Functional Awareness: Anatomy in Action for Dancers
- Innovative approach to anatomy and dance training, where anatomy meets artistry
- Founded on over 30,000 hours of experience training dancers
- Improves dance technique by enabling dancers to recruit effort efficiently
“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)
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What is Functional Awareness®?
Functional Awareness® (FA) is a practical somatic approach that provides a series of explorations in experiential anatomy to:
- enhance our understanding of movement function
- facilitate ease in body action
- improve dynamic alignment.
Here is what people are saying about Functional Awareness® Anatomy in Action:
Such an inspiring and well crafted workshop with important information on the neck, shoulder, elbows and wrists. All of my yoga trainees agreed his was not only an amazing workshop but a unique way to deliver the information. My trainees are now well on their way to becoming great teachers thanks to you both, Nancy and Allegra!
—Jayne Bernasconi, M.A., E-RYT 500, movement educator, author, aerialist, owner and director of yoga teacher training at Yoga on York
“…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 M.AmSAT
“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
“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