Susan Reece, PhD
SVP Human Resources, Availity
Shellie earned a BFA in Ballet from the University of Utah, and an MA in Movement Studies and Dance from Wesleyan University. She became interested in the Alexander Technique while dancing professionally with classical ballet and modern companies in the US and Europe.
Following her professional concert dance career, Shellie shifted to academia, initially teaching dance at Wichita State and Bucknell. Coinciding with her academic career, she studied the Alexander Technique between 1993-1998, receiving ATI certification as well as promotion to Associate Professor of Dance at the College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati (UC). She subsequently reached the level of Full Professor at UC, and was Dance Division Head there for 12 years.
Currently, Shellie guest teaches and coaches nationally and internationally, and is dedicated to sharing what she has learned about the Technique to people in all walks and stages of life.
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Depth of Understanding: Shellie trained with first generation graduates of F.M. Alexander’s first teacher training course (people who studied directly with Alexander), as well as numerous second generation teachers. With 1600 hours of certification training and over 20 years of consistent application, she is a seasoned professional with a full and long-standing grasp of AT processes and possibilities.
Range of Experience: Her over 1000 students have included corporate executives, business leaders, dancers, musicians, actors, athletes, and other people seeking greater efficacy. Covering a wide array of age groups and circumstances, they all have one thing in common—a desire for beneficial change.
Proven Results: A consistent theme among her students is the very concrete, significant advances they achieve through working with her. Shellie’s numerous testimonials are examples of the “before and after” impact AT has had in the lives of these people.
Teaching Foundation: Having been an acclaimed classroom teacher across four decades, Shellie knows how knowledge is transferred and retained. Her own lessons learned “from the trenches” has refined and enhanced her ability to meet people where they are, intellectually and emotionally.
Performer’s Reality: Shellie’s first student was herself. The AT transformed her effectiveness not only in every dancing, teaching and business role she filled, but better enabled her across a vast spectrum of other life challenges.