The Alexander Technique for Performing Artists
Check out our new Group lessons and the free demonstration class. Info below!
Sundays at the Snow Fine Arts Center
Musicians, actors and dancers perform complex psychophysical activities. The Alexander Technique is a teaching method that helps you meet those demands, and is a reliable way to reduce unnecessary tension and the associated effects of nervousness or pain. Our teacher, specially trained in the Alexander Technique, will assist you in restoring your sense of original support, upright balance and coordination as you engage in the activities of living.
People in every profession have used this technique to prevent or recover from injury, end tension headaches, overcome repetitive strain and a range of disparate problems. A set of guiding principles you keep in mind as you work can promote endurance and help you access new reserves of power and expression. For performing artists, the Technique is a means to finding inner balance so that the performance can flow, without effort. Today, it is taught and used in many prestigious institutions - the Julliard School, the American Dance Festival, the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. It has helped artists of every kind, including Yehudi Menuhin, Paul McCartney, Kevin Klein and Paul Newman.
In private lessons, you will learn the main principles of the Technique. Participants will begin to explore the basics of coordination, as Cliff uses his hands to guide each person through the movements of sitting and standing, walking, and lying on the floor. Cliff will emphasize the importance of reducing needless effort in everyday movements. In later lessons, students may choose to work on performance during the lesson.
Cliff has started a new group class as an introduction to the Alexander Technique, and there will be a free demonstration class at the Faulkner County Library, 1900 Tyler St., Conway, AR, to be announced. Group lessons will begin at UCA on January 26 and continue for 4 weeks through February 16 - Sundays, at 2-3pm. Tuition is set at $70 for the entire 4 lesson session - a fantastic bargain! A minimum enrollment of five students is required for the group class.
Cliff Hicks has been a certified teacher since 1992 and is a member of the American Society for the Alexander Technique (AmSAT). He has worked with performing artists and others from all walks of life throughout the US and Europe. His work has included 10 years of teaching experience at Interlochen Arts Academy and one year spent working with members of the Osnabrueck Theater Orchestra in Osnabrueck, Germany. He currently teaches in Benton, AR and several area schools. Cliff resides with his wife and three children in Benton, AR.
To schedule a private lesson, contact Cliff Hicks at (501) 794-6029 or at Cliffordhicks@me.com. Registration and payment for lessons is through the CSM office.
To register, complete the registration form on the Registration link. Registration is complete upon receipt of payment and the registration form. After payment has been made, take your receipt to the UCA Police Department to obtain a CSM Visitor's Parking Permit.
Tuition: Private lessons: There is a $75 charge if you wish to take just one class as a trial lesson. If you continue with additional lessons, $5 will be deducted from your total tuition. Tuition for additional lessons is assessed at $70 per lesson plus a non-refundable $10 registration fee per semester (fall/spring/summer). A full semester of 13 lessons in the fall or spring is $920. Tuition for seven lessons (i.e., every other week for the semester) is $500. You may pay on a monthly basis or for the semester in advance. The $10 registration fee will be waived if payment is made in advance at the beginning of the semester.
UCA Community Discount:
UCA Faculty, staff and students receive a discount for Alexander Technique lessons. There is a $50 trial lesson fee. Tuition for additional lessons is assessed at $47 per lesson plus a non-refundable $10 registration fee per semester (fall/spring/summer). A full semester of 13 lessons in the fall or spring is $621. Seven lessons (i.e., every other week for the semester) are $339. You may pay on a monthly basis or for the semester in advance. The $10 registration fee will be waived if payment in full is made in advance.
Students enrolled in grades 7-12 will receive the same discount as the UCA community.
Payment is expected prior to any lesson.