2019 Faculty


Tom Baird

Thomas Baird is a 2009 graduate of the Balance Arts Center, Ann Rodiger, director and a member of AmSAT. He is a professional dancer who specializes in historical dance forms, and has taught ballet for many years. Having studied with many teachers, including Alfredo, Andra and Ernesta Corvino, he has developed his own style of teaching through integrating the AT principles with the principles of Classical Ballet. He teaches the Alexander Technique in the Dance Division at the Juilliard School, and Movement Styles, as well as the AT at SUNY Purchase in the Dance, Opera and Music Divisions. He has also taught AT classes for the Tokyo Baroque Dance Society in Japan. He has assisted on the BAC Teacher Training course for four years, and has presented several times at the Freedom to Move, Freedom to Play and Sing, and Freedom to Write conferences presented by the BAC. He maintains a private AT practice in NYC and at his home in Norwalk, CT.

Emily Faulkner

Emily Faulkner has been a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique since 1999. She is a faculty member of Movement Research, an internationally acclaimed institution for experimental dance, and she is on the faculty of RIAT, an Alexander training program in NYC. A dancer in New York City for over 25 years, Faulkner has presented her choreography both nationally and internationally. As well, Faulkner teaches to the blind and visually impaired at the Lighthouse Guild, to young athletes through Steady Buckets basketball, and to university students and debate club members in Paris. Faulkner also loves to ski and is a self-proclaimed movement junkie.

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Elizabeth Johnson

Elizabeth Johnson, BFA, MFA, is a performer, choreographer, educator, dual certified Teacher of the Alexander Technique (M.AmSAT, ATI), and Laban Movement Analyst (GL-CMA). Her research focuses on integrating somatic, developmental, and feminist perspectives in her pedagogies and creative work. Johnson has presented national and international workshops on Alexander Technique and Dart Procedures applications in Dance and Yoga practices as well as how AT principles complement and/or challenge other somatic systems.  She has taught as a guest in AT teacher training courses in Milwaukee, Salt Lake City, Buenos Aires, and Montevideo, Uruguay. Johnson’s company, Your Mother Dances, features her choreography and has produced national and regional guest artists; her work has been seen in New York City, Washington D.C., Chicago, Minneapolis, Milwaukee and beyond. She has also performed with David Parker and The Bang Group (NYC), Sara Hook Dances (NYC), and Molly Rabinowitz Liquid Grip (NYC), and has served as Dance faculty at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, UW-Madison, UNC-Greensboro, UW-Milwaukee, and Texas Tech University. She is an Assistant Professor in Theatre and Dance at the University of Florida. 

Alice MacDonald

Alice is an Alexander Technique teacher and performing artist living in Brooklyn, NY and Bath, ME. She is AmSAT certified through the Balance Arts Center under the direction of Ann Rodiger. She has performed and collaborated with Lily Gold, Anneke Hansen, koosilja/danceKUMIKO, Jennifer Monson, Molly Poerstel, Anna Sperber, Sarah White Ayon, and others. Over the past decade, she has worked in the NYC dance community as Movement Research at the Judson Church coordinator, a curator at Dixon Place, was an organizing member of Brooklyn Studios for Dance, and is co-founder of FREE ADVICE, a mentorship platform for artists. Alice is currently on faculty teaching dance and Alexander Technique at Movement Research and the Balance Arts Center. www.alicemac.com


Kate Martel

Kate Martel is a dance artist and Alexander Technique teacher based in Western Massachusetts. She enjoyed fifteen years dancing in NYC with such esteemed choreographers as Laura Peterson, Nora Stephens, Rebecca Brooks, Luis Lara Malvacias and Sarah White-Ayon. Through this time she met and trained in the Alexander Technique with master teacher Ann Rodiger, graduating from Balance Arts Center in 2017. Her experience with Ann and the AT has not only allowed her to perform rigorous choreography without injury for over a decade, it continues to permeate many areas of her life and well-being. Her choreography has been presented by Women in Motion, Movement Research at Judson Church, Center for Performance Research, and Purdue University. She has been on faculty at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Adelphi University, Western Connecticut State University and Westfield State University. In addition, she has earned a BA from Goucher College in Dance and Education (2002) and an MFA in Performing Arts from University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee (2014). She currently teaches AT privately and in the Somatic Practices Series at School for Contemporary Dance and Thought in Northampton, as well as teaching ballet and modern throughout the Pioneer Valley. www.katemartel.com

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Katherine Mitchell

Katherine Mitchell has taught the Alexander Technique for 30 years in private practice, and at universities and conferences, working with people from all walks of life. Her work includes teacher-training and teacher refreshers. Katherine is a published poet and teaches Argentine Tango.

Ann Rodiger

Ann Rodiger is the Founder and Director for the Balance Arts Alexander Technique Teacher Training Program in New York City and the Balance Arts Center. She applies her over 35 years of experience in the Alexander Technique combined with her knowledge from dance notation and analysis and her own performing experience to bring practical movement guidance to singers, actors, dancers, and musicians as well as everyday activities.

She has taught at universities such as the University of Illinois- Urbana, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, University of Hawaii-Manoa, City College of NY, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Ann holds a M.A. in dance from The Ohio State University, a Labanotator, and holds an Alexander Technique Teaching Certificate from the Urbana Center.


Shelley Senter

Shelley Senter is an independent and collaborative dance artist and Alexander Technique teacher whose work has been presented worldwide. She has been critically recognized for her distinct approach to movement and pedagogy.  Recent AT teaching includes working with dance artists at La Biennale di Venezia, training in the certification program at RIAT, and maintaining her private practice in Manhattan and Yonkers.


Fabio Tavares

Fabio Tavares was born and raised in Brazil where he started off as a competitive gymnast before running away to join the circus at the age of 15 to become a professional acrobat. 

Mr. Tavares has pursued a life-long career as a physical actor, dancer and movement educator and since moving to NYC in 1999 he has had the honor of working and studying with an amazing group of artists and teachers. Mr. Tavares also toured the globe performing and teaching for the high-impact Dance Company STREB -EXTREME ACTION for over 14 years. 

He received his AmSAT approved Alexander Technique certificate from ACAT in 2014 and has since done some post-graduate work with Caren Bayer.  He’s been a certified Klein Technique™ teacher and a Zero Balancing practitioner since 2009.

Mr.Tavares was an adjunct teacher at PACE University 2014-2017 and has done some extensive teaching ( both groups and privately) in Brazil, Portugal and in NYC. 


Luc Vanier

Luc Vanier (MFA, MAMSAT) is the Founding Director of the School of Dance at the University of Utah. He received his MFA from the University of Illinois and certified as an Alexander technique teacher in 2001 and became a training course Director in 2011. A Principal Dancer and company choreographer with Ohio Ballet, he danced pivotal roles in the works of company founder Heinz Poll, Balanchine, Paul Taylor, Kurt Jooss, Lynne Taylor-Corbett and Laura Dean among others. His choreography has been produced at the Joyce Theater in New York City and toured nationally. Vanier has lectured and presented his research extensively nationally and internationally and his co-authored book “Dance and the Alexander Technique” was published by University of Illinois Press.  He co-created Framework for Integration, a movement analysis system anchored in the way babies and animals move that helps all movers make new, healthier movement decisions and encourages more coordinated and integrated bodily use. 


Sarah White-Ayon

SARAH WHITE-AYÓN is a New York City based dancer, teacher and visual artist. Her teaching is inspired by her experience as a professional dancer and performance artist and draws from various perspectives and practices that aim to integrate body-mind and allow for the experience and support of subtle, emergent energy. She has been dancing professionally for over 20 years and teaching the Alexander Technique for over 12. She is a 2007 graduate of the Balance Arts Center Teacher Training Course and holds a BFA in Dance from The University of Missouri, KC (1999) and an MFA in Photo, Video and Related Media from The School of Visual Arts (2011). In addition to maintaining a private practice in the Alexander Technique, she has taught at various schools and programs in New York City including The Balance Arts Center, Movement Research, The American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Class Class Class, Parson’s School of Design, NYU’s Playwrights’s Horizons, Gibney Dance Center’s Landing and Juilliard’s Summer Performing Arts Voice program . She is part of the current Alexander Technique and Movement faculty at The Balance Arts Center, Movement Research and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and dances with Luciana Achugar and Antonio Ramos and The Gangbangers.