Integrating Instability is a group of Alexander Technique practitioners with EDS/HSD who all came to the work in need of symptom management strategies. Our collective goal is to provide support and develop accessible, alternative resources for people with hypermobility through tailored programming, AT teacher education, and the facilitation of research. We recognize that living with EDS/HSD and other forms of hypermobility is unpredictable and challenging, and hope to offer information that students can take with them into their everyday life.

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Ann Rodiger

BAC Director | Co-founder

Ann Rodiger is the Founder and Director of the Balance Arts Center and the Balance Arts Center Alexander Technique Teacher Training Program. She has been teaching the Alexander Technique and movement for over 35 years in academic and private settings. She also is skilled in Labanotation, Laban Movement Analysis, Bartenieff Fundamentals, Yoga, meditation, and various dance techniques.Along with the Training Course in New York City Ann teaches in Germany, Belgium, Turkey and Greece. 

Ann produces conferences on the Alexander Technique and various disciplines such as Music, Voice, Acting, Dancing and Writing.She is a member of the American Society of the Alexander Technique (AmSAT)  and served on the Board of Directors for 4 years. She is a regular presenter at AmSAT annual conferences and Ehlers Danlos International Society's Patient Care Days.

She has taught in several universities including: University of Illinois-Urbana, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, City College of New York, California State University-Hayward. She is a Juilliard Teaching Artist.

Ann holds a Certification from the Urbana Center in the AT approved by AmSAT. She also holds a Masters Degree in Dance and Movement Analysis from The Ohio State University, an Advanced Labanotation Certificate, and a Bachelors Degree with Honors from the University of Oregon.


Contact Info : arodiger@balanceartscenter.com

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Laura Tuthall

Director of Education & Programming | Co-founder

Laura Tuthall is a disabled interdisciplinary artist, activist, and educator from the San Francisco Bay Area. She dedicated her life to ballet at a young age, missing school regularly to study and perform by the time she was 10. From the beginning, writing and musical composition flourished alongside dance, with over 40 original songs completed by age 13.

Halfway through a BFA in dance from the Boston Conservatory at Berklee, Laura finally received a hEDS diagnosis. While processing this information and the experiences that led up to it, she shifted her focus from contemporary ballet to improvisational dance and collaborative performance, and graduated with honors in 2015.

Next, Laura moved to New York City with dual purpose: to seek new ways of living in her body that honor its fragility and to create - through artistic means or otherwise - work that changes lives. As she began AT teacher training at the Balance Arts Center, bringing her knowledge about bodies and her honesty about her own experiences with her, exploration of adapting AT to hypermobility accelerated exponentially. Laura founded Integrating Instability with Ann Rodiger and Carol Boggs in 2016 to make AT safe and effective for hypermobile people and to increase its availability within hypermobile communities.

Now an AmSAT certified teacher, she designs and implements programming for people with EDS/HSD, participates in efforts to educate AT practitioners about hypermobility, disability, and ableism, and teaches privately on a sliding scale. She has presented on AT for hypermobility at Ehlers Danlos Society and NYIT conferences. Laura views Adaptive AT as just one important component of the care access that disability justice for hypermobile people requires.

On that note, she is currently planning a collaborative project around her newest musical piece, “Oxygen”, a longform song about personal and collective survival within deadly societal structures. The project will center disabled and neurodivergent voices through the use of whatever creative modalities collaborators bring to the mix, including visual, verbal, and performance-based mediums.

https://www.lauratuthall.com/

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Carol Boggs

Education | Co-founder

In 2017, Carol Boggs M.AmSAT discovered she had been living with Hypermobility Spectrum Disorder (HSD) since childhood. With thirty plus years of dancing, including a B.S and M.A. in dance from The Ohio State University and American University, she had a history of joint laxities, injuries, Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI), and Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS), all pointing toward HSD. Her 39 years of experience with the Alexander Technique (AT) provided her with a method for addressing these issues. She gained a collective understanding of her symptoms while she was researching and preparing to offer an Alexander Technique (AT) workshop on hypermobility for AT teachers with AT colleague, Ann Rodiger. It soon became clear to them that a post-graduate training for AT teachers was needed to address specialized protocols for working with the HSD and Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS) populations. They designed a 30-hour course to take place over two weekends in NYC, one in the fall and one in the spring. The course includes informing AT teachers about these conditions, giving instruction for hands-on work, as well as hands-on practice with each other, and when possible, within the context of a free public class offered to those living with EDS/HSD. To date, they have graduated two classes. Carol has had a private practice in the Washington, D.C. area teaching the AT since 1980. Recently, there has been an increased interest in AT for those living with EDS/HSD and she is looking forward to continuing to provide new self-care strategies designed to elicit better support and reduce excess tension. In addition to her private practice, she is a faculty member for a summer AT residential program at Viterbo University in Wisconsin.

Contact Info: carol.s.boggs@gmail.com

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Audre Wirtanen

Head of Development & Research

Audre Wirtanen is a researcher & performer based in Brooklyn, NY. Her background and life trajectories as a movement neuroscientist, performer, Alexander Technique trainee, and chronically ill, abled passing body weave together in all of her current mediums of work. She explores the conversation our experience has with our nervous system, how thinking is processed throughout the body, and challenges the notion of objectivity in systems of research, healthcare, and their basis of ‘normalcy’. She finds the most interesting and revealing areas are those in between, particularly in between volitional and automatic motor processes in the neuromuscular system. She hopes her work will push the boundaries that determine the way society dualistically views the brain and body, all while furthering equitable, inclusive practices in medicine and scientific research. It’s time to name oppression in healthcare and somatics and undo the methods that uphold it!

Audre is able to work as a freelance researcher with support from Keene State College (Keene, NH), Bennington College (Bennington, VT), the American Society for the Alexander Technique (Dayton, OH), and the Balance Arts Center (New York, NY). She leads her own original research investigating changes in motor planning and execution in the brain, has a scientific publication in press, and has presented her work as an independent speaker at Harvard Medical School, the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science, the University of Washington, and the National Dance Education Organization. She has a BA in neuroscience and dance with a minor in chemistry from Bennington College, and will get her PhD, but believes that completing her own independent projects without the direct help of academia is more important right now.

Contact Info : audre.e.wirtanen@gmail.com