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Functional Awareness® (FA) is a practical somatic approach that provides a series of explorations in experiential anatomy to:
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.
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.
|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.
Summer 2020 Functional Awareness Summer Week long Study will not meet at Towson University for in-person instruction.
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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
The summers can be attended in any order
Cost of Training -
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
“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/