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FA®Summer Study for Dance Educators integrates the principles of Functional Awareness® Anatomy in Action & FA® somatics with the study of yoga and dance techniques.


August 2 – 6, 2021

Click here to register and join us in our weeklong summer study.

Sample Summer Schedule:

Optional movement classes are included in tuition for the week.

8:45-9:45am: Yoga (optional Tuesday and Thursday)

10 -10:30am: FA® in Action: Bartenieff-based movement warm up

10:30-12:30 Functional Awareness® embodied anatomy practices

12:30 – 1:15pm: Lunch

1:15-2:30pm: FA® Practice & applications to movement training

2:30-3:45pm: Ballet integrating FA® principles (Optional Monday and Wednesday) / Modern integrating FA® principles (Optional Tuesday and Thursday)

Overall Learning goals:

  • Honor individual differences to discover movement potential
  • Improve fluency in concepts of functional anatomy
  • Investigate and embody FA® approaches to support dynamic alignment
  • Integrate FA® somatics and self-care into dance training
  • Practice verbal, tactile, and visual cues to enhance movement skills


Sample 5-day curriculum of Functional Awareness® Content

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

  • Identify or review 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

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
  • Practice applications to enhance expressivity of movement through breath
  • Develop practices for continued self-care to enhance breath & core support

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. développé, turnout)
  • Practice FA® somatics for self-care to enhance hip joint resilience and whole health

Day 4: Ankle, Foot and Knee

  • Identify the skeletal and muscular features of ankle, foot, and 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

Cost: $250

Click here to register and join us in our weeklong summer study.