Conditioning for Dance

Conditioning for Dance

Even the best sense of rhythm, the most careful technical training, and the most astute dance intuition aren’t enough to make a dancer truly excel; you also need focused strength, balance, and flexibility to execute the movements with power and grace. Conditioning for Dance improves your technique and performance in all dance forms by strengthening the body’s core (abdominal and back muscles) while improving coordination, balance, and alignment and optimizing flexibility. The result is more lift without tension, deeper pliés, higher jumps with less effort, tighter turns, and improved extension and turnout.

Conditioning for Dance is the result of years of practical experience combined with scientific and anatomical analysis. Author Eric Franklin is an internationally known dancer, teacher, choreographer, and writer. His innovative, proven techniques will help you execute key dance skills better as you Continue reading

Element: Ballet Conditioning

Element: Ballet Conditioning

For someone that has tried just about every home workout genre out there. This DVD finally offers something that is refreshingly new to my living room! This workout is ideal for those who have danced for years and people that have never even tried on a pair of ballet slippers. The DVD is simple to pick up, and challenging to get through. The filming is elegant and the instruction is far from the cheesy power workout “motivation” that irritate me so much. After you’ve completed this workout, you feel like you’ve, not only toned up, but also learned a few things! For someone that has grown tired of the home workout video, this couldn’t have come at a better time! Continue reading

Ballet Favorites – Newly Revised Version (2011)

Ballet Favorites – Newly Revised Version

This newly revised version of Ballet Favorites features stunning excerpts from the world’s most famous ballets. This spectacular compilation showcases the talent of many of the greatest dancers of recent years, filmed at the world’s leading venues, and showcases the remarkable athleticism of Mikhail Baryshnikov and Wayne Eagling as well as the beauty and elegance of Irina Kolpakova, Darcey Bussell and many others. Continue reading

New York City Ballet: The Complete Workout, Vol. 1 and 2

New York City Ballet: The Complete Workout, Vol. 1 and 2

A deluxe edition DVD set comprised of the best-selling fitness videos New York City Ballet Workout Volume 1 and 2. The videos are designed to help you develop the strength, grace and poise of a dancer. An excellent alternative to fast paced, high-energy workout routines, this unique exercise program balances art, life and fitness into the perfect workout for any age or fitness level. Whether you love ballet or are simply searching for an alternative workout regimen designed to produce a strong, graceful body, this program will deliver exceptional results. Continue reading

Dancing Through It: My Journey in the Ballet

Dancing Through It: My Journey in the Ballet

A behind-the-curtains look at the rarefied world of classical ballet from a principal dancer at the New York City Ballet

In her charming and self-effacing voice, Jenifer Ringer covers the highs and lows of what it’s like to make it to the top in the exclusive, competitive ballet world. From the heart-pounding moments waiting in the wings before a performance to appearing on Oprah to discuss weight and body image among dancers, Dancing Through It is moving and revelatory. Continue reading