Visiting Teachers

Malcolm Balk:

AT Training Background
Malcolm Balk studied with Patrick Macdonald and Shoshana Kiminitz in London, England, where he qualified as an Alexander Technique teacher in 1984.
He then embarked on several years of post-graduate study in London with Marjorie Barlow.
Malcolm currently lives in Montreal, Canada with four other animals; 2 kids and 2 cats, where he maintains a teaching practice in between his frequent teaching engagements abroad.Malcolm Balk & The Art of Running
In 1991 he brought running and the Alexander Technique together when he developed the Art of Running workshops, which have been enjoyed by runners across the U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia, and South America for over 25 years.
He is the author of two best-selling books, The Art of Running and The Art of Working Out.
More recently he began a training course for Alexander Teachers wishing to add an Art of Running instructor qualification to their CV, and has certified Art of Running instructors on three continents.In addition to maintaining an active Alexander practice, Malcolm is a competitive master’s runner with three provincial records to his credit, as well as several gold medal performances at the national level.

Alex Farkas:

Alex Farkas is a native of New York. He came to London to have lessons with Patrick Macdonald in 1984 and then trained with his assistant, Shoshana Kaminitz, in 1998.

He is a pianist and holds a Masters of Music from the Manhattan School of Music. His performance experience has been largely focused on chamber music and as a collaborative artist with singers. A video of a recent performance can be seen on Youtube. His writings on the Alexander Technique are to be published by HITE in spring 2019.

Alex comes to teach in the U.K. several times each year as well as in Paris and Basel.

He is currently teaching the Technique to students at Bard College (US) Conservatory of Music.

Valerie Taylor:

Val has always had a love of movement, sport and creativity.

She was able to give this expression through training and working as an Osteopath, and also as a Waldorf/Steiner Gym and Games teacher and Class teacher.

Through personal injury, Val ceased working as an Osteopath and developed a way of working with adults and children to transform their movement habits, dissolving away the blocks that were hindering them.

She teaches anatomy in a creative and experiential way and has developed ‘The Healing Art of Circus Skills’ using juggling and other equipment to enable participants to observe an outer expression of their own movement, then she teaches them the skills to transform these. This combination of anatomy and movement skills brings new understanding of the body.

Val works one to one with children and adults and also teaches groups of adults from many walks of life to broaden their appreciation of the wonder of the body and its mysteries.

She has travelled extensively and lived abroad for around 5 years absorbing many cultures. Now based in Edinburgh, she still travels to share her work and receives those who wish to work with her in Scotland.