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About Ruth

I believe that connecting to your body is a way to connect into your fullness as a human being.

Ruth Alpert is a seasoned professional in movement re-education and body alignment for individuals, and a valued partner to the studio owners and workshop sponsors for whom she teaches.

 

Professional Dancer

Raised in New York City, Ruth has been studying and performing dance since 1956, attending such prestigious schools as George Balanchine’s School of American Ballet and The Merce Cunningham School. Ruth graduated from Bard College with a major in dance. She was part of the post modern scene in Soho in the 1970s and was an original member of Douglas Dunn’s Lazy Madge project. She is also an Appalachian freestyle flatfoot dancer, which – along with improvisational theatre – she has performed regularly.

 

Alternative Movement Techniques

She brings to her work extensive training in alternative movement theories in addition to her many years’ experience as a professional dancer. Ruth’s interest in bodywork and movement grew out of her desire to find a solution to the chronic pain and injury she sustained as a dancer. Since 1976 she has been studying and teaching various movement re-education techniques. She has been particularly inspired by the work of Lulu Sweigard, Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, Susan Klein and Emilie Conrad.

Ruth has been a certified practitioner of The TRAGER® Approach since 1987. She was trained in Pilates by Michele Larsson in 1992 to work specifically with injured clients, has been an Associate of Michele’s Core Dynamics Teacher Training Program, now under the ownership of Kevin Bowen, since 1998. Ruth is also certified as a GYROTONIC® teacher since 2002, and graduated in 2007 as an Alexander Technique teacher from The Alexander Alliance Southwest.

 

A Trainer’s Trainer/Partner to Studio Owners

IMG_7252Ruth has always collaborated with colleagues and other practitioners. She was instrumental in the creation of Momentum, a pilates studio in Santa Fe, NM and remained active in the first 5 years of its management. Also in Santa Fe, Ruth was part of a team that included acupuncture and massage in the practice of a Doctor of Osteopathy, working with persons with acute injuries and chronic conditions. With two other colleagues, she created and worked for five years at Active Recovery, a pilates and GYROTONIC® studio owned by a Rolfer who specialized in whiplash injuries. Since 2001 she has taught for premier studios around the country. A listing of events where she is teaching is located on the Calendar page of this site.