Grethe Laub (1911–1996), Danish teacher of the Alexander Technique whose special interest was working with children.
Grethe Laub trained as a nursery school teacher at the Froebel Institute in Copenhagen between 1933-35. In 1949 she travelled to London and had a number of lessons with F. M. Alexander as well as some with his assistants. She trained with Walter Carrington at the Constructive Teching Centre (CTC) 1962–65. Here she ran a nursery school in the basement for one year. She would continue to visit CTC for the rest of her life.
Returning to Denmark she set up a teaching practice, and she assisted Chariclia Gounaris in her teachers training course which started in 1979, and later in Aarhus 1983–93.
She was a founding member of the Danish society of Alexander Technique teachers (DFLAT) in 1986.
Grethe Laub’s writings and talks are predominantly on how to approach and teach children.
‘Present day trends in the upbringing of children’ by Grethe Laub is her paper presented at the 1988 Brighton International Congress, on the subtle influences of the environment on children.
‘Understanding Children’ by Grethe Laub is a talk given to Alexander Teachers on the subject of teaching the Technique to children.
‘An Alexander Teacher’s View of Child Education – An interview with Grethe Laub’ by Joe Armstrong covers her work with children both individually and in groups, before and after training in the Technique.
How are we living our lives?– Interview and talks 1982-1988 edited by Chariclia Gounaris is a compilation of Grethe Laub interviews and talks.
‘Grethe Laub’ by Chariclia Gounaris.
Grethe Laub *1911– † 3 October 1996.