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Dr. Teresa Dybvig, Director

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Colorado 2018
Main Program Details

From: Wednesday, June 20 (1:00 pm)
Through: Monday, June 25 (9:00 pm)

You can read you can read all about the Main Program on this page. To learn about the Special Packages on Tuesday, June 19, please visit the Special Packages page.

The Main Program will be six days of supportive interaction among students and faculty. For more detailed information about The Well-Balanced Pianist programs, please visit

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Lessons, bodywork sessions, clinics, and classes are included in the Main Program. There are also extras for you to choose from, which can enhance your knowledge, comfort, and skills.

The Main Program. You will experience all of this in the Main Program:

  1. Four half-hour lessons with Teresa Dybvig or Susan Nowicki
    • You will be partnered with 2 or 3 other students, who will attend your lessons, and, if you choose, your practice.
    • You choose what to work on during your lesson.
    • You are invited (urged even) to attend as many lessons as your concentration allows, unless the student specifies otherwise.
    • You will have all your lessons with one teacher. We will make every attempt to assign you to the teacher you prefer, but as you can imagine, we cannot guarantee. Don't worry! You will have a good teacher either way!
  2. One clinic on Thursday
  3. Three Sunday clinics
  4. A 55-minute private session, included in your fee, with either Judy Huston or Sharon Oliensis
  5. Opening program on Courage, including introductory thoughts and fun activities, followed by dinner reception
  6. An open-forum Q&A session, during which you can ask your own questions
  7. An evening of listening
  8. Mealtime discussions about optimal mindset for practice and performance
  9. A Performance class in which everyone will have the opportunity to use particular mindset tools to practice courage in performance
  10. A Works-in-Progress recital
  11. Practice time

Optional extras which can enhance your knowledge, comfort, and skill:

  1. Additional private sessions in Aston Patterning, with Judy Huston. You can explore fitness, general movement, or movement at the piano in these lessons, which are available at an additional fee of $75 for a 55-minute session, payable at check-in. You can arrange this time in advance when you register, or during the week if Judy has any openings. Space is limited for these sessions.
  2. Additional private bodywork sessions, with Sharon Oliensis. These sessions would either be movement lessons or massage, and are available at an additional fee of $75 for a 55-minute session, payable at check-in. You can arrange this time in advance when you register, or during the week if Sharon has any openings. Space is limited for these sessions.
  3. Back by popular demand, you have the option to participate in a Special Package on June 19: luxurious long bodywork (massage and/or movement with Sharon, movement with Judy) sessions and piano lessons. The Special Package is available for $330.
  4. If you participate in a Special Package, you will have the option of joining veteran hiker/climber (and veteran WBP CO participant!) for a Taste of the Rockies Hike on Wednesday, June 20. Fee for the hike is $5 plus a nominal contribution toward park entry.

The Schedule
Check-in for the Main Program will start at 1 pm on Wednesday, June 20. The program will open later that day, with an orientation meeting at 4:00 pm. From 5:00 pm to 8:30 pm there will be opening thoughts on Courage, followed by some fun activities and a reception of light dinner with some 4-hand entertainment provided by Ms. Nowicki and Ms. Dybvig, along with entertainment by any others who would like to join in! The following days will begin at 9 am and end at approximately 9 pm, and will include lessons, clinics, bodywork, and mindset discussions. Click here to see a sample Main Program day's schedule.

Special Packages will run from 9:30 am through 5:30 pm on Tuesday, June 19. Check-in will start at 9:00 am.

Thursday Clinics
On Thursday, June 21, we will begin our day with a clinic. You can choose between two when you register. One will help participants who are new to us get a good start on incorporating healthy movement. The other is for returning participants to focus on a more complex aspect of movement. If you are unsure about which June 21 clinic is best for you, don't worry. Just ask when you register!

Sunday Clinic Day
We will spend Sunday morning in the foothills of Golden, Colorado, where you will have the choice of participating in a clinic or enjoying the outdoors. Rides to the area will be available for those without cars. In the afternoon we will return to CCU, where you will have two more clinics of your choice, a mindset discussion, and duet coaching. You will be asked at registration to choose the clinics you would like to participate in.

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Note: No previous experience in the Taubman approach, the Feldenkrais Method®, or Aston-Patterning is necessary for participation in this program.

Golden, Colorado
Scene from our undemanding walk
to downtown Golden, CO!

Scene from our demanding walk in the
foothills. That's a person at the top!

Relaxing in the lounge

Aston-Patterning specialist Judy Huston
helping people with whole-body movement at the piano

Students enjoying Susan Nowicki's shaping clinic