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
-strengthen the muscles you use in dance by performing exercises with elastic resistance bands;
-start and move in proper alignment using imagery;
-improve your balance and release tension through playful exercises with small balls;
-develop leg and torso power that translates to higher jumps and tighter turns; and
-optimize your flexibility through touch, movement awareness, and imagery.The book features 102 imagery illustrations paired with dance-specific exercises to help you maximize body–mind conditioning and develop more fluid mobility, balance, and tension release. The book culminates with a 20-minute, full-body 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.
Paperback: 248 pages
Publisher: Human Kinetics; 1 edition (September 8, 2003)
Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.4 x 0.6 inches
More About the Author
Eric Franklin is director and founder of the Franklin Institute in Uster, Switzerland. He has more than 35 years’ experience as a dancer and choreographer, and he has shared imagery techniques in his teaching since 1986.
Franklin has taught extensively throughout the United States and Europe at the Julliard School in New York, the Royal Ballet School in London, the Danish Ballet in Copenhagen, the Dance Academy of Rome, and the Institute for Psychomotor Therapy in Zurich; he was also a guest lecturer at the University of Vienna. He has provided training to Olympic and world-champion athletes and professional dance troupes such as Cirque du Soleil and the Forum de Dance in Monte Carlo. Franklin earned a BFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and a BS from the University of Zurich. He has been on the faculty of the American Dance Festival since 1991.
Franklin is author of Dynamic Alignment through Imagery, Dance Imagery for Technique and Performance, Conditioning for Dance, Pelvic Power, Relax your Neck – Liberate your Shoulders, Inner Focus, Outer Strength, and Beautiful Body, Beautiful Mind. Eric Franklin’s books have been translated into German, Italian, Spanish, Czech, Chinese and Korean. He is also coauthor of 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.