Functional Awareness®

2018 Schedule of Workshops
Baltimore, Maryland
Functional Awareness®: Anatomy in Action

Deepen Your Skills for Moving, Teaching, Living in Your Body


Functional Awareness Workshop Functional Awareness Workshop

Sunday Explorations in Embodied Anatomy and Inquiry in Movement Efficiency

Each Module can be taken individually or collectively, in sequence or out of sequence.

Sunday January 21, 2018, 10:30 AM to 2 PM 

Functional Awareness® Strategies for Injury Prevention, Dancer Wellness & Self-Care to Improve Dance Skills

Fee: 90.00

Participants will:

  • Understand the role of the dance educator as first responder to student concerns of discomfort and pain.
  • Learn the most common injuries seen in dance training and the current treatment protocols for chronic and acute injuries
  • Acquire prevention techniques and exercises to mitigate the risk of injury in dance training.
  • Develop strategies to integrate the concepts of injury prevention within technical training
  • Acquire assessment guidelines for dance educators to distinguish between discomfort from training exertion and pain due to chronic injury.
  • Integrate Functional Awareness® strategies to enhance movement potential and improve the dancer’s self-care practices.

Location: Towson University Center for the Arts


Sunday, March 11, 2018 

Functional Awareness® for Body Workers
(NCBTMB Approved Provider #1402 ​for CEU credit)

Module 1: 9:30-1:30 & Module 2: 2:30-6:30

Module 1: Investigations in Embodied Anatomy and Postural Assessment

Fee: 100.00 (or $180 for both sessions)

Participants will:

  • Deepen cognitive and experiential understanding of anatomy and movement function through discussion and movement exploration
  • Understand the role of daily movement habits and their profound implications on chronic discomfort
  • Implement practical skills to analyze and correct postural alignment in standing activity
  • Learn verbal cuing & hands on tools to guide others towards balanced alignment
  • Demonstrate the affect of simple table techniques on standing alignment

Module 2: The Pelvis: The Conduit from Torso to Legs

Fee: $100.00  (or $180 for both sessions)

Participants will:

  • Discover landmarks of the pelvis and learn teaching practices to facilitate pelvic neutral in standing
  • Understand the structural, muscular, and ligament considerations in daily use
  • Deepen cognitive and experiential support for the pelvis; the psoas and it’s role in pelvic weight shift
  • Explore the muscles of deep lateral rotation, investigating strategies for improving release of leg from torso
  • Learn verbal & kinesthetic tools for release work and its benefit for self care

Location: The Moving Company Dance Center, Cockeysville MD


Sunday, April 22, 2018, 10:30 AM to 2 PM

Functional Awareness® Strategies to Improve Resilience and Strength in Hip Action & Pelvic Alignment

Fee: $95.00

Participants will:

  • Develop assessment tools to discern and honor individual differences in skeletal, muscular, and psychophysical factors to actualize movement potential in the hip joint in dancers.
  • Learn functional anatomy concepts to deepen understanding of the structure of the pelvis and hip joint in relationship to dynamic alignment in action.
  • Investigate and practice cueing strategies to improve pelvic alignment and turnout for students in dance training.

Location: Towson University Center for the Arts


Photographs:  Jim Burger photography