Pamela Blanc

Distinguished teacher of the Alexander Technique with 40 years of experience

 
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Pamela is honored to be invited as the Keynote Speaker and International Teacher at the Australian Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique Conference in Melbourne (October 2019).

In addition to her Private Practice in West Los Angeles, Pamela is a teacher of teachers.  She is a founding Board member and Senior Faculty at The Alexander Training Institute of Los Angeles (ATI-LA), an AmSAT certified Teacher Training School, and regularly assists as Senior Teacher on Jessica Wolf’s Art of Breathing course, instructing Alexander Teachers in this work.  

Pamela presents Master Classes and Workshops for other Alexander Teachers at National and International Alexander Technique Conferences and frequently in Southern California. She has presented at the Alexander International Congress in Chicago, USA (2018); in Limerick, Ireland (2015); in Lugano, Switzerland (2008 & 2011).

Pamela personalizes the learning process and brings curiosity to her teaching. Each individual has unique reasons for wanting to explore the Alexander Technique and the learning process is a collaboration between teacher and student.

  • Founding Director of The Alexander Training Institute of Los Angeles

  • Senior Teacher of Art of Breathing

  • Teaching Privately in Los Angeles

During her 40-year career Pamela taught as Adjunct in the Music & Theater Departments of numerous universities including: Chapman University (2006-2017), 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. 

Ms. Blanc has taught Master classes in the Music Conservatory at Chapman University; Music Department, University of Southern California; Vocal Departments at Californian State University, Fullerton, Santa Monica College, Azusa Pacific University. Presented Master classes at International Festival of Movement and Dance on the Volga in Yaroslavl, Russia; Arizona State Music Educators; Music Educators of Orange County & of Orange County Coastal Cities; the National Storytelling Convention; and served 11 years on faculty of OperaWorks.

Pamela with Marj Barstow, 1978

Pamela with Marj Barstow, 1978

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 in the decades that followed with the following Alexander Technique teachers all of whom trained with Mr. Frederick Matthias Alexander (1869-1956):

  • Patrick Macdonald

  • Marj Barstow

  • Walter and Dilys Carrington 

  • Dr. Wilfred and Marjory Barlow 

  • Peggy Williams

  • Elisabeth Walker

Patrick Macdonald teaching Pamela, 1979

Patrick Macdonald teaching Pamela, 1979

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 to the next generation of teachers and to individuals who choose to study privately with her.

Pamela Blanc, an Active Member of the American Society of the Alexander Technique (AmSAT); honored to present the 25th AmSAT Annual F.M. Alexander Memorial Address (2012); the sole recipient of the Certificate of Merit Award (2008) for her commitment to AmSAT serving as Chair of its Training Directors Committee for ten years.