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Grethe Laub

Grethe Laub (1911–1996), Danish teacher of the Alexander Technique whose special interest was working with children.

Life

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 Teaching 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.[1]

Writings

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.[2]
  • ‘Understanding Children’ by Grethe Laub is a talk given to Alexander Teachers on the subject of teaching the Technique to children.[3]
  • ‘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.[4]
  • How are we living our lives?– Interview and talks 1982-1988 edited by Chariclia Gounaris is a compilation of Grethe Laub interviews and talks.[5]

Obituary

  • ‘Grethe Laub’ by Chariclia Gounaris.[6]

Grethe Laub *1911– † 3 October 1996.

References

[1] ‘Grethe Laub’ by Chariclia Gounaris in STATNews vol. 4, no. 17 edited by Malcolm Williamson (STAT, January 1997), pp. 10–11.
[2] ‘Present day trends in the upbringing of children’ by Grethe Laub in The Congress Papers 1988: Towards Unity edited by Jeremy Chance (Direction, 1994), pp. 98–101.
[3] ‘Understanding Children’ by Grethe Laub (unknown, 1984).
[4] ‘An Alexander Teacher's View of Child Education – An interview with Grethe Laub’ by Grethe Laub and Joe Armstrong (Joe Armstrong, 1984).
[5] How are we living our lives?– Interview and talks 1982-1988 by Grethe Laub. Edited by Chariclia Gounaris (Novis, 2006).
[6] ‘Grethe Laub’ by Chariclia Gounaris in STATNews vol. 4, no. 17 edited by Malcolm Williamson (STAT, January 1997), pp. 10–11.