Alexander Technique

The Alexander Technique for Performing Artists

Sundays at the Snow Fine Arts Center

Musicians, actors and dancers perform complex tasks under demanding circumstances. 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.

In addition to his private lessons, Cliff Hicks leads a group class as an introduction to the Alexander Technique.  Four classes, Sundays from 2-3pm, are offered throughout the school year. Tuition is set at $75 for the entire 4 lesson session – a fantastic bargain!  A minimum enrollment of four 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  Registration and payment for lessons is through the CSM office.  If you’re unsure if this will be helpful for you, contact Cliff about a Free Trial Lesson.

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.


 Adult Private lessons:  There is normally a $70 charge if you wish to take just one class, which includes a reduced registration fee of $10.  Free trial lessons are available upon request, however, at a time convenient for the instructor.   Tuition for lessons for adult students is $320 for five private lessons (includes a $20 reg. fee), $600 for ten,  and $780 for 13 lessons.   You may pay on a monthly basis or in advance for the semester.  The usual $20 registration fee is waived if payment is made in advance, or a payment plan is set up, at the beginning of the semester for 10 or 13 lessons.  Senior Citizens (over age 60) will receive the same discount as the UCA Community.  See below for Student Charges and the UCA Community discount.

UCA Community Discount:

UCA Faculty,  staff and students receive a discount for Alexander Technique lessons.  There is a $55 charge for just one lesson but you may request a free trial lesson.  Tuition for additional lessons is assessed at $50 per lesson for faculty and staff and $40 for students, plus a non-refundable $20 registration fee per semester (fall/spring/summer). Five lessons for faculty staff would be $270;  ten lessons are $520.  A full semester of 13 lessons in the fall or spring is $670.   You may pay on a monthly basis or for the semester in advance.  The $20 registration fee will be waived if payment in full is made in advance for five, ten or 13 lessons.

UCA students will pay $220 for five, $420 for 10 and $540 for 13.

Students enrolled in grades 7-12 and Senior Citizens (60 or older) will receive the same discount as UCA students.

Payment is expected and due prior to any lesson except for the Free Trial lesson.