”I believe Shellie Cash’s Alexander Technique work combined with her personal approach provide results that are very difficult to replicate. She is the missing link for successful leaders who need to raise their game on how they show up as corporate athletes. I’m an executive coach and performance improvement expert, and the leaders I work with are already incredibly successful. Yet competitive differentiation requires more… employees and shareholders need and expect the "whole" leader. Shellie is able to help them address the gap around "how they show up" in such areas as presence, confidence, positioning, power and balance. In short, she’s an expert in how to hone skills that end up being the difference in fully succeeding versus not.”
Karen Steadman, Founder, Leadership Futures, Inc.
”Shellie Cash has a rare gift—with her gentle guidance, each Alexander session leaves me feeling years younger, refreshed, and realigned. Now this talented dancer and choreographer is sharing her skill and teaching others this powerful method. I wish everyone could experience the Alexander Technique through Shellie- She has a magic touch.”
Diana Williams, WABC-TV Anchor
”I have to admit that when my Executive Coach presented the idea of Alexander Technique, I was a bit apprehensive. However, after the initial meeting with Shellie, that apprehension was short lived. As if her passion for the technique were not enough, her professionalism, skill, approach, and ability to present the material in a relatable manner far exceeded my expectations. Application of the Alexander Technique with regard to organizational behavior is indeed cutting edge; from both a personal and professional perspective, it has enhanced the quality of my life and made me a true believer.”
Brian Board, Vice President, Noven Pharmaceuticals
”I had the extraordinary good fortune of learning how Shellie uses the Alexander Technique to help business leaders. I asked Shellie to come to a meeting of participants from around the world to share how Alexander Technique can be used. The experience was profound for us all, and improved the remainder of our meeting. Members reported an immediate shift in their ability to be present, were visibly relaxed, and exhibited an increased sense of being grounded. In fact, a number of individuals requested the opportunity for a more individualized session. Shellie is indeed a masterful practitioner, trainer and facilitator.”
Barbara Mintzer-McMahon, President, The Center for Transitional Management
”Shellie's love of life, in its varied states of wonder and hard knocks, shines through her words, her actions and her teachings. One is left feeling supported, stronger and ready for more.”
Alisa Lynn Hagan, Human Resources Representative, University of Texas at Austin
”I was amazed at the simple techniques Shellie taught me to relax and find comfort to what has been an ongoing and nagging problem with my shoulder. I can see how using this will help me manage the discomfort going forward in a range or personal or work settings. I was also quite impressed by Shellie's approach and knowledge of the mind/body connection. She really is good!”
Val Markos, Owner, Vmark Consulting
”I especially appreciated Shellie’s calm presence and thoughtful, non-judgmental way in which she worked with me and others. The Alexander Technique, at least to me (a person who really wants to understand everything concretely), isn’t something that is necessarily obvious or easy, but requires attention and commitment. Shellie’s gently open approach allows people to do the clumsy exploration of a new and unique territory with a considerable amount of grace and acceptance.”
Ross Martin, Partner, Black Tusk Leadership, Inc.
”Shellie possesses a unique empathy toward others and understands the connectedness of mind, body and spirit.”
Susan W. Gidley, Retired Disabilities Rehabilitation Counselor
”I wish I had incorporated The Alexander Technique earlier. As a successful entrepreneur and past Bellsouth executive, understanding how your body connects with your mind and actions can be paramount to your success. If you are a speaker of any kind, you will notice more connection with your audience, and a more assured delivery. I highly recommend The Alexander Technique and Shellie Cash. She helps you see and understand areas you need to focus on, all done with kindness and a quiet control.”
Lisa Almeida, CEO, Freedom Boat Club, Jacksonville
”While Shellie’s wisdom, command, and experience around Alexander Technique are something to behold, her “bedside manner” is equally distinctive in the realm of group facilitation and individual coaching. I’ve worked with the most highly capable advisors in the world, yet have truly never seen someone so at the same time down-to-earth and knowledgeable, so simultaneously authoritative yet engaging.”
Kevin Hummel, President, Lighthouse Consulting Group, Inc.
”Shellie Cash is an amazing talent through her coaching with Alexander Technique and her calming, kind presence. She helped me understand where I hold tension and that I can trust my body to do its job without stressing muscles in ways they weren’t meant to be used. Even my TMJ is greatly relieved as I practice what she shared. Shellie uses her amazing gifts of insight and patience to help everyone she touches enjoy a healthier and more enriched life.”
Susan Reece, PhD, SVP Human Resources, Availity
”Miss Shellie Cash conducted three days of Alexander Technique Classes at the Joffrey Ballet School, New York. In these she explained the basic background and principles of the technique, and how they related to the teaching and learning of ballet. She worked closely with our faculty, who found her interaction with their teaching both informative and inspiring. Her positive energy enthused us all, and the students were very receptive to her tuition. Making kinesthetic and anatomical sense of ballet alignment and movement was the essential ingredient of her workshops. We hope she will return soon, and spend longer time with us."
Robert Ray, M.A., Artistic Director, Joffrey Ballet School, New York
”During the many years I have known and worked with and for Shellie Cash, both at CCM and in Copenhagen at my International Seminar, I have observed her unbelievable interest and concern in every single student she works with in class. Her knowledge and psychological insight is profoundly honest. With her excellent teaching of the Alexander Technique I have noticed great results in dancers as well as in musicians. As a choreographer Ms Cash works to expand the students’ boundaries leading to great results.”
Vivi Flindt, Director of Bartholin International Seminar, Royal Danish Ballet
”Shellie Cash is a warm and supportive teacher who combines her expertise in ballet and Alexander Technique to really help dancers grow and develop. They are able, in a short period of time, to dance with greater expressiveness, ease, and artistry. I would recommend Ms. Cash enthusiastically as a teacher who can employ the Alexander technique to address a wide range of issues in a transformative way."
Mary Lisa Burns, Dean of Dance, New World School of the Arts
”Shellie loves sharing her knowledge with others and is accessible, creative, adaptable and as a teacher and choreographer is able to cross many boundaries including levels of instruction, dance disciplines, and collaborations with other artists. I have the utmost respect for her in all areas of dance and especially for her expertise in the somatic disciplines.”
Tauna Hunter, Chair of Dance, Mercyhurst University
“Whether teaching a private lesson or a large group workshop, Shellie is a masterful teacher of Alexander Technique. She is equally adept at teaching young students, seasoned performers, those new to the technique, and those who are experienced practitioners. She is an outstanding teacher and artist.”
Shawn Womack, Chair of the Theatre and Dance Department, Colorado College
“I had been battling tendonitis in both arms for over a year, and was concerned that my hope to be a professional violinist was going to be dashed by my own physical limitations, as all of the physical therapists I consulted suggested I consider quitting the violin altogether. Shellie awakened my awareness to tension in my body, and patiently guided and coached me to using Alexander Technique concepts while playing my instrument. Without a doubt, if I had not met Shellie there is a strong chance that I would not be a professional performing violinist today. Playing the violin and making music has always been my first love, and I am eternally and indescribably grateful for her patience in helping me to continue along my journey.“
Dawn Posey, Professional Violinist
“Dancers can be especially difficult to work with because our extensive training often teaches us to force movement. When a teacher informs us we don’t need extraordinary tension to achieve our goals, many dancers respond with disbelief. The endlessly patient Ms. Cash never once gave up on me. Not only has the technique worked wonders for my dancing, but it has also improved the overall quality of my life. I’ve found Ms. Cash’s open, accessible pedagogical method makes the Alexander Technique more easily grasped, making it applicable in every aspect of life. She is without a doubt a wonderful gift to any student of life who seeks self-improvement”.
Colleen Barnes, Joffrey Ballet School, New York, Faculty & Administration
“AT is a way of improving ease, freedom of movement, flexibility, inner support and general well-being for anyone willing to experience a journey of self-discovery.”
Shaharazad Arteaga, Former CCM Dance Major, International Flight Attendant
“I have learned more than I ever thought I would in AT and it is something I will always carry with me. It has helped me with my breathing, my posture, the way I move and much, much more. The growth I have experienced is remarkable and I am eternally grateful.”
Stephanie Hammer, Dance Major CCM 2013
“Alexander Technique is: Freedom of the mind, body, spirit. Flexibility of the mind, body and spirit. A fluidity that creates ease and flexibility in all movements, including singing. A more present and aware sense that allows rawness and true talent to shine through. A release of all things inhibiting oneself that will truly allow one’s unique personality and talent to shine in its simplest, most raw way. This then truly allows the audience to feel one with the performer and allows them to feel and experience the art form as if being inside it.”
Kristen DiNinno, Mezzo-Soprano
“Before this AT workshop, I hadn’t thought of release and dynamic alignment originating in the neck, a primary source of tension for me. After some hands-on work and explanation, it was revolutionary to sense how easy and fluid basic human activities such as walking, sitting and standing can be. Not only did this weekend aid my physical alignment and awareness, it also rejuvenated my spiritual sense of quiet and inner peace. I had no idea AT could be such a powerful mind and body experience until now. I feel more energized yet calm and fluid after working with this Technique and look forward to experiencing the benefits of continued practice.”
Alisa Jordheim, Soprano
“For two years, I had simply accepted chronic back pain as a problem that affected every aspect of my daily routine. After experimenting with yoga, physical therapy, and advice from my family doctor, I was out of options. That is, until I discovered the Alexander Technique. I immediately began to see and feel results from studying with Ms. Cash, who helped me to become pain-free for the first time in months”.
Grace Dumesnil, University of Cincinnati Student
“Incorporating AT into my everyday routine is incredibly beneficial, improving not only my resting posture and breath, but my performance quality.”
Kevin Newell, Tenor
“Shellie is one of the handful of top shelf dance professionals that I was blessed to meet in my 46 year career.”
Dermot Burke, Former Artistic Director, Dayton Ballet Company
“My experience with Shellie was fantastic. She is an energetic and caring leader. The dancers benefited immensely from her personal mentoring and skillful instruction of the modern dance technique. Her guidance in their dance career as well as their young adult lives is a rarity in the teaching world today.”
Karen Russo Burke, Artistic Director, Dayton Ballet Company
“Never forgetting about technique and the art of movement, Shellie has an amazing ability to challenge and inspire dancers to reach a little deeper within themselves to discover new interpretations, new ways of moving, and a richer understanding of what it means to dance - and it's an exhilarating experience!”
Cameron Basden, Director of Dance, Interlochen Arts Academy
“Shellie is dedicated to her work and has a great passion for the Arts. She is a wonderful teacher/coach, has a kind spirit, and loves to work with and help students achieve their full potential in their dancing.”
Steve Beirens, Director Ballet Theatre Midwest
“Her great love and respect for her art and the people around her makes anything she has to offer enriching to someone’s life. Shellie has great ambition for herself and those that seek to learn from her. She has helped me obtain my personal tools and goals for a very fruitful career in the arts world.”
Maggie Huling, Quad City Ballet Company
“I've enjoyed working with and observing Shellie Cash in her many roles—teacher, dancer, choreographer and generous dance supporter. Shellie has always been willing to provide new and challenging experiences for the students she's working with. She was not afraid to expose them to new ideas, new techniques, and new choreographic visions. Shellie created an open and welcoming space for all forms of dance.”
Jefferson James, Former Artistic & Executive Director, Contemporary Dance Theater
"Shellie sincerely cared about every student as an individual and as a dancer; everyone was respected and valued as an artist. She fostered a very nurturing environment, was a wealth of information on any topic, and offered so much great advice. I think this is from her sincere desire to see each student succeed. It meant so much and was very empowering to know someone cared that much and believed in me. She influenced me as a person and artist in so many ways that have been life changing."
Kristina D’Onofrio, CCM BFA Ballet 2008, Former dancer with Tulsa Ballet II,
Louisville Ballet, Festival Ballet
“Shellie Cash is an exceptional educator, choreographer, and teacher in the dance field.”
Jiang Qi, Director and Professor of Dance Department,
College-Conservatory of Music, U. of Cincinnati