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Raleigh, North Carolina

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Lisa First
Photo by Vladimir Lupovskoy
Lisa teaching at the Conservatory St. Petersburg, Russia.

Lisa First is an American Society of the Alexander Technique (AmSAT) certified instructor of the Alexander Technique and served four years on the AmSAT board of directors. She currently lives in Raleigh, North Carolina where she teaches private and group lessons in the Alexander Technique.  She also travels to Charlotte once a month for teaching lessons.  Lisa teaches nationally and abroad. She completed her three-year training at the Alexander Institute of Boston in 1992.

In the performing arts Lisa has extensive experience working with musicians, dancers and actors. She teaches students of all ages and greatly enjoys sharing the Alexander Technique with diverse populations. She has taught the Alexander Technique at The University of North Carolina Charlotte, Dance Department; Open Door Dance Studios, Charlotte, N.C.; University of North Carolina Greensboro Dance Department, Greensboro, N.C.; Alexander Technique for Parkinson's, The Poise Project (Charlotte); Santa Monica College, Santa Monica, CA; The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA; Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN; The University of Minnesota; McPhail Center for Music; Northwest College of Health Sciences; The Northern Clay Center; The Yoga Center in Minneapolis, MN; St. Paul Athletic Club; The Center for Spirituality and Healing, University of Minnesota; and The Edina Spalon Montage among others. She has also presented workshops on working with horses and riders.

Lisa has a special interest in working with the physically challenged, especially people with Multiple Sclerosis and other chronic health issues. She has shared the Alexander Technique at Zenon Dance, Struthers Parkinson's Center, the Shapiro Center for Multiple Sclerosis, and in the Minneapolis Public Schools system (Clara Barton Open School, South High School, Benjamin Banneker) and through Minneapolis Community Education after school and Adult Education programs. Lisa also co-presented at the Leadership Exchange in Arts & Disability 2022 Access/VSA The Kennedy Center Conference in Raleigh, N.C.

Lisa has taught in Amsterdam, Holland at the Alexander Technique Centre and at the Duncan Center in Prague, the Czech Republic. She has taught workshops in the Alexander Technique at the St. Petersburg Conservatory and at Kannon Dance in St. Petersburg, Russia; Saira Blanche Theatre and the Schepkin Theatre School in Moscow and at the Pedagogical Institute in Yaroslavl where she has worked with artists and community members. She has taught privately in Berlin, Germany, Riga, Latvia and Yaroslavl, Kostroma, Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia.