“Belinda Mello is my first recommendation for an Alexander Technique teacher in New York”.
Teaching Member, AmSAT, ATI; originator of Body Mapping
Belinda Mello, certified Alexander Technique teacher since 1989, is a member of ATI, ATME and is an associate member of ACAT. She studied with master teacher Marjorie Barstow, her postgraduate studies include the Carrington approach with John Nichols, and an on-going exchange with Dr. William Conable. She has led workshops and group classes at many locations, notably the New York Open Center, Soho Center for the Alexander Technique, LIU Physical Rehabilitation Center and Spoke the Hub Re-Creation Center. She has given workshops specifically for Licensed Massage Therapists at the Swedish Institute of Massage Therapy and for the American Association of Massage Therapists.
Belinda currently teaches movement for actors in the CUNY/Brooklyn College Theatre Department She has been a guest lecturer and workshop leader at other conservatory and college programs including the New Actors Workshop, NYU Undergraduate Theater Department, Musical Theater Workshop, Muhlenberg College and for theater companies including the Jean Cocteau Repertory and Aching Dogs Rep. In 1995-97 she co-founded the Alexander Project for the Performing Arts with vocal coach Leann Overton as a vehicle for teaching the Alexander Technique to opera singers and classical voice students. She is presently working on an article about the training of actors with her colleague, Teva Bjerken.
Belinda Mello draws on her background in theater, dance and movement analysis. She has a MFA in Directing, continues to direct new and devised works and has recently been part of team developing an original musical play. She has served as a movement coach and movement dramaturg on productions at the Gershwin Theater, the Tribeca Performing Arts Center and the Women’s Project. Belinda has worked with directors and playwrights such as Anne Bogart, Tony Kushner, Wendy Woodson and has studied mask with Per Brahe. She has performed at The Istanbul International Theater Festival, St. Mark’s Church/Danspace, The Yard, Bread and Puppet Resurrection Circus.
Belinda has danced throughout her life and has performed with Eva Dean and Elise Long. The foundation of her dance and movement education includes ballet, modern dance technique at the Cunningham and Hawkins studios as well as African Dance, Contact Improvisation, Laban’s Effort/Shape analysis, Bartenieff Fundamentals, Ideokinesis, Choreography, and a brief venture into trapeze dance. She has studied Body Mind Centering with Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen and co-authored a published study on posture as part of her undergraduate degree at Hampshire College. She continues to pursue her interest in movement through Yoga and the masks she creates for performance and workshops.