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Conditioning for Dance Paperback – September 8, 2003

ISBN-13: 978-0736041560 ISBN-10: 0736041567 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics; 1 edition (September 8, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0736041567
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736041560
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,850 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.""""

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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."


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.

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Well written and good information.
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Franklin's use of imagery, his explanations and wonderful drawings of anatomy are simply fantastic.
Julie H. Rose
I highly recommend this book to all students and teachers of dance, particularly ballet.
A. DELUGT

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

105 of 109 people found the following review helpful By V. K. Lin on March 5, 2004
Format: Paperback
I'm a professional who utilizes applied biomechanics for a
living. I also study Tai Chi and other internal martial arts.
I am no dancer. I've been exposed through my profession to
Feldenkrais, Pilates, and yoga. Guess what? They're all
virtually the same!
I was turned on to this book by a martial arts colleague.
It has changed the way we look at our martial arts practice.
Franklin does a really nice job of describing the pertinent
functional anatomy in many key areas of your body (pelvis and
pelvic floor, including iliopsoas, back, legs, internal organs,
etc.)-- specifically the importance of key biomechanical
properties. He describes very enriching visualization and touch/
feel exercises to induce greater awareness and relaxation,
thereby promoting function. Higher kicks and jumps, deeper
squats (plie's), all with less effort. It's clear, and the
exercises work!
There are exercises for awareness, relaxation, alignment,
stretching, and strengthening. They are simple, easily done
with small Pilates-type balls and Thera-band, but some
are quite hard and take some work!
My only complaint is that some of his diagrams lack detail,
or there aren't enough diagrams or pictures to fully elucidate
the anatomy or the exercises. He does provide excellent
descriptive text, however.
I've recommended this text to other martial artists, to my
colleagues, to physical therapists, and to medical students.
Well done, and I will certainly add some of his other books to \
my wish list!
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51 of 53 people found the following review helpful By A. DELUGT on October 19, 2004
Format: Paperback
As a pre-professional ballet student, I had been looking for exercises to improve my alignment and technique. When I found this book, I absolutely knew that this was the key. Franklin is the great pioneer with the idea that releasing tension enhances your technique and decreases injury potential. His conditioning exercises deal a lot with imagery, something that helps you so much that you have no idea until you try it. I highly recommend this book to all students and teachers of dance, particularly ballet. Franklin's exercises mostly deal with using therabands and rolling balls which is very effective.

I adore Eric Franklin; he is absolutely brilliant!!!!!!!!!!!
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Demark Manigo on January 11, 2006
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This book should be a mandatory textbook for all dance students and trainees alike.An awesome tool for teachers who really want to focus on improving their students alignment without the normal bustle with a standard class. Mr. Franklin takes you on a journey that allows you to discover your body and know its limitations and how to get better. The information in this book is priceless. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in a full-time career in dance. Your body will never be the same again.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Lauren E. Ellis on November 10, 2006
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This book has been very helpful to me as I returned to ballet at 27 after a two year hiatus. I purchased the Franklin Method balls and found them very useful in implementing some of the exercises. I would recommend this book to anyone looking to increase their abilities and lenghten the life of their physical abilities.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Basia on December 1, 2006
Format: Paperback
As a pilates/belly dance teacher (and performer) I know the importance of using visualisation techniques to release tension, increase range of motion, and free the body. This book has greatly expanded my teaching repertoire and also my understanding of the core musculature, particularly the pelvis (the power center). Highly recommend this to anyone no matter what their occupation!

Try his other books as well. All excellent!
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By K. Eaton on September 19, 2005
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I am inspired by Eric Franklin's style of imagery and toning for dance and life. I practice and study belly dance of all types (cabaret, fusiobm tribal, etc.) and felt a need for additional understanding of toning and timing of various stretches in the warm up and cool down. The author has thought, practiced, and taught his techniques to thousands of dancers and has extensive knowledge of successes. His practical wisdom makes tremendous sense to me in my experience with Feldenkrais, Functional Anatomy, and yoga. I highly recommend this book to 'humans with bodies', and in particular, those that enjoy moving with grace and ease. Happy living!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By dance42 on October 17, 2009
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Franklin's books take a different approach to Dance Conditioning which every dancer should become familiar with. The book has anatomical pictures and and advice on how to focus on the proper muscles to improve dance technique. This book is a must for any dancer who wants to improve their performance and prevent injury as well as any teacher, trainer or PT who works with dancers.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Julie H. Rose on February 16, 2007
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I am NOT a dancer. I am just an advanced beginner in Yoga.

I'm not sure how I found this book, but I'm more than glad I did. I have chronic lower back pain, and the excercises using balls are very therapeutic.

Franklin's use of imagery, his explanations and wonderful drawings of anatomy are simply fantastic.

I have found that just reading the book and not doing anything has helped my yoga and my posture. Of course, actually doing the exercises is even better!

I would be delighted if Franklin put out a DVD with this kind of material. I have bought many yoga and dance DVDs and the thing I do not like about almost every single one of them is not explaining in any way WHY a certain movement or posture may be beneficial. There's all just mindless work-outs.
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