Conditioning for Dance: Training for Peak Performance in All Dance Forms

Conditioning for Dance: Training for Peak Performance in All Dance Forms


By (author) Eric Franklin

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  • Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers
  • Format: Paperback | 248 pages
  • Dimensions: 216mm x 278mm x 16mm | 662g
  • Publication date: 30 October 2003
  • Publication City/Country: Champaign
  • ISBN 10: 0736041567
  • ISBN 13: 9780736041560
  • Illustrations note: 200 black & white illustrations, 168 black & white halftones
  • Sales rank: 26,112

Product description

This volume features 102 imagery exercises paired with dance-specific exercises to help maximize body-mind conditioning and develop more fluid mobility, balance, and tension release. The book culminates with a 20-minute, full-body barre workout routine designed to help dancers warm up, condition, and refine their dance technique. You'll learn how to execute lifelong dance skills that give power without the risk of injuries. By working the muscles through movements and ranges of motion that approximate the demands of your chosen dance form, you directly enrich your performance capabilities. And as you strengthen the body's core, stretch to gain just the right amount of flexibility, and incorporate the power of the mind, you unleash your full artistic and physical potential.

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Author information

Eric Franklin has more than 20 years' experience as a dancer and choreographer. In addition to earning a BFA from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and a BS from the University of Zurich, he has studied and trained with some of the top movement imagery specialists around the world and used this training as a professional dancer in New York.Franklin has shared imaging techniques in his teaching since 1986. He is founder and director of the Institute for Movement Imagery Education and is a guest professor at the Universities of Bern, Vienna, Dresden Linz, and Salzburg. Most recently he has taught at the Royal Ballet School in London and at the Royal Academy of Dance in Dublin. Franklin has been on the faculty of the American Dance Festival since 1991 and teaches at universities, dance centers, and dance festivals in the United States and throughout Europe.Franklin is author of "Dynamic Alignment Through Imagery" and "Dance Imagery for Technique and Performance." He also coauthored the bestselling book "Breakdance," which received a New York City Public Library Prize in 1984. He is a member of the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science.Franklin lives near Zurich, Switzerland, with his wife, Gabriela, and their two children.

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"From Dance Teacher"""A worthwhile read for dancers and teachers.""" From Library Journal"""Dancers looking for more range of movement, power, or a way to address a specific problem will find this text valuable. Readers interested in kinesiology and sport medicine will also appreciate it. Recommended for larger public and academic libraries.""""

Table of contents

Body-mind conditioning; embodied imagery for dance; balance; relaxed flexibility; aligned movement technique; strength in centre; power for legs; power for torso; jumps and turns; barre workout.