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ABOUT ARIEL

ARIEL WEISS has maintained a lively private practice in Philadelphia since certifying to teach in 1988. She is a teaching member of Alexander Technique International and studied extensively with Master Teacher Marjorie Barstow. Active as a dancer and choreographer for most of her life, Ariel brings over 40 years of movement training to her practice with a Master’s degree in Movement and Dance from Wesleyan University and an extensive background in Modern Dance, Ballet, Contact Improvisation, T’ai Chi, Pilates, Ideokinesis, Laban Movement Analysis, and Bartenieff Fundamentals and also trained with the Upledger Institute in CranioSacral Therapy.  An avid West Coast Swing dancer, Ariel has developed a special expertise in working with performing artists bringing a keen eye and ear to deciphering subtle interferences in a student’s coordination, a choreographer’s creative and playful sensibility to problem solving, and a performer’s sensitivity to the many demands of a performing artist.

In addition to creating numerous Alexander workshops for a variety of communities regionally and internationally, Ariel has coached 20-25 instrumentalists and singers weekly at the internationally acclaimed Curtis Institute of Music since 1998 and previously taught at the School of Theater at the University of the Arts. In 2016 she made her teaching debut at Santa Fe Opera, coaching for the highly competitive Singer Apprentice program, and also developed Freedom to Make Music: an Alexander Technique conference for musicians she co-produces annually in NYC with Ann Rodiger (www.freedomto makemusic.com). She is faculty for the Well Balanced Pianist and also trains teachers at the Philadelphia School for the Alexander Technique under Martha Fertman’s direction. Ariel recently returned from Japan where she taught at the Alexander Alliance/Tokyo and Aru Quality Pro training programs.

Active as a presenter, she has presented annually at the Freedom to Act conference in NYC, and also presented workshops and coordinated a panel discussion in addition to serving as Site Coordinator for the 2105 ATI Annual General Meeting held in Philadelphia. Additionally, she presents annually for World Voice Day and Endoscopy Airways Course at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and has presented at Rounds at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Seeking to further enhance the local Alexander community, Ariel helped launch and is a founding member of Alexander Technique Teachers of Greater Philadelphia.


I learned and discovered so much in just one lesson with Ariel Weiss. Ariel clarified anatomical information for me in a very practical and useful way. She also suggested ways of directing myself that were immediately beneficial, both in the lesson itself, and in the days that followed. Her hands-on work was skillful and profound, and greatly enhanced the other benefits of the lesson. I left feeling and looking more balanced and easeful than I have in quite a while. As a teacher of the Alexander Technique myself, everything I learned is also enhancing my own teaching, both directly or indirectly. Needless to say, I very much look forward to continuing to work with her.
– Imogen Ragone, Alexander Technique Teacher, Wilmington, DE