Functional Awareness Training

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

  • Learn/review anatomical landmarks in the human body and principles of motor learning
  • Embody the Functional Awareness Somatic and Reflective Practice of 4Rs
  • Explore Anatomical Visualizations to Improve Dance Skill
  • Learn about current research in motor learning and integrative anatomy
  • Investigate the FA Approach to Core Support for Dynamic Alignment
  • Discover the Relationship of Fascia to Dynamic alignment and Muscular Resilience
  • Practice a pedagogical approach to honor individual differences in student learning through student-centered processes and equity-informed alignment cueing

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 ones practice in movement skills such as dance, yoga, running, and other physical training.  

Summer Study 2024

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Summer Study 2024

Functional Awareness Summer Study week will be held in-person from Towson University

Strategies to integrate the principles of Functional Awareness® Anatomy in Action & FA Somatics to improve dance techniques

  • Deepen your understanding of functional anatomy
  • Improve dynamic alignment & movement efficiency
  • Explore new approaches to training, teaching, & healing
  • Optional movement classes
18+ July 29 – August 1 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. CA 1001/1003


*This workshop will only be offered in-person

Functional Awareness® Movement Educator Certification

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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. For additional information on Functional Awareness® education, please contact

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

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Registration Policy

  • NO REFUNDS available. 


TU Community Dance

Center for the Arts
Room 1002V
Monday: 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday: 12:30 - 7 p.m.
Wednesday: 12:30 - 7 p.m.
Thursday: 1 - 6:45 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.