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
- 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.
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.
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
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."