The Alexander Technique

Studio One Season 2019 - 2020

Welcome to our new season of events. As always they are centred around exploring our core principles and enjoying working together.

“The Alexander Technique is the art of falling upward into a state of relaxation which is there, waiting to receive you.”
 – Patrick Macdonald

Workshops for this Season 2019 – 2020

Postponed until further notice.

Learning the art of falling up

Sunday 27th October 2019 | 13.00 – 16.30

Limit 8 participants

Presenter: Selma Gokcen

Selma Gokcen

Cost: £50 teacher / £30 teacher-trainee (refreshments included)

Location: Studio One, 1 Wolseley Road, London N88RR

Contact: for further details

When Studio One was built, I installed a ballet barre, not to learn pirouettes but to explore the principle of opposition and to develop awareness of the power of the back and spine to facilitate movement. It has turned into one of the best teaching tools ever, particularly for beginner students.

The barre provides an ideal support for learning to work with inhibition and direction; in addition, one can address preparation for a variety of procedures such as bending the knees, going up on the toes, rotation, freeing the legs and more. Learning to trust ‘falling up’ allows the spine to lengthen and the back to widen.

Depending upon the interest in this workshop, there may be others offered throughout the year. Places are limited to 8 participants.

CPD 3 hours.

SELMA GOKCEN is on the Junior and Senior faculties at the Guildhall School of Music in London, where she works with young cellists, senior instrumentalists and singers. A graduate of the Geneva Conservatoire of Music and The Juilliard School in New York City, she trained with Eleanor and Peter Ribeaux at the Centre for the Alexander Technique in London, and with Ted McNamara. Committed to both performing and teaching music and the Alexander Technique, she established Studio One to bring the two communities together. Selma is also Chair of the London Cello Society, a registered UK charity which has produced films and presents an annual series of concerts and lectures for the general public.


Sunday 15th March 2020 | 11.00 – 16.00

Limit 14 participants

Presenter: Dalia Findling, Israel

Daria Findling

Cost: £75 teacher / £45 teacher-trainee. All refreshments included except lunch.

Location: Studio One, 1 Wolseley Road, London N88RR

In addition to the workshop, Dalia will be available for private lessons from Monday 16th March to Wednesday 18th, 2020. If interested, please contact Studio One at

We welcome Dalia Findling to Studio One where she is a visiting teacher for the first time. Dalia was a longtime pupil of Miss Goldie as well as member of a teacher training course in Israel. Her discovery of Miss Goldie’s work was a life-changing event and determined her future path as a teacher of the Alexander Technique. She has profound insights into the wisdom of Miss Goldie and is delighted to share them by working with other teachers.

In addition to the workshop, Dalia will be available for private lessons from Monday 16th March to Wednesday 18th, 2020. If interested, please contact Studio One at the email below.

CPD 5 hours.

In 1953, Dalia Findling studied Body Culture at the Seminar Kibutzim in Israel, based in part upon the Alexander Technique, and started teaching in schools and for the army in Israel and the United States. In 1971, she opened a studio that dealt with how the brain influences movement, and at the same time started to study the Alexander Technique with private lessons and in a training school. In addition, she trained in Metamorphics, and was a member of the Metamorphics Association.

Following brain surgery at age 35, Dalia used the Alexander Technique to recover. However, she felt her training was not sufficient and this led her on a quest for a deeper understanding of the Alexander Technique. After a long search, she finally met Miss Goldie and from her first lesson knew that this was how she wanted to train as a teacher. In 1985, Dalia studied a full year with Miss Goldie in London, and continued to work with her every year until she passed away.

Today, Dalia lives in Tel Aviv and has her own private studio, specialising in working with musicians.

The Alexander Technique for performers through the lens of the Polyvagal theory

Sunday 14th June 2020 | 10.00 – 16.00

Limit 18 participants

Presenters: Judith Kleinman and Peter Buckoke

Judith Kleinman and Peter Buckoke

Cost: £75 teacher / £45 teacher-trainee. All refreshments included except lunch.

Location: Studio One, 1 Wolseley Road, London N88RR

Contact: for further details

Judith and Peter will look at why performers often don’t reach their full potential. They will discuss the effects of the autonomic nervous system on everyday life, practice and performance. They will share useful strategies for transforming negative into positive responses. The workshop will be useful for teachers of musicians, actors and dancers. There will be time in the workshop for you to perform if you would like to work with Judith or Peter in the safe environment of this class.

CPD 5 hours.

Read more about this workshop here

Polyvagal Theory comes to the Alexander Technique

We look forward to welcoming you to this workshop where we shall explore framing Alexander work within the context of the Polyvagal theory, first developed by Stephen Porges.

The emphasis will be on how, with an understanding of the signals of threat (fight, flight or freeze), we can cue in safety that connects us to calm, confident and coordinated experiences in performance and life in general. This is invaluable repertoire when working with performers, helping them understand the process of emotionally intelligent and embodied practice that is relevant to reaching their potential and enjoying performance.

The basics of the Polyvagal theory will be unpacked, then connections and overlaps with Alexander’s ideas will be explored.

The workshop will be useful if you are a performer or you teach performers involved in music, acting or dancing.

We shall work with performance in the afternoon of the workshop – if you would like to perform, please let us know.

Peter Buckoke:

“Because the field of attention is not simply a theoretical construct but a kinaesthetically perceptible state of tonus, any emotional disturbance affects it immediately and can often be perceived as change in the level of muscle tone before a reaction in the autonomic system has begun” … “emotions trigger tensions in the body – but muscle relaxation and inhibition of our habitual tensions can change the way we are feeling in the moment and dissipate the anger or the fear or frustration much sooner than just by fighting it rationally, argument after argument… our body and mind are and should be working in unity, one will always affect the other and vice versa.” Freedom to Change, Frank Pierce Jones p.13

Judith Kleinman, is one of the team of teachers at the Royal College of Music and teaches Alexander at the Junior Royal Academy of Music. She is assistant head of Training at Lcatt Alexander school and helps run the Developing Self “Alexander in Education” trainings with Sue Merry. Judith also teaches Tai Chi and Yoga to musicians.

Peter Buckoke, runs the Alexander Technique department at the Royal College of Music. He has performed as a double bass player in almost every facet of the London music scene over the last 45 years. He is a busy beekeeper.