ETABA (Escuela de la Tecnica Alexander de Buenos Aires) is a teacher training course in the Alexander Technique approved by the Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique (STAT) London. It was established in 2006 under the directorship of Merran Poplar.
The training of 1600 hours is divided over 3 years, 35 weeks a year divided into 3 terms of 12 or 11 weeks. The school hours are from 2.00pm to 5.30pm Mondays and 9am to 12.30 pm Tuesday to Friday with private lessons until 1pm.
The school is essentially bi-lingual though there is a bias towards Spanish in that any English spoken or read is translated into Spanish, whereas much Spanish is spoken or read and not translated into English. Therefore international students are expected to have at least a basic understanding of Spanish to participate fully in the school.
ETABA also offers postgraduate study as well as ˜teaching terms» and on occasion will take students for shorter periods of intensive study.
All the teachers of ETABA are fluent in English and teach individual lessons in Buenos Aires. You can find contact information for ETABA teachers in the section PROFESORES. Information on upcoming workshops can be found in the section «ACTIVIDADES«. For further information or application forms please go to CONTACTO For more information on the Alexander Technique please go to LINKS«.
During the course of the morning students receive ‘turns’ (short individual lessons), work in small groups of two to four developing the skilled use of their hands and have time to work on themselves. In the larger class group (maximum 15) Alexanders books are read and discussed, as is other relevant material including basic anatomy and physiology. Each day we also explore a particular procedure often related to developmental movement, or voice work or the application of the Technique to a particular activity. Students also receive 2 private lessons with the director each term.
ETABA enjoys a close association and exchange of teachers with the Uruguayan school (EUTA) and receives many guest teachers from abroad England, Spain, Holland, Australia, Brazil and the United States.
Australian by birth (and at heart), Merran has spent most of her adult life in Europe and now lives in Argentina. She graduated from the Constructive Teaching Centre in London in the spring of 1994, having completed part of her training with Joan and Alex Murray in Illinois, USA, and Arie Jan Hoorweg in Amsterdam, Holland. In 1996 Merran moved back to the Netherlands, where she was based for 10 years teaching privately, at the music conservatorium in Utrecht, at the Dutch String Quartet Academy, working with women in pregnancy and childbirth and assisting Arie Jan Hoorweg on his teacher training course (ATON).
In 2006 she moved to Buenos Aires to open a training course (ETABA).
Merran has had a long standing interest in the teachings of J Krishnamurti and maintains a relationship with different Krishnamurti centres including the Centre for Learning in Bangalore India where she has been teaching the Alexander Technique. In recent years she has also been learning ˜Non Violent Comunication».
Merran is also a member of ATE (Alexander Technique Education) which values the Alexander Technique as an educational approach and is dedicated to maitaining the highest standards of Alexander Training.