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Pamela Blanc, loves teaching the Alexander Technique and with over thirty-seven years of experience she has introduced the Technique to thousands of individuals in all walks of life.

Pamela teaches Privately in her Alexander Teaching Studio located in West Los Angeles.

Pamela is:

A Founding Director of The Alexander Training Institute of Los Angeles (ATI-LA);

Adjunct Faculty, Hall-Musco Music Conservatory, College of Performing Arts at Chapman University in Orange, CA;

The Senior Teacher of Jessica Wolf’s Art of Breathing.

In addition to her private practice, Pamela is Senior Faculty at ATI-LA where she trains others in a committed three-year program to be teachers of the Alexander Technique. Pamela also oversees Continuing Education programs for Alexander teachers. www.ATInstituteLA.com

Living in Los Angeles brings many actors, musicians and singers into her practice. However, knowing the overall benefits of the Technique reach far beyond enhancing performance, her practice also brings computer programmers, writers, financial advisors, aerospace technicians and engineers, puppeteers, professional athletes, psychiatrists, psychologists, monks, teachers, parents & children, set designers, dialect coaches, students, gardeners, newscasters, and other Alexander Technique teachers.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

Pamela Blanc, a well-established and respected teacher of the Alexander Technique, was honored to present the 25th Annual F.M. Alexander Memorial Address (2012) at the American Society for the Alexander Technique (AmSAT) annual Conference held at The Juilliard School of Music in New York City.

Pamela Blanc is an Active Member of AmSAT, was the sole recipient of the Certificate of Merit Award (2008) for her commitment to the organization serving as Chair of its Training Directors Committee for ten years.

Pamela Blanc is a teacher of teachers. In addition to teaching on the Alexander teacher training course at ATI-LA, she is frequently invited to teach on other AmSAT certified Alexander Teacher Training Courses and has assisted as Senior Teacher on Jessica Wolf’s Art of Breathing course, since 2006, instructing other Alexander Teachers in this work.

Pamela presents Workshops for other Alexander Teachers in Southern California for ATI-LA and at National and International Alexander Technique Conferences. She has presented at the Alexander International Congress in Lugano, Switzerland in 2008 & 2011 and in Limerick, Ireland in 2015.

During her 37-year career Pamela taught as Adjunct in the Music & Theater Departments of numerous universities including: California State University Northridge (CSUN); the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA); The Theater School at University of Southern California (USC); and the South Bay Children’s Choir at El Camino College.

In addition Ms. Blanc has taught Master classes at the University of Southern California; Californian State University, Fullerton; Chapman University; Azusa Pacific University; The International Festival of Movement and Dance on the Volga in Yaroslavl, Russia; Arizona State Music Educators; Orange County Music Educators; the National Storytelling Convention; and was on faculty of OperaWorks from 2000-2011. 

CONTINUING EDUCATION

Committed to continuing education, Pamela continues her own depth of learning with Senior teachers of the Technique whenever possible. She both takes workshops and teaches them at Alexander conferences nationally and worldwide.

Pamela Blanc, introduced to the principles of Breathing Coordination by Jessica Wolf in 1998, had a series of five private lessons with Mr. Carl Stough In April 2000.

Pamela continued her private studies with Jessica over the years and enrolled in the Graduate Training Program Jessica Wolf’s Art of Breathing at the American Center for the Alexander Technique, New York City (2002-2003)

Pamela Blanc is now the Senior Teacher of Jessica Wolf’s Art of Breathing and has assisted Ms. Wolf in teaching this course of study to other Alexander Technique Teachers in 2006, 2010 in NYC and 2013-2014 in Los Angeles; in Art of Breathing teacher refresher courses in 2009, 2010, 2011; and in introductory workshop in Galway, Ireland 2014. Click on Art of Breathing at the top of this page for more information.

The Foundation of Ms. Blanc’s Alexander Technique Education

Pamela began having private lessons in the Alexander Technique in 1975 with Mr. Frank Ottiwell and graduated from the American Center for the Alexander Technique in San Francisco in 1979 under the direction of Mr. Ottiwell and Mr. Giora Pinkas.

Curious to learn from more experienced Alexander teachers, looking for the similarities in their teaching, and committed to her own continuing education after graduation, Pamela pursued her studies with the following Alexander Technique teachers all of whom trained with Mr. Frederick Matthias Alexander (1869-1956):

Patrick Macdonald – Pamela had her first lesson with Mr. Macdonald in January 1976 prior to training and during her training on his annual teaching trips from London to San Francisco (1976-1979) and later when she was a teacher on his visits to Los Angeles.

Marj Barstow – Pamela studied with Marj and hosted many of her visits to San Francisco and to Los Angeles, California over a ten-year period as well as traveled to Marj’s home town of Lincoln, Nebraska numerous summers to study with this amazing teacher who greatly influenced Pamela’s teaching.

Walter and Dilys Carrington visited California to teach the Technique in the late 1970s and early 1980s and Pamela continued her relationship and studies with them by traveling to London whenever possible to have private lessons, sit in on their training program and study on their summer teacher refresher courses.

Dr. and Mrs. Barlow – Pamela had the pleasure to befriend the Barlows while she chauffeured them during the First International Congress for the Alexander Technique in 1986 in Stony Brook, New York. Pamela remained in contact and had private lessons with Marjory Barlow on later trips to London.

Ms. Peggy Williams – Pamela had not many, but very memorable private lessons with Peggy during a visit to London.

All of these Alexander Technique teachers who were trained by Mr. Alexander have passed away. They were incredible individuals each of whom had a keen understanding of the importance of this work and passed it on to the next generation of teachers with generosity of spirit and great encouragement.

And, now, all of these years later, Pamela finds herself to be a Senior Teacher of the Alexander Technique passing on her knowledge of the Alexander Technique to the next generation of teachers and to the lay persons who choose to study with her.