Comments from the 2016 Workshop

We had an extremely rewarding Body of Emotion June, 2016 workshop this summer. Participants joined us from as far away as Australia, Germany, and Great Britain.  We also had participants come from various corners of the United States like California, New York, Georgia, Michigan, and from places in-between.  They came to the workshop to apply Alba and Feldenkrais methods to their professions as college professors, high school teachers, performers, life coaches, therapists, as well as plenty of people attending for personal development and enrichment. Below are comments provided by some of our participants who also expressed a willingness to share them with the public.

2016 Alba Workshop Testimonials & Comments

This was an extremely well organized, expertly given workshop.  I had no idea there would be so many teachers and it was utterly exhilarating to have access to so many brilliant minds, and ideas from all over the world, no less. It was amazing to have that kind of teacher/teacher assistant to student ratio. (Stephanie Dean, Assistant Professor of Theatre)

I feel a new versatility in emotional expression, and an assurance for new creative projects. (Owen Allen, Physiotherapist & Inclusive Dance/Theatre Facilitator)

Alba is like the actor’s base or scale.  It’s an essential component of the actor’s toolbox and should be incorporated into any serious actor training program. (Anonymous testimonial from workshop participant)

The Alba Emoting workshop was the most amazing, ‘eye-opening’ experience that has been beneficial to my life and career.  Although aware of emotions, being able to affect them in a controlled manner has given me the skill to finally feel my own reactions to situations, but also understand how a character I am playing also feels.  Thanks for such a great experience and allowing me the new knowledge to connect with my body and emotions. (Thomas Berry, Theatre Arts Professor)

It was a wonderful experience and workshop.  The alba/Feldenkrais training, as taught by these instructors, feeds the soul as well as my professional practice and personal development.  New insights come with discussions, training, and building on previous layers of experience for continued growth and development. Thank you, to all, for your time and devotion to teaching these practices with such care and dedication. (Catherine Dietrich, Acting and Dance Instructor)

It’s been a delight!  The instructors are all dear people who I am proud to know.  The work…works!  I found tools and exercises that I will definitely use with my students who are confronting, or are wrapped up in, deep emotions.  I really enjoyed experiencing the personal development track this year & had a significant and healing emotional experience.  The work for actors is powerful and liberating.  Thank you!  (Dana Smith, Professor of Theatre)

I feel special, informed and ready to do more with Alba and Feldenkrais! (Jackie B. Daniels, Associate Professor of Theatre and Communication)

This workshop really allowed distinctions that were incredible for the work I do.  I have tools and skills that were beyond my wildest expectations.  I loved storytelling from the Alba perspective. (Jean Griffis, Coach)

About breathxpress

Laura Facciponti Bond has taught breathing work related to performing and personal expression since 2002 through UNCA classes, as well as through private lessons and regional, national, and international workshops. She is one of the few certified Alba Emoting Instructors in the USA holding a CL5 certification. She studied and co-taught with Alba Emoting founder, neuroscientist Dr. Susana Bloch, in the USA and in Chile where Dr. Bloch resides. Working closely with Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement® instructors, she often partners with Feldenkrais instructors in her Alba Emoting workshops. As a result of this partnering, Laura has developed new methods for teaching conscious breathing and Alba Emoting to non-performers, as well as performers, with greater somatic clarity and sensitivity to the individual. Laura is a Full Professor at the University of North Carolina, Asheville. She is the author of TEAM for Actors: A Holistic Approach to Embodied Acting. In addition to the teaching mentioned above, she also teaches acting, directing, voice production, storytelling and public speaking. She is a Certified Master Teacher (CMT) of the Estill Voice Technique, actress, director, singer, and voice-over artist.

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