published by Oxford University Press:

NEW! Second Edition

Functional Awareness: Anatomy in Action for Dancers
by Nancy Romita and Allegra Romita

New Chapters, beautiful new anatomical images, and redesigned easy to follow movement explorations to guide the reader in understanding movement function to improve skill.

What people are saying about Functional Awareness:

“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

“As a dance instructor, I cannot wait for their books 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, Artistic Director of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago   former principal dancer Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater




Functional Awareness and Yoga: An Anatomical Guide to the Body in Reflective Practice
by Allegra Romita & Nancy Romita

  • Teaches readers to work smarter rather than harder by integrating whole body action
  • Offers way for readers to receive maximum benefit through thewhole day even after the mat
  • Features a practical somatic approach to movement training called Functional Awareness®

Functional Awareness and Yoga is by far the best resource for yoga teacher training. Finally there is a book that is clear and concise making anatomy and physiology accessible to all yogis through comprehensive and fluid teachings.”
— Ossi Raveh RYT, author, and founder of Brooklyn Yoga Project

“As a physician and medical educator for more than 25 years, and as a lifelong athlete, I have found answers through FA® to the questions that I didn’t even know how to ask.”
 Jeoff Brennick MD, Professor Dartmouth University Geisel School of Medicine

“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 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