Jane KosminskyMany dancers fail to achieve their potential because they habitually carry undue tensions that hamper free movement and get in the way of expressiveness. Alexander work helps the individual to release harmful tension. It also helps a dancer to avoid injury and extend their career.

Forget about the dancer's waddle and the expectation that your dance career will inevitably leave you wrecked in later life. With the possible exception of pointe work, most things in dance are a more demanding version of what people do in everyday life - but done in a disciplined way and at the extremes of the possibilities of the human form.

It is surprising how many dancers - even professional ones — hold significant overtension which can lead to strain and injury. This can cause balance problems and depress performance. There is a considerable number of dancers who strain so much that they never reach their peak performance.

Learning to work with the natural dynamics of the head, neck and body instead of trying to force movement and how to move the limbs in a free but controlled way is at the heart of Alexander work in dance. Beginning to breathe easily is also essential in an activity so physically demanding. Dancers typically hold their breath, fixing the rib cage — but you can't move gracefully like this. In dance or everyday life the Alexander Technique helps you to move beautifully and with poise.

Free graceful movement