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SpeakUP Workshop

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Route de Florissant 56


1206 Geneva


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SpeakUP - Intro to Public Speaking

Wednesdays at 7-9 PM

Instructor: Maya Plentz

B.A. Columbia University, Centre Internationale de la Danse, Merce Cunningham Dance Studios, and Alexander Technique Teacher Trainings in Israel, New York, and San Francisco.

If you want to enhance your athletic performance, conquer your fear of public speaking, get rid of back and neck pain, and increase your flexibility these classes are for you.

Mrs. Plentz incorporates new mind-body approaches in movement reeducation, to engage postural reflexes. Her classes are informed by the latest research on neuromuscular science.

Intro to Public Speaking SpeakUP are Wednesdays from 19:00 to 21:00

You will practice floor work to engage your back and abdominal muscles, and to increase head and neck mobility. Bring your yoga mats if you prefer (there are some at Indigo). Wear athletic clothes and bring a pair of clean socks *you will work on your own feet, massaging and stretching it quite a lot. Bring a short speech to present in front of the class for the Intro SpeakUP class on Wednesdays.

There will be loads of attention to the way you move with gentle hands-on guidance by the instructor to direct your muscles to lengthen as you perform and speak.


Expect to feel your smartphone neck and back pain to dissipate, as well as feel and understand your habits of movement when sitting at your computer desk or working on your laptop, that cause your neck to be bent out of shape. You will leave refreshed, feeling your muscles alive again after a few sessions. The Alexander Technique is meditation in movement.

About Maya Plentz

Ms. Plentz was on the faculty of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York, where she taught the movement for actors class based on Alexander Technique principles, and led workshops at the University of Brasilia Dramatic Arts Department, Alexander Teacher Training Programs in Brazil, at the Maison des Arts de Luxembourg, and at the Maison des Arts du Grutli, in Geneva.

She studied privately and at Alexander Technique Teacher Training programs in New York City, London, and San Francisco, and incorporates her training as a ballet and modern dancer in her classes.

Bringing her experience as a broadcast news producer and journalist she offers media training, pitch training, and public speaking coaching for founders and executives to prepare them for press conferences, phone interviews, and pitches through Skype, one-on-one private coaching at a studio centrally located and /or the comfort of your office.

She worked with professional singers and dancers in New York City and Geneva, to help them to manage the stresses inherent to their daily practice, and to support their rigorous training required to perform in large stages. People from different professional backgrounds who are looking to improve their posture, mobility, and public speaking skills (entrepreneurs, news anchors, and college professors), as well as professional ballet dancers, actors, and classical music students, all can benefit from her unique approach.

Ms. Plentz received her professional training in Ballet in New York with Janet Panetta (ABT), William Burman (NYCB), Fabrice Herrault (Opera de Paris), Lynn Seymour (Royal Ballet), Modern Dance (Graham, Limon, and Cunningham Techniques) with Aaron Osborne (Jose Limon Co.), Jane Dudley (Martha Graham Co), and with Alan Good, Neil Greenberg, Robert Swinston, Megan Walker (Merce Cunningham Dance Co.).

During her dancing career she performed in Paris, Madrid, Brasilia, and New York City, with modern dance and theatre companies that collaborated with contemporary composers, including John Cage.

After a career in dance she returned to university and graduated from Columbia University, with a B.A. in Political Science, in the field of Comparative Politics. The focus of her coursework was Digital Media, News Production, and Art History.

While attending Columbia she worked at Bloomberg TV writing about tech, medical sciences, the WTO, UNDP, IMF, World Bank, Google, IBM, Amazon, the Nasdaq, and IPO's.

Upon graduating she joined the United Nations in New York, as an international affairs news producer. She interviewed daily high-level government officials, analysts, and academic experts for the official UN news bulletins. She has done voice-over work and simultaneous translation (play-by-play) for ESPN International, covering volleyball, basketball, equestrian sports, and gymnastics.

Celebrities who apply the Alexander Technique

Hugh Jackman, Roald Dahl, Kenneth Branagh, Dame Judi Dench, James Galway, Jeremy Irons, Barry Humphries, Prunella Scales, Jennifer Saunders, Julia Sawalha, Roger Woodward, Robin Williams, Sir Paul McCartney, Paul Newman, Madonna, Sting, James Galway Kevin Kline, Daley Thompson, William Hurt, Yehudi Menuhin, John Dewey, Aldous Huxley, George Bernard Shaw, Raymond Dart, George E. Coghill, Charles Sherrington, Greg Chapel, Linford Christie, and Nobel Prize Winner in Physiology Nikolaas Tinbergen.

Here is what they say:

The Alexander Technique will benefit anyone whether they are an elite athlete or whether they just wish to live life without the aches and pains that many people suffer and accept as part of life. It is a pity that these techniques are not shown to us all at an early age for I have no doubt that this would alleviate many of the causes of ill health in our communities.

Greg Chappell, Australian test cricketer

The Alexander Technique works... I recommend it enthusiastically to anyone who has neck pains or back pain.

Roald Dahl, writer

Mr Alexander has done a service to the subject [of the study of reflex and voluntary movement] by insistently treating each act as involving the whole integrated individual, the whole psychophysical man. To take a step is an affair, not of this or that limb solely, but of the total neuromuscular activity of the moment, not least of the head and neck.

Sir Charles Sherrington, neurophysiologist

The Technique's many benefits for actors include minimised tension, centeredness, vocal relaxation, and responsiveness, mind/body connection and about an inch and a half of additional height.

Kevin Kline, actor

I can definitely say without hesitation that I wouldn't have had the rowing success that I have had the luxury of experiencing in my short time on the water, without finding the AT and the great teachers that I have had the privilege to work with.

Valerie Thompson-Williams, rowing masters gold medallist

The Alexander Technique makes a real difference to my often tense and busy life. Its thoughtful approach has made me calmer, improved my concentration and given me a clearer sense of my own well being. I am grateful for it.

Joan Bakewell, TV presenter and journalist

97% of people with back pain could benefit by learning the Alexander Technique - it is only a very small minority of back pain sufferers that require medical intervention such as surgery.

Dr. Jack Stern, MD

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