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September 23, 2020 6:00–7:00 pm
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Easing Tension Through Mindful Movement: An Introduction to Alexander Technique

Partnership with Duke Arts Create & DuWell

Taught by Shawn Copeland

About the Workshop

Do you have tension in your neck or back? Do you feel fatigued after sitting for a long time at a desk? Do you stretch, but the tension just doesn’t go away? We all have some version of this in our lives. As many of us continue to look to ergonomics, braces, and medication for answers, most of us never stop to consider that what is going on in our bodies is in fact the result of the choices that we make, consciously or unconsciously, to the stimuli in our lives.

In this workshop we will introduce you to mindful movement practices through the Alexander Technique. We will explore some simple changes in your thinking and daily movement patterns that can lead to less tension and greater creative freedom in all of your work.

We should all be able to work freely and explore our passions free from tension and pain. The Alexander Technique can help!

About the Instructor

Dr. Shawn L. Copeland, Associate Professor of Clarinet and Alexander Technique at the University of Idaho, is a highly sought after musician, teacher, and clinician. As a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique, he has worked with thousands of musicians and performers over the past seventeen years, helping them to find expressive freedom in their movement and recover from performance related injuries. Dr. Copeland’s teaching combines cutting edge research in the field, with neuroscience, learning theory, and nervous sytem energy work to form an approach that is concise, clear, and practical. He is the Co-Director of Training for the Inter-Mountain Alexander Training Program where he and William Conable are developing an innovative model for training new teachers of the Technique. There, he is exploring the expression of gender in movement and the nature of gendered touch.

About the Location

This workshop will meet online via Zoom. See link at top of page.

About Duke Arts Create

Duke Arts Create is a series of free, hands-on arts workshops designed to help all Duke students, including graduate and professional students (including Duke Health), as well as Duke faculty and staff develop a variety of creative skills in the visual arts, dance and movement, creative writing and more. Workshops are open to all skill levels and backgrounds. Most workshops are held in the Duke Arts Annex, the Rubenstein Arts Center or the Duke Arts Office 2101 and are typically held weeknights from 6-8 p.m.

Registration for the following week’s workshops go live on Friday mornings at 9 a.m. – sign up in advance to guarantee your spot. Didn’t get a spot? No problem! We always reserve space for walk-ins. Email if you have any questions. Sign up for the monthly newsletter here, which includes the full list of classes offered during the following month.

Duke Arts Create is sponsored by the Office of the Vice Provost for the Arts (Duke Arts).