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Conditioning for Dance 2nd Edition PDF With Web Resource

Conditioning for Dance 2nd Edition PDF With Web Resource

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    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 pliï¿œs, 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.


    Applied reference for dancers and dance educators. Textbook for undergraduate courses on dance fitness and conditioning.

    Table of Contents

    Foreword (by Martha Myers)

    Chapter 1. Mind–Body Conditioning
    Chapter 2. Embodied Imagery
    Chapter 3. Reflexive Balance
    Chapter 4. Relaxed Flexibility
    Chapter 5. Aligned Movement for Improved Technique
    Chapter 6. Strengthening the Center
    Chapter 7. Building Power in the Legs and Feet
    Chapter 8. Developing Power in the Torso and Arms
    Chapter 9. Improving Turns, Jumps, and Turn-Out
    Chapter 10. Thera-Band Centre Workout

    About the Author

    Eric Franklin is director and founder of the Institute for Franklin Method in Wetzikon, Switzerland. He has more than 35 years of 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 Juilliard School in New York, Royal Ballet School in London, Danish Ballet in Copenhagen, Dance Academy of Rome, and 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 coauthor of the best-selling book Breakdance, which received a New York City Public Library Prize in 1984, and author of 100 Ideen für Beweglichkeit and Dance Imagery for Technique and Performance (both books about imagery in dance and movement). He is a member of the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science.

    Franklin lives near Zurich, Switzerland.


    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."


    The web resource includes 17 video clips of master teacher Eric Franklin providing instruction on how to execute conditioning exercises. Also included are instructions on how to set goals and monitor your personal conditioning to meet personal dance goals.

    All ancillary materials for this text are FREE to course adopters and available online.