Nancy Romita, Co-creator of Functional Awareness®, Anatomy in Action
Allegra Romita, Co-creator, Functional Awareness®, Anatomy in Action

Nancy Wanich-Romita

Nancy Wanich-Romita

Nancy Wanich-Romita (M.AmSAT, RSME) is the co-creator of the somatic model known as Functional Awareness®: Anatomy in Action.

For 17 years Ms. Romita has been teaching a yearlong course in experiential anatomy and kinesiology entitled, Scientific Bases of Analysis of Movement at Towson University in Baltimore, MD.  This course guides students through lectures and movement explorations in anatomy and kinesiology and examines movement efficiency in action.

Ms Romita is a Senior Certified Teacher of the Alexander Technique, certified by the American Center for the Alexander Technique. Ms. Romita has served on the faculty at The Tai Sophia Institute, The Baltimore School of Massage, and the Baltimore Holistic Health Center.

Ms Romita has facilitated workshops and maintained a private practice in the Alexander Technique for over 30 years.  She initiated the first courses offered in the Alexander Technique at the 92nd Street Y in NYC in 1984. She has taught at the American Dance Festival at Duke University in Durham, NC, Connecticut College, State University of New York at Purchase, University of Maryland at Baltimore County, Peabody Conservatory of Music, Stevenson University, and is currently on the faculty of Towson University.  Ms Romita has facilitated workshops for The Private Industry Council, JP Morgan Bank, IBM, Center for Poverty Solution, and The Annie E Casey Foundation. She has presented workshop sessions at the Association for Theater in Higher Education (ATHE), the American College Dance Festival (ACDF), and the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO).

Nancy Romita’s collaborative research with Johns Hopkins Medicine, entitled Integrating rotator discs in ballet classwork: A collaboration with a physical therapist, somatic specialist, and ballet professor, was presented at the International CORPS de Ballet Conference in Maryland, the Performing Arts Medicine Conference in Florida, and at the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS). In addition, her collaborative work with Allegra Romita, entitled Functional Awareness® Anatomy in Action: Getting out of habit and into Awareness, was presented at the International Conference on Teaching Somatics-Based Dance , NDEO and IADMS in 2015. In 2014 Nancy Romita received a certificate in dance injury rehabilitation certification from Westside Dance Physical Therapy in NYC. She is a Registered Somatic Movement Educator.

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 Allegra Romita

Allegra RomitaAllegra Romita is co-creator of Functional Awareness®: Anatomy in Action.  She is a collaborator in curriculum design for Functional Awareness for Dancers and primary curriculum designer of Functional Awareness for Yogis.

Allegra Romita is a graduate from the University of Michigan with honors with a BFA in Dance and a minor in Movement Science.  She received her MA in Dance Education from New York University (NYU) Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.

Originally from Baltimore, Allegra is currently living Brooklyn, NY. She has performed regionally and nationally with INSPIRIT and Amy Cova Dance. She recently participated in and presented work through Alexandra Beller’s Choreolab at Spoke the Hub Brooklyn. Since 2011, she has been performing with Sydnie L Mosley Dances in NYC.

Allegra is a certified teacher in Vinyassa Flow Yoga.  Allegra Romita received her 200-hour teacher training with Sid McNairy of SidYoga in Baltimore, MD and additional training Level I with Baron Baptiste. Her passion for anatomy and kinesiology led her to further study at the Breathing Project in NYC and to attend Amy Matthews’ Embodied Anatomy courses. In addition, she completed the Certificate in Dance Injury Rehabilitation from West Side Dance Physical Therapy in New York City. She is currently training in traditional Thai Massage Sacred Bodywork with Ananda Apfelbaum in NYC.

Yoga has brought her peace and a space for centering. After suffering a major back injury, her practice led her to understand the power of positive thought and self-healing.  Allegra guides her students, through anatomical awareness and freedom of thought, to a place of alignment in body and mind.  Allegra teaches at Prana Power Yoga in Union Square Manhattan and Brooklyn Yoga Project, NY. She has been a guest artist at Towson University and the University of Michigan. Ms Romita is a Certified Movement Analyst (CMA) through the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies.

Her abstract entitled, Functional Awareness® Anatomy in Action: Getting out of habit and into Awareness, was accepted for presentation at the International Conference on Teaching Somatics-Based Dance in 2015. In addition, her collaborative work with Nancy Romita, entitled Functional Awareness® Anatomy in Action: Innovative Strategies to Improve Dance Training Through Experiential Anatomy was presented at the National Dance Education Organization Conference (NDEO) and the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science Conference (IADMS) in 2015.