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Alumna Allegra Romita Publishes Book on Anatomy and Dance Training

Alumna Allegra Romita's new book, Functional Awareness: Anatomy in Action for Dancers, was recently released by Oxford University Press. Romita co-authored the book with Nancy Romita.

Through images, storytelling, and experimental exercises, the book is an accessible introduction to the relationship between daily movement habits, dance training, and anatomy. The Romitas clocked over 30,000 hours of experience teaching and training dancers to generate appropriate exertion and recuperation. The book applies their Functional Awareness approach to improve dance technique and provide skills to enable dancers to move with balance and grace in the classroom, on stage, and in daily life.

Before publishing the book, Romita shared her research on Functional Awareness at several conferences. She presented her abstract "Functional Awareness Anatomy in Action: Getting out of habit and into Awareness" at the International Conference on Teaching Somatics-Based Dance in 2015, and co-presented her collaborative work with Nancy Romita,  "Functional Awareness Anatomy in Action: Innovative Strategies to Improve Dance Training Through Experiential Anatomy" at the National Dance Education Organization Conference (NDEO) and the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science Conference (IADMS) in 2015.

In addition to her workshops on movement and alignment, Romita teaches yoga in Brooklyn and Manhattan. She has been a guest artist at Towson University and the University of Michigan.

Romita is a Certified Movement Analyst (CMA) through the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies. Before attending NYU Steinhardt for her master's in Dance Education, Romita received her BFA in dance and movement science from the University of Michigan.