Barbara Mahler

Online Workshop Description | Sat 18 - Sun 19 Apr 2020, 3-5.30pm

“Klein Technique™ is a system that allows movers of all kinds and levels to achieve more fluidity and ease of movement. The work deepens body awareness, and in turn increases creativity and expression. The explorations we do in class require time, involving weaving theory and practice. We take time in working, in process, and to simply learn to be.”

Klein Technique™ works at the level of the bone, the densest and deepest structure in the body, the structure that conducts the most energy. We use its clarity, its properties to work on the fundamental connections for movement, grounding, presence and we utilize its architecture with imagery, direction and energy. Engaging on this level allows us to drop in under the layers of muscle which holds us in set postural configurations.

The work we do in class focuses on deep connections of support and movement: Freeing the legs and spine, connecting the pelvis to the legs, the upper body to the lower and the skull to the feet. We focus on grounded-ness by first standing the pelvis on top of the legs which helps us to be upright, aligned to the forces of gravity. Building on this principle, we explore the deep muscles of postural support—the hamstrings (sitz bones to the heels), the external rotators, the psoas and the tail to pubic bone/tail to heels.

Throughout the classes we interweave theory and physical practice, and we welcome everyone to learn at their own pace.

This is an online workshop hosted by Independent Dance on Zoom.


Barbara Mahler is a long-standing and active member of the New York City dance community as a choreographer, performer, a movement educator and body worker.

Teaching for above 30 years, she is a major contributor in the development and outreach of Klein Technique™, associate Director of the Susan Klein School of Dance 1983-2004, having begun her studies in 1978. Barbara has been an ongoing faculty member with Movement Research since 2005, and a 2001 and 2006 Movement Research Artist-in-Residence. She travels worldwide in various contexts, as part of ongoing education programs and festivals, as well as open workshops,- Iceland, Denmark, Sweden, Canada, Taiwan. As a choreographer, she works with subtle and intricate movement, time and architecture. Her choreography is consistent with her teaching vision and work.

Her solo dances have most recently be seen in Conception, Chile, as part of the BIOBIO Festival, where she was an artist in residence, in NYC at the Performance MIx Festival 33, Jamaica Center for the Performing Arts, Queens Theater, Judson Church as part of the Movement Research presenting series, others. She received her BA from Hunter College under the tutelage of Dorothy Vislocky, and her MFA from University Wisconsin- Milwaukee 2008. Barbara is a Zero Balancing Senior Faculty and Certified practitioner (1986).