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Mind & Body Retreat:

A Merging of The Alexander Technique and Bartenieff Fundamentals

At Split Tree Farm in NW Georgia near Chattanooga, TN

March 1-3, 2002

Cost: $125.00

To Register Contact - Margaret Frederick at fredmm [@] by February 28, 2002.
For more information on the location and facilities at Split Tree Farm go to:
For specific questions concerning the workshop contact - Jennifer Mizenko at jmizenko [@]

Developed by F.M. Alexander in the late 1800's, the Alexander Technique is a unique and enriching methodology and philosophy, which brings greater awareness to the use of one's body in a more healthful and integrated way.

It is a mindful process, which encourages discovery, inquiry and choice.

Through the Alexander Technique, an individual is guided by gentle touch to redirect habits of tension to useful energy. With this touch, the Alexander Student is lead to release unnecessary tension and become more sensitive to the mind/body connection and its relationship to integrated movement.

Bartenieff Fundamentals were developed by Irmgard Bartenieff, student of Rudolph Laban. Irmgard Bartenieff was a life long mover and healer.

Applying her knowledge of Laban's basic principals about the body moving through Space with a certain kind of attitude and Effort to physical therapy and working with the physically handicapped, Irmgard developed the Bartenieff Fundamentals. The Fundamentals are a series of simple exercises designed to bring awareness and better use of the main connections within the body. This awareness and use brings about better coordination, helping to reduce injury and promote life long healthy movement.

This retreat will focus on the use of The Alexander Technique and Bartenieff Fundamentals to bring about a new awareness of how the mind and body work together to promote healthful moving and being.

The information presented at the retreat can be applied to any type of movement, from ballroom dancing, yoga, playing an instrument, and acting, to walking down the street or typing at a computer. But most importantly, any individual who is interested in a more integrated approach to life will find the weekend to be insightful.

In addition to the group workshops, each individual will receive on 30 minute, private Alexander Lesson. (Please note: if you need to leave immediately after lunch on Sunday please indicate this on your registration form, for many of the private lessons will be taught at this time.)


Friday March 1:

5:00-6:30 Dinner

7:00-9:00 Introduction to The Alexander Technique

Saturday March 2:

8:00-9:00 Breakfast

9:00-10:30 Introduction to Bartenieff Fundamentals and Body Connections 10:30-10:45 Break

10:45-12:00 Developmental Patterning

12:00-1:30 Lunch

1:30-3:00 Principles of The Alexander Technique 3:00-3:15 Break

3:30-4:30 Continued exploration of The Alexander Technique 4:30-6:00 Private Lessons on the 1/2 hour 6:00-7:30 Dinner

8:00 - "Talent Sharing" and party! We encourage you to bring any instrument you play (including your voice), a dance that you do (from modern to ballroom), a poem or monologue that you know, or anything else that you can think of, and we will apply BF and AT to this sharing.

Afterwards, we will dance and grove until we decide we've had enough for the day.

Sunday March 3:

8:00-9:00 Breakfast

9:00-10:00 Private Lessons on the 1/2 hour 10:00-12:00 Continued Exploration of The Alexander Technique and Bartenieff Fundamentals.

12:00-1:00 Lunch

1:00-3:30 Private Lessons on the 1/2 hour 3:30-4:30 Wrap-up (for those individuals who can stay)

The cost of the weekend includes community prepared meals, board, plus all classes, including the private session.

To Register Contact - Margaret Frederick at fredmm [@] by February 28, 2002.

For more information on the location and facilities at Split Tree Farm go to:

For specific questions concerning the workshop contact - Jennifer Mizenko at jmizenko [@]

Biographies of instructors:

Jennifer Mizenko is an Associate Professor of Dance at the University of Mississippi, where she has run the Theater Department's dance program since 1989. Jennifer's duties include teaching jazz and modern technique classes, plus dance composition, dance appreciation, movement for the actor and directing the University dance company, Mississippi: The Dance Company. Throughout her tenure at Ole Miss, Ms. Mizenko has continually enhanced her skills as a movement instructor and expert. Graduating with a B.A. in Psychology from Kenyon College, and an M.A. in dance from The Ohio State University, Jennifer has gone on to combine these to areas of interest and bring them to her teaching and choreography. Her expanded studies have included period dance with Wendy Hilton and Richard Powers, the study of T'ai Chi and achieving certification as a teacher in the Alexander Technique and as a Laban Movement Analyst. Jennifer has taught Master Classes through the Southeast and South central United States, and her choreography has been recognized twice by the American College Dance Festival Association, for outstanding choreography and performance. Ms.

Mizenko is currently combining her knowledge of The Alexander Technique and Laban Movement Analysis to come up with an exciting new approach to movement for dancers and actors.

Meredith McIntosh is a graduate of the three-year Alexander Alliance teacher-training course in Philadelphia, PA and has been studying the Alexander Technique informally for over twelve years. She has been a massage therapist for twenty-one years specializing in reflexology and myotherapy. Meredith also has a lifelong interest in music and earned a B.S. in music education in 1978. She continues to teach and perform in the U.S. and Europe, mostly playing the traditional spring band music of the Appalachian mountains where she currently resides. As a teacher she is known for enthusiasm, patience and humor. Meredith combines all of her interests and applies them to the learning process. She emphasizes the benefits of moment-by-moment awareness and of valuing not just what one does but the quality with which one does it.

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Associate Professor of Movement and Dance Jennifer Mizenko, C.M.A. and A.T.T.

The University of Mississippi

P.O. Box 1848

The Department of Theater Arts

University, MS 38677-1848

Ph: 662/915-5969

Fax: 662/915-5968

e-mail: jmizenko [@]


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