In the early 1980s, David Mills and Catherine Kettrick had an idea for a school that would explore the discoveries of F.M. Alexander in the realm of what we called “Performance” with a capital P—what we typically think of when we hear the word—and “performance”—what all of us do every day in real life.
As a “Performer” you are trained in your art. Whether you are an actor, dancer, singer, musician, athlete, you have undergone years of study and preparation for professional work. You pay attention to the quality of how you are doing what you are doing.
However, all of us perform: we move about, getting from here to there, washing clothes, cooking dinner, taking care of the kids, interacting with co-workers. We aren’t trained to do these things, we just do them. We rarely (if ever) pay attention to the quality of how we are doing any of these activities.
But all of us have one thing in common: we all direct ourselves in movement, and even trained “Performers” often do so unconsciously. Thus, we can develop habits of moving that interfere with our natural ease of movement.
We established The Performance School in 1986 with five colleagues as a place where anyone could come and learn how a simple and practical way to improve the quality of their performance or Performance.