The videos listed below will give you some idea of her teaching style towards the end of her life, including her emphasis on students taking responsibility for themselves, her use of a wide range of activities as frameworks within which to teach the Alexander Technique, the power and delicacy of her hands and much more.
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Watch a very short introduction to the Alexander Technique by Marjorie:
Video of Marjorie teaching in 1986:
Additional video of Marj teaching in 1991 (courtesy of Barry Kantor)
When most of these last videos were shot in 1990 ,1991 and 1992, Marj was well over 90 and suffering from severe osteoporosis which limited her ability to reach her full height. Despite that, her movements were as fluid as ever. In Alexander Technique jargon, her conditions of use had diminished with age, but her manner of use – and with that, the power and clarity of her touch – was at its peak.* During this workshop, she taught for 6 hours a day – mostly standing on her feet – for seven straight days!)
Marjorie filmed a gathering of students on F. Matthias Alexander’s first Alexander Technique training course in London in the early 1930s. She was probably using the same camera she used in an earlier trip to England with her sister to study with Alexander – the first home movie camera sold in Nebraska! View the first video, showing Alexander hosting his students at an outdoor party in the country here. The second video, probably taken later in the day, showing students clowning around, playing sports, doing Alexander work with each other, and later walking along a street back in London here.
Here’s a nice short video about one of Marj’s aphorisms, You always move better with a smile:
*Click here for more on conditions and manner of use.