Meet Elizabeth

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Hands-on Alexander Technique lessons with our AmSAT-certified teacher

Qualified & committed

Time to meet Elizabeth Hurwitt. You need to know more about Elizabeth because choosing the right person as your teacher will shape how you experience AT. And you need a teacher who is right for you.

Elizabeth's teaching practice, betterATbeing, is certified by the American Society for Alexander Technique (AmSAT). And her AmSAT teaching certification is a license and obligation to practice expert care, which begins with taking care of herself.

Born to care

Elizabeth was born into a family of doctors. Her mother was a public health pediatrician, and her father was a psychiatrist.

She grew up believing that nothing was more important or interesting than other people. And that means paying close attention to them, understanding them, and helping them. Today, she still believes this.

My training

Elizabeth completed the AmSAT-approved, 3-year training (1600 hours) led by Tom Vasiliades, director of Alexander Technique for Performance and Development. And she is currently pursuing post-graduate studies with Tom. 2019-20 was her fourth year assisting Tom in his in-person course at The Juilliard School Evening Division.

Elizabeth's practice of AT is informed by Tom's post-graduate training with John Nicholls and Walter Carrington. And she is grateful for and empowered by this teaching lineage.

Walter Carrington's way

Walter Carrington is revered for preserving and communicating AT's principles, formed by its founder F.M. Alexander. Importantly, Carrington's teaching reveals the postural muscles' engagement with the whole body's web of elastic, opposing pulls. Just as important, it promotes a widening as well as a lengthening back, freeing the rib cage for deep and natural breathing. Most noticeable about Carrington work is that the teacher's inquiring, guiding touch speaks to the entire individual with each placement of the hands.

 

Hands and words working together

Elizabeth's very first job was teaching creative writing to high-school students. And she has been working with words ever since. She has since learned to talk and listen with her hands. Her hands are paramount in teaching Alexander Technique. And Tom has trained Elizabeth to use her hands with great care. But her ability to come up with the right words to describe AT work is especially helpful to her students. And every lesson is a new conversation between two nervous systems: her own and her pupil's. Together, hands and words can say more than either one can do alone.

Backstory

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Elizabeth grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. She was orphaned at sixteen, and at seventeen went to college, studying English literature at UC Santa Cruz. On graduating, she moved to NYC's Upper West Side and soon joined a church choir full of trained singers and actors. As it turned out, that time, place and community was a new beginning.

Soon, singing became increasingly important to her, so she took voice and Alexander Technique lessons, while working in publishing, legal management, and music journalism. Ultimately she became a performing arts executive. And she has helped to shape and sustain a few of the small but brilliant companies that add their own sparkle to New York's great concert-giving scene. Today, in addition to teaching AT, Elizabeth serves as Development Director of Copland House, a unique creative center for American music based in Aaron Copland's historic home in Cortlandt Manor, NY. For more than thirty years now, she has made her home in lower Manhattan with her husband Elliott Hurwitt, a music historian.

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