Nancy Wanich-Romita

Lecturer

Towson Tiger Statue

Contact Information

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OFFICE
Center for the Arts, Room 1002P

Education

M.F.A. in Theatre Arts, Towson University
Certification- Alexander Technique, American Center for the Teacher of the Alexander Technique
B.A. Cum Laude in Dance and Elementary Education Certification, Connecticut College

Areas of Expertise

Somatic Study
Alexander Technique
Modern Dance

Biography

Nancy Wanich Romita (AmSAT, RSME) is co-author of Functional Awareness: Anatomy in Action for Dancers OUP.com

Ms. Romita has taught at the American Dance Festival in Durham, NC, Connecticut College, State University of New York at Purchase, and UMBC. She is a Certified Teacher of the Alexander Technique and is currently the Director of the ATMidatlantic Teacher Training Course. She is currently the Coordinator for the Towson University Dance/Somatic Lab.

As former artistic director of The Moving Company Dance Company, Ms. Romita has three times received an Individual Artists Award for Excellence in Choreography from The Maryland State Arts, and grants from the Mayor's Committee of Art and Culture from 1994-2002. Her choreographic work has also been performed at the Dance Place in Washington D.C., Dance Theater Workshop and the 92nd St Y in NYC, Connecticut College, and State University of New York at Purchase, Theater Project in Baltimore and throughout the Mid Atlantic region. She has worked as choreographer/movement designer for theater, working with directors Tim Brown, Kate Chisholm and Scott Susong. Ms. Romita's work has been commissioned by the Dance in Education Fund, Inc., Towson University, Essex Community College, Karen & Alvin, the 92nd Street YMWHA Dance Program, the Maryland Food Committee and The Foundation Fighting Blindness. Ms. Romita has collaborated with the Baltimore Museum of Art on a dance projects to correspond to the Joyce Scott exhibit 'Kickin it with the Masters,' and the museum's nationally recognized program, 'Feast Famine and the Female Form.'

She has facilitated movement workshops for community organizations, educational institutions and businesses such as: The American Dance Festival, The Private Industry Council, Morgan Bank, IBM, The Center for Poverty Solution, and The Annie E. Casey Foundation. She has worked for McDermott Associates as a facilitator in leadership training and the role of body movement in communication. Ms. Romita conceived and directed the PATHWAYS Project through which a 60-foot stone labyrinth and garden was installed at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center to facilitate health, spirituality and healing through movement and the arts. 

Ms. Romita’s research has been presentation at the National Dance Education Organization, The American Theater In Higher Education, The American Society for Alexander Technique, and the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS), International CORPS de Ballet.

Ms. Romita’s current research and collaboration with Johns Hopkins Medicine entitled Integrating Statistical Data, Somatic Practices & Rotator Discs into Ballet Classwork: A Collaboration of Ballet Professor, Somatic Expert, and Medical Team: An Experimental Study has been presented in Florida, Switzerland at IADMS and in Singapore. In addition, her research entitled Functional Awareness®: Anatomy in Action – the effect of habit on breath and core support will be presented at the NDEO in Washington DC and IADMS conference in Hong Kong. She is on the executive board of the International Somatic Movement Educators and Therapists Association (ISMETA).