Vanessa Justice, m.AmSAT, is a nationally certified teacher of the Alexander Technique, a choreographer/director, and a teacher of mindful yoga. She started exploring and training in somatic practices in 1992, completed Hatha Yoga training in 1998, and completed Pilates certification in 2003. She was a professional dancer, choreographer, and Pilates/Yoga/AT practitioner in New York City before moving to West Hartford, CT. All of her movement teaching and coaching is informed by the Alexander Technique, Laban-Bartenieff, mindfulness, and a sound understanding of anatomy. Vanessa loves to witness profound changes in her students and enjoys guiding them toward easeful movement and freer breathing, with less and less tension, stiffness and discomfort. The Alexander Technique played an important role in Vanessa’s healing process following a serious injury in 2005, and she deeply values its capacity to promote well-being.
Supported by a Watson Fellowship, she spent a year studying movement practices in Taiwan, Indonesia, India, Austria, and The Netherlands. She has been a guest artist/teacher at institutes and universities here and abroad, and spent a decade as Adjunct Professor in the Dance Department at Long Island University, Brooklyn. Vanessa brings both breadth and depth to her teaching of the AT, and can assist students with its application to the performing arts, yoga, and pilates.
As a choreographer, she researches embodiment, relational creativity, and the dynamic processes of perception. For more information about her choreography, see vanessajusticedance.org.
THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY
Master of Fine Arts in Dance/Choreography
Teaching Fellowship included teaching undergraduate level classes in yoga, ballet, modern dance
THE THOMAS J WATSON FELLOWSHIP
Received generous support to study dance, choreography, and movement around the world.
Graduated magna cum laude with a degree in Religious Studies: Philosophy/Buddhism emphasis
TRAININGS AND INFLUENCES
Trainings: Riverside Initiative for The Alexander Technique (Sapientia Initiative), The Yoga School of New York, The Kane School for Core Integration, Gyrotonics, CoreAlign, Body-Mind Centering and Yoga, Anatomy with Irene Dowd, School for F.M. Alexander Studies in Australia
Influences: Skinner Releasing, Klein-Mahler Technique, Stough Breathing Coordination, postmodern dance, ballet with Zvi Gotheiner, Clarice Marshall Pilates, Bartenieff Fundamentals, The Pilates Center, Krishnamacharya lineage of yoga, AT continuing education with a variety of teachers, Science of AT webinar, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Vipassana Meditation, Non-violent Communication