About

Carol Levin began her movement studies
as a modern dancer

Breathe freelyDuring her career she was the artistic director of a small modern dance company and taught dance in Seattle for 10 years. She became a serious student and a teacher of yoga. It was while studying acting at the American Conservatory Theater (ACT) in San Francisco that Carol was introduced to the Alexander Technique.

“As long as I can remember,” Carol says, “my passion has been expressing myself through movement. It was the principals of the Alexander Technique that gave me the tools to continue to dance, do yoga, and act with the ease, expressiveness, and efficiency I had dreamed of from the beginning.”

Apprenticed with Cathy Madden

Apprenticing under internationally acclaimed Alexander Technique teacher Cathy Madden, Carol began training to certify as an Alexander Technique teacher herself. “Studying under Cathy Madden was life-changing and joyful,” claims Carol. “Madden studied under and later assisted Marjorie Barstow, one of F. M. Alexander’s very first students. Madden continued to explore and define the technique in a way students can immediately utilize.”

Having gained her international teaching certification from Alexander Technique International (ATI), Carol teaches the Alexander Technique in Seattle, and has served two terms on the Executive Board of Directors of Alexander Technique International. Later, she served four years as the Chair of ATI’s Ethics Advisory Committee.

Active as a writer and poet

Carol Levin is also a recognized poet with three published books, Stunned By The Velocity, her most recent full volume and Sea Lions Sing Scat and Red Rooms and Others, chapbooks. Her poems and articles on the Alexander Technique have been widely published in literary and professional journals. For more information about her poems and books, visit Poetry.

Carol is an editorial assistant at Crab Creek Review, a venerable literary journal.

Carol’s experience

Alexander Technique education

  • Introduction to the Alexander Technique: Frank Ottiwell, the American Conservatory Theater (ACT), San Francisco, CA, 1990.
  • Apprenticeship: Internationally renowned teacher, Cathy Madden, Principal Lecturer for University of Washington Professional Actor Training Program. Director of the Alexander Technique Training and Performance Studio, Seattle. Associate Director and Director of Research for ATA (an Alexander Technique training school), Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka, Japan.
  • In-depth anatomy of movement instruction: Cathy Madden, Emily Navar, Jo Leffingwell.
  • Neuro-linguistic Programming for Alexander Technique Teachers: Dean Taylor.
  • Continuing education through Alexander Technique International and attendance at World International Alexander Technique Congresses.

Accreditation

Evaluated and granted teacher certification by Alexander Technique International, an international professional organization of the Alexander Technique. 2003.

Offices and service

  • Elected to Executive Board of Directors, Alexander Technique International.
    • Served 2 years as a Director and 2 years as Executive Secretary.
  • Served 4 years as Chair, Ethics Advisory Committee.

Publications on Alexander Technique

The Congress Papers (Sixth International Congress on the F. M. Alexander Technique, Freiburg, Germany, page 320). “Sun Eclipse, 11 August 1999,” published by STAT Books Ltd., 2001.

The Exchange: The Journal of Alexander Technique International, page 27. “Congress on a Tightrope: Confessions of a Balance-Worrier.” November 2004.

The Exchange: The Journal of Alexander Technique International. “Tactics of the Upmost Gravity.” February 2009.

Master the Art of Working Out, Malcolm Balk and Andrew Shields, editors. Collins & Brown, London, pages 26-7. “Case Study, Yoga.” 2007.

Teaching experience

  • 2007–current. The Breathing Lab, Taj Yoga Studio, Seattle.
  • January 2007–current. Private instruction and workshops.
  • 2007–2009. Yoga instructor, Aqua Dive and Fitness Center, Seattle.
  • 2005–2008. Alexander Technique Teacher, Act-in-Class Actor Training and Performance Studio, Seattle.
  • 2006. Workshop: “Alexander Technique for Actors,” Cornish College of the Arts.
  • 2005–2006. Alexander Technique Seniors, Associated Recreation Council, Seattle.
  • 2005. Alexander Technique workshop, Strength for the Journey Retreat.
  • 2005. Alexander Technique workshop, Big Apple Circus.
  • Teaching assistant to Cathy Madden, undergraduate Alexander Technique classes at the University of Washington School of Drama.