Functional Awareness Training

Functional Awareness® (FA) is a practical somatic approach that provides a series of explorations in experiential anatomy to:

  • Enhance our understanding of movement function
  • Facilitate ease in body action
  • Improve dynamic alignment

Functional Awareness®: Anatomy in Action explores the relationship between the skeletal structure, the muscle structure and the myofascial tissue to sustain a dynamic elasticity and to promote efficiency of movement. It provides strategies to ease tension in daily movements as well as improve one’s practice in movement skills such as dance, yoga, running, and other physical training.  

Spring Workshop

 

The Role of Stretch and fascia in dance training: "what gives?"

Interest in myofascial release and fasciae in general has blossomed from a largely ignored organ of the body to a varied and pivotal contributor to supporting the body in action. This workshop examines the recent information and research on fascia and its applications to improving dance skills.  Using the Functional Awarenes® approach to movement training, the workshop provides innovative methods to integrate exercises as well as body/mind strategies to develop greater elasticity and expressivity in action during the dance technique class.

AGES DATES TIMES ROOM COST
18+ Sunday, June 14 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. online $50

50% discount for furloughed/unemployed artists.

This workshop will take place online via Zoom. Invitations will be sent to paying registrants before workshop begins.

Workshop registration

 

Summer Study 2020

Summer 2020 Functional Awareness Summer Week long Study will not meet at Towson University for in-person instruction.

Strategies to integrate the principles of functional awareness Anatomy in action & FA somatics to improve dance techniques

AGES DATES TIMES ROOM COST
18+ TBD TBD TBD $400


Daily Schedule:

  • 8:45-9:45 a.m.  Yoga (Tuesday and Thursday)
  • 10-11 a.m. Functional Awareness in Action: Bartenieff-based movement warm up integrating FA concepts through BF movement principles
  • 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Functional Awareness embodied anatomy practices
  • 12:30-1:15 p.m Lunch
  • 1:15-2:30 p.m. Practical teaching applications of the morning session information
  • 2:30-3:45 p.m. (optional) Ballet with Catherine Horta-Hayden integrating FA into ballet technique

Day 1: Investigations in Embodied Anatomy, Postural Assessment, Skeletal properties

  • Identify all the articulating bones in the human skeleton
  • Practice cueing systems to enhance motor learning for dance skills
    • Learn/review skeletal and muscular features of the head and spine
    • Recognize the role of habit in movement training
    • Integrate applied practices of Functional Awareness in teaching

Day 2: Breath, Core and Domes of Support

  • Learn/review basic anatomical principles of the breathing mechanism
  • Examine elements of core support practice explorations to improve function
  • Explore assessments tools for hip joint function
  • Tools and applications to develop greater potential of expressivity of movement in dance training through breath practices
  • Practice FA somatics for self-care to enhance hip joint resilience and whole health

Day 3: The Pelvis and Hip Joint: The Conduit from Torso to Legs

  • Investigate the basic structure and function of the hip joint
  • Examine individual differences in hip structure and explorations to improve function
  • Explore assessments tools for hip joint function
    • Employ applications to improve expressivity of hip action (i.e. developé, turnout)
  • Practices for continued self-care to enhance hip joint resilience and whole health

Day 4: the Foot, Ankle, and Knee

  • Identify key the skeletal and muscular features of the foot, ankle & knee
  • Examine the importance of gait in dance training & injury prevention 
    • Investigate the ‘screw home’ mechanism to improve stabilization of standing leg balance
    • Identify assessment parameters and prevention strategies of injuries of lower extremities
    • Integrate practices for injury prevention and self-care of the ankle/foot

Day 5: Factors of Expressivity and Stability of the Arm Structure 

  • Learn/review key skeletal and muscular components of the arm structure
  • Examine the relationship of the axial to the appendicular skeleton
    • Identify effective cueing strategies to enhance expression of the arms in action
    • Practice functional movement cues for arms in loadbearing & non-load bearing actions 

Functional Awareness Movement Educator Certification

Join the FA community

Functional Awareness Movement Educators develop a firm foundation in anatomical and somatic approaches to movement. Participants learn specific strategies and skills to improve dance skills and facilitate efficiency of movement. Dance educators learn to practice the principles of efficiency in action in the studio and to integrate FA into daily life.

Sequence of Study

  1. One 5-day Functional Awareness® Summer Study A
  2. Online course work including 6 Zoom conference calls (schedule TBA)
  3. Second 5-day Functional Awareness® Summer Study B

The summers can be attended in any order

Cost of Training -

  1. Summer Study 1: $400 
  2. Applied Practice & Research: $450
  3. Summer Study 2 & teaching presentation: $400 ($350 early bird rate)

Total Cost = $1250

Here is what people are saying about Functional Awareness® Anatomy in Action:


“…your workshop (Functional Awareness Anatomy in Action for Alexander Teachers) was incredible. You are organized, incredibly knowledgeable and well versed. Your workshop was jam packed with practical information and procedures. What I liked the best of all is your integrity, commitment and love of the work…that was so encouraging to me!!”
—Eve Silver M.AmSAT

“I wanted to tell you that we did the FA theraband activity for tendu today in my Ballet 4 class.  It worked like a charm.  All the dancers said they could feel the musculature they needed to support themselves and they felt more turned out.  The best part of all was that they felt strong and as a result, more confident.  The power and balance they took into the center floor was amazing.  It was one of our best classes this year.
“Thank you very much for sharing your wisdom and learning with us.  I will certainly be back for more.”
—Maria Royals, Director of Dance at the Carver Center for the Performing Arts

“The concepts that I learned during the Functional Awareness workshop have come into play every day in both my personal and teaching experiences since I took the class.  One of the most powerful ideas that I have retained is that of encouraging my students to release held tension rather than suggesting an alternative posture that would merely end up substituting one tension for another.  It seems quite radical to think that our bodies might still intuitively know what to do, and how to be, if we can only get out of the way.
“Overall, I found the Functional Awareness workshop to be an extraordinarily useful filter which I am applying to almost every aspect of my physical life as a person and as an educator.”
—Sharen Camille Becker

For more information about Functional Awareness and Nancy Romita -http://functionalawareness.org/

Contact

TU Community Dance

Location
Center for the Arts
Room 1002V
Hours
Phone
410-704-3495
Fax
410-704-3752