Idelle Packer, MS, PT, mAmSAT, certified teacher of the Alexander Technique, has been playfully exploring its broad application for over 35 years. An early career in modern dance in NYC followed her undergraduate studies at Sarah Lawrence College (’71), concentration modern dance, choreography, and children’s theatre. She danced professionally in NYC as member of the NY Dance Collective, a resident company of NYU School of the Arts and in works by independent choreographers Roz Newman, Remy Charlip, and Debra Wanner. She earned her Masters of Science, Physical Therapy, 1995, from Columbia University and received the Marcia Ebert Clinical Excellence Award the same year. She authored the chapter, The Alexander Technique, in the The Encyclopedia of Complementary Health Practice, 1999. Idelle established Body Sense, a private practice in physical therapy and the Alexander Technique in downtown Asheville in 2000. She has taught courses in the Alexander Technique for physical therapists on various themes in functional movement rehabilitation at MAHEC and has been a speaker at MAHEC’s annual conference on Complementary and Alternative Health Practices in 2012 and 2015. Her current passion, in addition to teaching Alexander Technique and applying its principles in physical therapy practice, is the dance form, Contact Improvisation (CI). She has been joyfully applying the principles of the Alexander Technique to this ever-expansive improvisational form over the past ten years as dancer, teacher, organizer for the Asheville Jam, a community based Contact Improvisation group here in Asheville. She has recently been selected to be an organizer for the Spring East Coast Jam in West Virginia, a regional 4-day retreat where dancers experience Contact Improvisation in practice and performance. Her influences: contact dancers Alicia Grayson, Nita Little, Nancy Stark Smith, Martin Keogh, Brad Stoller, Ken Manheimer. She is thrilled to be serving as adjunct professor in the dance department at UNCA teaching Contact Improvisation this spring semester.
Idelle Packer, MS, PT, M.AmSAT