Alignment Based, Aware, Compassionate, Freeing
Allegra has been dancing her whole life. Deeply impacted by her mother’s work as a modern dancer and an Alexander Technique teacher, Allegra studied Dance and Kinesiology/ Movement Science while in undergrad at the University of Michigan. In 2007, her father convinced her to take a yoga class as a way to stay in shape during the summer break. By 2008, she had completed her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training with Sid McNairy in Baltimore, MD. Yoga became Allegra’s saving grace when she injured her back in 2010. After suffering this major back injury, her practice led her to understand the power of positive thought and self-healing. Her daily practice is what makes it possible for her to continue her dance performing and teaching career.
Allegra recently received her Masters degree in Dance Education from NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. She trains in Thai Yoga Bodywork, and has a certificate in dance rehabilitation training from Westside Dance Physical Therapy. Allegra is also the co-creator and founder of Functional Awareness Anatomy in Action—a practical somatic approach providing a series of explorations in experiential anatomy to enhance our understanding of movement function, facilitate ease in body action, improve dynamic alignment, reduce tension and improve performance.
Body understanding, awareness, and self-exploration are important parts of Allegra’s practice and teaching. Allegra hopes to guide her students, through anatomical awareness and freedom of thought, to a place of alignment in body and mind.