PAMELA BLANC teaches the Alexander Technique in Los Angeles, California and can be reached at The Alexander Teaching Studio by phone 310-470-2993 or e-mail at Blanc.Pamela@gmail.com.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

Pamela Blanc was honored to present the F.M.Alexander Memorial Lecture in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the founding of the American Society for the Alexander Technique (AmSAT). The AmSAT Conference was held at The Juilliard School of Music in New York City, June 2012 and Pamela spoke in beautiful Paul Hall to more than two hundred fifty Alexander Teachers from the U.S. and abroad.

Pamela Blanc is a well-established and respected teacher of the Alexander Technique.  She was the sole recipient of the 2008 Certificate of Merit from the American Society for the Alexander Technique (AmSAT) for her commitment to the organization and having served as Chair of its Training Directors Committee for ten years. 

Pamela is an Active Member of AmSAT and frequently presents workshops for other Alexander Teachers at National and International Conferences.  She was a featured teacher invited to present in Lugano, Switzerland at the Alexander International Congress (2011) and regularly presents workshops for Alexander teachers in the U.S. and at AmSAT Conferences.

Ms. Blanc has a private practice in Los Angeles and has been Adjunct Faculty in the Music Conservatory of the College of Performing Arts at Chapman University since Fall 2006. 

Ms. Blanc is a Founder and Member of the Board of Directors of the Alexander Training Institute of Los Angeles (ATI-LA), an Alexander Teacher Training School, established 1987.  She was a Senior Faculty member and a Director of Training from 1988-1997.  Currently she is Vice President of ATI-LA overseeing Continuing Education Programs for Alexander Technique Teachers.

During her career, Pamela taught many years in the Music & Theater Departments of the various 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; the Arizona State Music Educators; the National Storytelling Convention; and was  on faculty of OperaWorks from 2000-2011.

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.

 

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.

The Art of Breathing, a phrase used by F.M.Alexander in an article published in The Auckland Star, New Zealand, July 20, 1895, and more recently used by Jessica Wolf, an Alexander Technique teacher in New York, describing the process she now teaches.  

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

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

Pamela then assisted Ms. Wolf in teaching this course of study to other Alexander Technique Teachers in 2006 and 2010 and in teacher refresher courses in 2009, 2010, 2011. Pamela will once again be assisting Jessica Wolf as she presents her Art of Breathing Post-Graduate Course for the first time on the West Coast in Los Angeles in 2013-2014.  Click on The 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 know about the work of 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).

Pamela studied with Mr. Patrick Macdonald while in training (1976-1979) and later as a teacher, during his annual teaching trips from London to San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Over a ten-year period Pamela studied with and hosted many of Marj Barstow’s visits to San Francisco and Los Angeles, California as well as traveled to Lincoln, Nebraska numerous summers to study with her there.  

Walter and Dilys Carrington also came to California in the late 70s and early 80s to teach the Technique 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.

Pamela had the pleasure to befriend Dr. and Mrs. Barlow 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.

Not many, but very memorable were the private lessons Pamela had with Ms. Peggy Williams.  What a delight.

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.