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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 DukeCreate & 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 DukeCreate

DukeCreate is a series of free, hands-on arts workshops designed to help Duke students, staff, and faculty develop a variety of creative skills. Workshops are open to all skill levels and backgrounds. Most take place in the Duke Arts Annex or the Rubenstein Arts Center and are typically held weeknights 6-8pm.

Workshops are free to all Duke students and staff, with priority given to students. Class size is limited. Students must sign up in advance. Registration for the following week’s DukeCreate workshops goes live on Friday mornings – sign up in advance to guarantee your spot!  Online enrollment for Duke staff opens on the day of the workshop. Staff can also show up 10 minutes prior to a workshop in case a slot becomes available. Walk-ins will be accommodated on a space-available basis.

DukeCreate is sponsored by the Office of the Vice Provost for the Arts (DukeArts) and University Center Activities and Events (UCAE).