Babette Lightner is director of Stones in Water - a Movement Education and LearningMethods Center in the Minneapolis, Minnesota and western Wisconsin. Lightner is a Registered Somatic Movement Educator, has a degree in Dance, is a Certified Teacher of the Alexander Technique and is one of four Certified LearningMethods™ Teachers in the United States. For ten years she taught in the Professional Actor Training Program at the University of Minnesota. She created human coordination classes for the Music Department at the University of Minnesota and at Macphail Center for the Arts. She was the Artist in Residence for the Theatre Department at the University of Wisconsin, River Falls. Lightner has lectured and taught for many universities, institutions and organizations including the Guthrie Theater, Sister Kenny Institute, Balk Opera Music Institute, Voice Center of Fairview, Taipei National University of Arts in Taiwan, and with the internationally acclaimed a cappella group Rajaton. She is on the faculty of the VoiceCare Network
and the BFA University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater Acting program. For 20 years Lightner has maintained an individual practice, initially as an Alexander Technique Teacher and currently as a Optimal Functioning training and LearningMethods™ teacher. In this practice she works with people dealing with pain, stress issues, and with performers who want to get better at what they do.
Her explorations into human movement have taken her around the world, from dancing with a folk dance troupe in the villages of South India to performing with a post-modern physical theatre company in the warehouses of Boston. She is currently one of a handful of teachers pioneering a new paradigm for understanding human structure and function in the Anatomy of Wholeness workshops. She has developed her own movement work called Wholeness in Motion™. This innovative approach brings together her range of expertise in movement work including: Alexander Technique, Yoga, Tai Chi Chuan, Body Mind Centering, Bartenieff Fundamentals, Modern and Ethnic Dance, Mindfulness, Laban Movement Analysis and LearningMethods. She has a studio in Minneapolis and on 160 acres outside of River Falls, Wisconsin and maintains an active workshop and lecture schedule.