About Belinda Mello
Belinda Mello is a senior level Alexander Technique teacher and movement specialist with over 25 years experience. She currently teaches at the SITI Conservatory, The Barrow Group and for 15 years was an adjunct Assistant Professor for Alexander Technique in the Brooklyn College/CUNY Theater Department where she has also taught Acting, Movement and Mask. She has been a faculty member or guest teaching artist at the Tom Todoroff Conservatory, Ted Bardy Studio, Larry Singer Studio, Muhlenberg College, The Actor’s Movement Studio, the New Actor’s Workshop, NYU's Musical Theater Workshop and has worked on theater productions with The Women’s Project, Prospect Theater Company Dark Nights. and others.
Her Alexander Technique training began at The Alexander Foundation in Philadelphia and included study with Marjorie Barstow. She continues to study with master teachers and completed a post-graduate training in the Carrington approach. Master teacher Dr. William Conable has been her mentor for many years. Belinda draws on her background in movement and theater for her weekly classes for actors, and in her presentation coaching. She is a member of the Margolis Method professor certification group. Her movement experience is grounded in contact improvisation, ideokinesis, modern dance, yoga and Body-Mind Centering. She has been tutored in mask by Per Brahe and studied Rasaboxes with Paula Murray Cole. Belinda also co-produces the annual Freedom to Act Conference in NYC and teaches at the Alexander Residential Workshops in Spokane and Columbus.
As a performer Belinda has worked in the USA and Europe, and was both a director and actor in the Peculiar Works Obie Award-winning production. Belinda earned her BA at Hampshire College and is a graduate, cum laude, of the MFA directing program at Brooklyn College/CUNY. In her early performance experience she was fortunate to work with Anne Bogart, Tony Kushner, Wendy Woodson and Eva Dean.
Belinda's Teaching Philosophy: AT Motion
Belinda's work is informed by life experience as a performer, director and choreographer as well as her extensive experience in somatic movement studies, counseling and parenting. Her deep appreciation of human design and our collaborative intelligence guides her teaching and coaching. She seeks to bring insight into the core coordination of thought and movement for a sense of harmony, authentic expression and for energetic resilience.
AT Motion is my unique approach to being at motion.
You are made to move. The more you allow yourself to move freely, the healthier and happier you'll be.
What Belinda's Students are Saying About Her:
“I am thankful that I know Belinda Mello and know her work. Being left in a debilitated physical state after experiencing eight months of Lyme Disease before being successfully treated, I knew that I needed help. Belinda has worked with me consistently and effectively since then, in tandem with my physical trainer, and her knowledge and enthusiasm for Alexander Technique is exemplary. She’s the real deal in all ways. You’ll love her, too! ”
– Catherine Chadwick Actor (HBO's The Normal Heart, Blue Bloods)
“Belinda Mello helped me to better understand the connection between my mind and body which in turn has greatly enhanced my presence onstage as well as my connection with the audience.”
NYC standup comedian (CNBC Common Cents, CMT Next Big Comic)
"Belinda Mello is my first recommendation for an Alexander Technique teacher in New York."
Alexander Workshops, AmSAT, ATI; originator of Body Mapping
“Belinda helped to strength our company’s sense of ensemble in 2 short hours. She applies Alexander work to fun imaginative physical exercises that incorporate voice and text and put “play” back in the play. We intend to make her master classes an ongoing opportunity for the actors in our company.”
– Claire Beckman
Director: Brave New World Repertory Theatre
“Belinda is a nurturing, warm, insightful teacher who gives her all”
Acting Coach (T. Schreiber Studio, AADA), Producing Artistic Director Aching Dogs Theatre Company
“… After working with Belinda, I gained awareness of how my muscles would grip during extreme emotions. It was no wonder I’d leave the stage exhausted. With the Alexander Technique, I gained the skills to ease into myself while performing and I find I not only enjoy my work more, I feel energized!”
Actress (One Life to Live, Rescue Me)
“I came to Alexander Technique for help with lifelong posture problems. Over the course of ten weeks, Belinda has changed my perception of my body in space. Her clear, easy-to-remember instructions gave me tools that have dramatically improved my balance and flexibility. Our work together has been a transforming experience.”
– Steve Lipmann
“At the time, I was curious to see what Alexander Technique could do to change my tai chi form. As it turned out, I was pressing myself down into the ground such that plantar warts had developed. I had confused “relax” and “sink” with pressing my whole body down into the ground. The first class was a revelation — not to mention a shock! — and ultimately the plantar wart actually went away. I studied with Belinda for several years and made many changes. It was a great experience. Besides being creative, Belinda is great fun to work with.”
tai chi practitioner and teacher
“Working with Belinda has been epiphanic for me. Her approach to Alexander Technique is a different paradigm for being in your body—a way to be fully present and at ease with yourself. She has helped me to significantly reduce physical pain in my neck, jaw, back and shoulders. Also, through developing awareness of energetic constriction and alignment, she has guided me to many important insights about my life.”
a Brooklyn based multi-media artist
"Lessons with Belinda Mello are full of a spirit of joy. She is a gifted
teacher: warm, endlessly inventive and patient. But to me, the joyfulness is
the truly rare quality which has made my Alexander lessons a life-changing
Musician: Viol, Cello