Welcome!

Welcome to Studio Brio, offering the Alexander Technique, mindful movement and dance in the Boston area to help you move with ease and dance with pleasure!

Studio Brio is also a state of mind and body that lets you enjoy all the movement in your life, leading you to more of the kind that brings you joy.

Brio is originally an Italian word that English dictionaries define as enthusiastic vigor.  The thesaurus cavorts through synonyms such as dash, drive, dynamism, energy, esprit, get-up-and-go, ginger, gusto, hardihood, juice, life, moxie, oomph, pep, snap, starch, vim, vinegar, vitality, zing, and zip.

Need we say more?

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Alexander Technique

The Alexander Technique is a way to recover the natural grace and efficiency of the body’s design. At first glance it may seem all about good posture, however it is much more than that. It is a set of tools to change harmful, unconscious habits that cause pain or injury, drain energy, or become obstacles to professional performance. It is an educational process rather than a therapy. Treating mind and body as a whole, the Technique teaches students to respond to events and environment more consciously, with better coordination and less unnecessary tension. Stress on joints and spine are reduced, relieving pain, restriction and fatigue.  With sustained practice, improvements in well-being can be broad reaching.

Anyone Can Benefit

  • People with chronic pain, injuries or restricted motion
  • Professionals whose work involves repetitive motions such as musicians, athletes, dental technicians, hair stylists, or carpenters
  • Anyone who spends long hours in front of a computer
  • Artists and performers who want to improve mobility and freedom for expression
  • People wanting to reduce fatigue, increase vitality, and improve their enjoyment of recreational activities
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Argentine Tango

"Tango is improvised. It is improvised all the way. There are no combinations. In tango you can’t be preoccupied with steps. You need to express your feelings while listening to the music."

– Miguel Zotto

Learning to dance Argentine tango socially focuses on communication between partners and the expression of the music. Tango is often called an improvisational walking dance. While the dance may appear to be a series of memorized patterns, it is more like a spontaneous conversation. Movement and steps emerge to the music and in the moment to tell the story of each unique dance. These are just some of the qualities that make Argentine tango a dance that changes the lives of those who are lucky enough to fall under it's spell.

 
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Yoga

Studio Brio yoga classes are inspired by the Alexander Technique, emphasizing awareness of body and mind and creating space for conscious self direction. The focus is not on the perfect asana, but more on the means whereby we move towards it.

Yoga is also woven into some of our dance and movement classes, helping to warm joints, find length, improve mobility and balance.

 

Offerings for Learning & Wellness

Alexander Technique

Private lessons are the primary way of learning the Alexander Technique. Five-lesson introductory packages are available at a savings.

Workshops are scheduled frequently and will give you an introduction to the principles of the technique and a sample of the hands-on experience.

Argentine Tango

Classes are offered at MIT in Cambridge and sometimes at other locations. Visit the calendar for schedule and other information. Visit Tangodogs.com for more information about Pamela and Steve's tango classes.

Private Lessons give you confidence and get you on the dance floor faster. They are the best way to solidify good technique while avoiding pesky habits.

Small Group Lessons are a good way to get more individual attention while enjoying the camaraderie of friends. They can be planned according to the goals and needs of the participants.

Workshops go deeper into special topics. See the calendar for upcoming workshops.

Yoga

Studio Brio yoga classes draw also on the Alexander Technique. Focus, flow and asana are woven together to reduce harmful tension and nurture awareness, bringing you back to your natural ease and vitality.

Fusion Workshops

Available by request, please email if you would like to learn more.

Yoga for Tango, a yoga class highlighting poses and transitions that develop tango-boosting movement skills.

The Un-habit of Tango, a tango workshop using the principles of the Alexander Technique to explore the connection between partners and improvisation.

Alexander Technique for Dancers, a workshop introducing the Technique to dancers of all kinds.

Offerings for Celebrations

Weddings

Tango is the perfect wedding dance and can be planned so you will feel relaxed and able to enjoy the moment with each other. We've helped many happy couples, please call if you think your wedding day includes some tango!

Parties

A dance lesson aimed at bringing out the happy in your guests adds to any celebration! Depending on the occasion, you can pick from tango, salsa, or other latin club dances. We are experts at using dance to bring people together.

Upcoming Events

For regularly scheduled events, visit the Calendar.

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Saturday, April 29, 2017

Reduce Pain and Feel Better with

the Alexander Technique

1:00 - 3:00 pm

Chronic pain and discomfort can arise from how we use our body in activity or inactivity. The Alexander Technique offers strategies for reducing pain and body tension and finding greater ease in everything you do. Used by dancers and performing artists of all kinds to reduce injury and improve movement quality, it is equally effective for those enduring long hours of desk and computer work.
Please wear comfortable clothing. Yoga mat helpful, but not required.

Location: MIT, Bldg 56, Rm 162
Cost: FREE!
Sponsored by the MIT Argentine Tango Club

Space limited, registration required.
Questions? email Pamela at info@studiobrio.org.

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Saturday, June 3, 2017

Introduction to the Alexander Technique

11:00 - 12:30

Come learn what happens in an Alexander Technique lesson and how it can help you. You'll leave with a few tools to start you moving with greater ease.

$20, includes a $20 coupon towards a first lesson
Limited to 5 people
Registration required!

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Reviews

 

" Working with Pamela is a delight. She is opening me to new internal sensations and teaching me how to move forward in the world, free of stress and inhibition.  I am also enjoying the benefits of learning how to use my body as nature intended. Since I began learning the Alexander technique with Pamela, I have grown three quarters of an inch! "

– Ava Amiri, Alexander Technique Student

" You are a remarkable teacher!  Our private lessons were a tremendous help because of your patience and insightful guidance.  I've learned a lot about the dance and about myself.  So, thank you for that!! "

– Clara Chow, Tango Student

" Steve and Pamela have become well-loved, favorites of the Portland Tango community. They are highly talented and uniquely personable teachers with the ability to make all students feel nurtured, supported, and welcome. "

– Paul Bavineau, Tango Instructor, Portland, ME

" Thank you again for the fun you both added to the evening. AND I did learn basic Salsa! You're terrific! "

– Joan Goldman, Birthday Girl

 
 
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About Pamela

Pamela Slavsky is an AmSAT certified Alexander Technique teacher (the American Society for the Alexander Technique) and AmSAT member. She is also a certified yoga instructor, and has been teaching social dance for over 15 years. It is her love for social dance, along with a fascination for how people move and learn, that has resulted in her bringing together three rich and related traditions: The Alexander Technique, Argentine Tango, and Yoga.

Pamela completed her Alexander Technique teacher training and year of post-graduate study at the Alexander Technique Training Center (ATTC) in Newton, MA. There she studied under director Ruth Kilroy and visiting teacher Rivka Cohen. She completed her yoga teacher training at Kripalu in Stockbridge, MA. She has been studying social dance forms for 18 years, with a focus on Argentine tango, along with a deliberate study of how they are taught. Pamela also holds a Bachelors Degree in Social Psychology from the University of Massachusetts.

Pamela has taught dance at a number of schools in the greater Boston area, including Harvard, MIT, Brandeis, Dana Hall School, and master classes for Salem State's Dance Department. She has built long-running social dance programs in Metro West Boston and Providence, Rhode Island. Pamela and her husband Steve have been teaching tango together for almost 15 years, and have been teaching for the MIT Argentine Tango Club since 2006. They have been invited to teach for dance communities and at festivals around New England.

Pamela is currently a teaching assistant and anatomy instructor at ATTC.

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About Steve

Steve Slavsky began dancing Argentine tango in 2000 and was immediately and completely seduced by the dance and the music. He began intensive study with local and visiting instructors and has traveled to Buenos Aires and to festivals around the country to study and develop as a dancer. He has had the opportunity to dance in many communities around the world and appreciates the larger connection available within social dancing.

He has been teaching tango in the Boston area since 2004. He and Pamela teach together for the MIT Argentine Tango Club.

Steve is a creative and insightful teacher and is widely valued for his focus on connection and musicality. With his passion for the music, Steve DJs at Milongas and enjoys making people happy on the dance floor.