What People are Saying about Functional Awareness®: Anatomy in Action

“These workshops are so vital to what we all do!  Nancy and Allegra are a great team…my students got so much out of just one, short workshop!  Make the time to attend, you’ll be so happy you did!”

—Lynda P Fitzgerald, Coordinator of Performing Arts, Director AACC Dance Company


“As a physician and medical educator for more than 25 years, and as a lifelong athlete and later dancer, I have found answers through FA® to the questions that I didn’t even know how to ask.

“Allegra and Nancy are skilled educators, clear and concise. They create an environment in which there is a feeling of unparalleled trust and “safety” in a group setting.

“My medical training occurred in the Harvard system, and I have since worked at Indiana University and the Medical School at Dartmouth (Geisel School of Medicine), all three are institutions of remarkable excellence and of a balanced perspective. Nancy and Allegra’s curiosity as explorers, their intensity as seekers of knowledge, and their extraordinary experience as life-long dancers engaged in somatics & movement research have earned my complete trust and respect; no one in my past medical experience has anything over on them. Their approach is one of gentle and balanced wisdom. Their insight is remarkable.

“Functional Awareness® distills knowledge as close to its essence as possible. The effect of “Tripod Foot in combination with Poise of the Head” on the alignment of the body is analogous to what Einstein’s Theory of Relativity did for Physics and Cosmology. It brings about changes in understanding that are PROFOUND, and change how we see things going forward.”

 Jeoff Brennick MD


“The Romitas have years of experience as teachers; thus the clarity of this book…  With beautiful illustrations and photographs, reflective questions, suggestions for applications to dance and to everyday life, and with an emphasis on mindful practices, the book is lucid and accessible.”

—Karen Kohn Bradley, Certified Movement Analyst, School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies, University of Maryland


“…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, Certified Teacher of the Alexander Technique M.AmSAT


“As a dance instructor, I cannot wait for this book to be released, so I can make this required reading for my students while referencing it for my own practice. Bravo!”

—Linda Denise Fisher Harrell, former principal dancer Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Professor of Dance at Towson University


“Everyone had a great time at the Functional Awareness workshop! With Nancy and Allegra providing a warm, welcoming atmosphere in which to explore how the human body functions, it was a week filled with both visual and experiential education – and a lot of laughs as well. It was beneficial to me both personally and professionally. Highly recommended for anyone interested in body/mind learning.”

—Richard Pilcher, acting teacher, actor and Alexander Technique teacher 


“I had my audition a couple of weeks ago, and the good news is, I was the only candidate awarded a trial period with the orchestra! The position is concertmaster of the Utah Symphony. The work I did with you absolutely saved me. Between the semifinal and final rounds my shoulder was starting to act up, and somehow I was able to calmly take 20 minutes and assess things and realized my right back heel was losing contact….I thought about that through the whole 40-minute final round and it worked! I can’t thank you enough for all the help.”

—Madeline Adkins, Concert Master: Utah Symphony, former Associate Concert Master Baltimore Symphony Orchestra


“The concepts of mindfulness, reflection and creative habits discern past ways of artistic development from 21st Century thinking and creating.

“Functional Awareness® Anatomy in Action encourages this shift in thinking while providing a mirror in which we can examine who we are as creative human beings and, more importantly, who we may become.”

—Ken Skrzesz, Coordinator of Fine Arts, Maryland State Department of Education


“I bought your book and have already used it in my introductory ballet class at Joy of Motion Dance Center.  It is clear, well-organized, and the illustrations clarify many of the things I tell my students.”

—Rima Faber (Chair, Dance Task Force of the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards)


“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


“Functional Awareness: Anatomy in Action for Dancers offers a blend of anatomical information with an underlying theme of moving with ease in both dance and daily activities. A delightful, engaging resource for dancers and dance educators, this book invites the reader into each chapter with a story, and presents pertinent information that is practical and immediately applicable.”

—Rebecca Nettl-Fiol, Professor of Dance, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign


“Dancers: this is a very practical and helpful resource. The topics are user friendly and experiential. The authors lay out how the explorations relate to your training and practice, explaining why it matters. You don’t have to hunt for the applicability of the material; it’s built right in…Alignment is only useful if it is dynamic and you can transfer those skills from axial to locomotor movement. The book isn’t geared toward ballet, but towards dancers and applicable to many genres of dance.”

—Melissa Beck, Professor of Dance University of Michigan


“Nancy & Allegra create a safe and fun environment to explore and learn.  This space makes it possible for me to make connections of my habits and the habits that I often see in my clients. I am a more effective massage practitioner by being aware of my own use at the table. These workshops have given me new perspectives and vocabulary that allow me to more clearly communicate with my clients the choices that we all have in our daily use.”

—Jerri-Lynn Pilarski, Licensed Massage Therapist, CKTP, Board Certified NCBTMB, Member of AMTA