Amanda designs professional development workshops for classroom teachers, dance teachers, and parents

Topics include:

  • Alexander Technique
  • BrainDance
  • Brain Compatible Lesson Planning
  • Movement Strategies to Support Focus in the Classroom
  • Our Amazing Body: Making Anatomy Fun
  • Why don’t my students sit up straight? Chairs and Student Performance
  • Reducing Performance Anxiety
  • Stress Busters:  How You Move Can Change Your Mood
  • Head Balance for Healthy Movement
  • Take Care of your Back While You Take Care of Your Students
  • Alexander Technique and Dance for People Living with Parkinson’s

BrainDance Workshops for Teachers

A dynamic, on your feet workshop in which teachers will learn what the BrainDance is, why it is important, and how to incorporate it into your classroom to support all your other teaching. You will learn BrainDance variations for all ages and populations and will practice teaching each other so you are comfortable and ready to apply the work in your own classroom.

Introduction to the Alexander Technique

Learn about the principles of the Alexander Technique and how to apply them in your life. This workshop can include both a group interactive workshop and individual private lessons.

Alexander Technique and Dance

Head Balance for Healthy Movement: Tools for the Dancer and Dance Teacher

Alexander Technique and Movement for Actors

Learn to apply the principles of the Alexander Technique to vocal production, creating physical character, dance class and movement auditions. This work is best as an ongoing workshop or a set series of classes.

Alexander Technique for Musicians and Music Teachers

Learn to use your internal spirals to support your instrument and breath. Learn AT tools for stage fright and anxiety.

Alexander Technique Lessons

Amanda also offers 30 and 55 minute private lessons West Bucktown and Winnetka. Please call her at 312.823.2224 or email abmacd53@gmail.com for an appointment.

Previous Workshops Presented to:

  • Roosevelt University College of Performing Arts (BrainDance)
  • Taylorsville High School, UT (3 master classes: Alexander Technique, Creating Physical Character, Fosse)
  • Bay Area Parkinson’s Support Group (training dance teachers to work with people living with Parkinson’s)
  • Crescendo Academy of Music, Kalamazoo, MI  (Workshops for Musicians and Music Teachers)
  • Hip Circle Studio, Evanston, IL (How You Move Can Change Your Mood)
  • Near North Montessori School, Chicago, IL (3 teacher workshops, 1 student workshop on BrainDance and Brain Compatible Lesson Planning)
  • New Trier High School Dance Department, Winnetka, IL (Alexander Technique for dance teachers)
  • Ogilvie Elementary School, CPS, Chicago, IL (BrainDance for Kindergarten Teachers)
  • Summer Dance Institute for Teachers, Creative Dance Center, Seattle, WA (Alexander Technique for dance teachers)
  • Willow Wood Pre-School, Winnetka, IL (BrainDance for pre-school teachers)
  • National Dance Education Organization Conference (Teaching Boundaries through creative dance)
  • Coming in June 2021: American Society for the Alexander Technique Conference (Using Brain Compatible Teaching Practices for Group Classes and Presentations)