots of time for individual attention and work on your goals.
Fridays 9-10:30am, May 13, 20, 27, June 3, 2011
To enroll, call the Center 356 5220
Course fee $50 or $15 drop in

Alexander Technique 3 week Intensive at the UI
In-depth introduction to Alexander Technique principles and practice, meeting 3.5 hours daily, enough time to really support making the changes you want to make.
Tuesdays-Fridays 1 - 4:30, May 16 - June 3rd, 2011
To enroll, call UI Saturday and Evening classes 319 335-2575

Mind-Body Medicine Skills groups
I'm working with the Eastern Iowa Coalition for Mind-Body Medicine offering 10 week skills groups through a grant from Rockwell-Collins and the Greater Cedar Rapids Foundation. The groups I lead end in May, but there will be some new groups starting in June, led by experienced members of the coalition. The grant pays for your participation, so taking the 10 week course is free. If you would like to take part in a group, contactKristi Cooper, Family Life Specialist, Iowa State University Extension, Office: 319 377-9839 <kcoop@iastate.edu>

I'm thrilled to begin teaching this program in the Fall to UI first-year students as a seminar.

I'll also be teaching in NYC June 6-23rd:

Certification Program in Laban Movement Studies at the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies (LIMS)
Modular training program that meets in Jan and June each year training movement analysts.
I also coordinate LIMS continuing education program for those studying to become Registered Somatic Movement Therapists.

Wishing you all a rejuvenating Spring.

Rachelle

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Jan 2011

Classes begin January 18, 2011

Rachelle's News:  
It has been a joy to take part in many recent presentations, trainings and conferences

I've also enjoyed continuing to teach at the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies in NYC, where I teach twice yearly in the Certification Program for Movement Analysis and also coordinate a Continuing Education Program for Certified Movement Analysts.

This year, I also became involved in research, working as a Laban Movement Analyst with researchers at the University of Michigan on a study:  Effects of Performance, Imagery, and Observation of Movements on Brain Activation and Function