Dance Imagery for Technique and Performance - 2nd Edition / Edition 2

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Renowned master teacher Eric Franklin has thoroughly updated his classic text, Dance Imagery for Technique and Performance, providing dancers and dance educators with a deep understanding of how they can use imagery to improve their dancing and artistic expression in class and in performance.

These features are new to this edition:

•Two chapters include background, history, theory, and uses of imagery.

•294 exercises offer dancers and dance educators greater opportunities to experience how imagery can enhance technique and performance.

•133 illustrations facilitate the use of imagery to improve technique, artistic expression, and performance.

•Four exercises taught by Franklin and available on HK’s website help dancers with essential rest and relaxation techniques.

Franklin provides hundreds of imagery exercises to refine improvisation, technique, and choreography. The 295 illustrations cover the major topics in the book, showing exercises to use in technique, artistic expression, and performance. In addition, Franklin supplies imagery exercises that can restore and regenerate the body through massage, touch, and stretching. And he offers guidance in using imagery to convey information about a dancer’s steps and to clarify the intent and content of movement.

This new edition of Dance Imagery for Technique and Performance can be used with Franklin’s Dynamic Alignment Through Imagery, Second Edition, or on its own. Either way, readers will learn how to combine technical expertise with imagery skills to enrich their performance, and they will discover methods they can use to explore how imagery connects with dance improvisation and technique.

Dance Imagery for Technique and Performance uses improvisation exercises to help readers investigate new inner landscapes to create and communicate various movement qualities, provides guidelines for applying imagery in the dance class, and helps dancers expand their repertoire of expressiveness in technique and performance across ballet, modern, and contemporary dance.

This expanded edition of Dance Imagery for Technique and Performance supplies imagery tools for enhancing or preparing for performance, and it introduces the importance of imagery in dancing and teaching dance. Franklin’s method of using imagery in dance is displayed throughout this lavishly illustrated book, and the research from scientific and dance literature that supports Franklin’s method is detailed.

The text, exercises, and illustrations make this book a practical resource for dancers and dance educators alike.

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What People Are Saying

From the Publisher
The Franklin method has proved invaluable to our students at the Juilliard School in New York City for the past several years. Learning how to use mental imagery and functional anatomy for dance augments our training program beautifully because it is clear, precise, and useful in every way for any dancer. The students have found it revelatory!

Lawrence Rhodes—Director of the Dance Division, The Juilliard School

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780736067881
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/23/2013
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 392
  • Sales rank: 401,389
  • Age range: 14 - 18 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet 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 Julliard 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.

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Table of Contents

Part I. Art and Science of Imagery

Chapter 1. History, Theory, and Uses of Imagery

Defining Imagery

Historical Perspectives

Emerging Theories on Imagery

Benefits of Using Imagery in Dance


Chapter 2. Types and Effectiveness of Imagery

Direct Imagery

Types of Imagery

Imagery Strings

Making Imagery Effective


Part II. Discovering and Exploring Imagery

Chapter 3. Discovering Imagery



Literary Arts


Visual Arts

Propensity Toward Imagery


Chapter 4. Basic Movement Imagery and Exercises


Whole-Body Sensation



Music and Rhythm

Connections Through the Body

Breath and Flow


Chapter 5. Imagery in Dance Improvisation

Improvisation and Dance Technique

Improvisation With Children

Imagery Improvisation Exercises

Contact Improvisation and Imagery



Part III. Imagery in Dance Technique Classes
Chapter 6. Teaching Dance With Imagery

Elements of Making Progress

Function and Anatomy

Effort and Tension

Alignment Paradox

Guidelines for Teachers

Guidelines for Students


Chapter 7. Floorwork, Walking, and Running


Pelvis as a Strong Sitting Base

Upper-Body Motion While Sitting

Falls to the Floor

Rolls on the Ground

Floor Barre

Stillness and Slow Movement

The Foot

Walking and Running

Chapter 8. Plié

Force Absorption in Plié

Imagery for Plié


Chapter 9. Tendu-Based Movements

Battement Tendu/Dégagé (Jeté)

Rond de Jambe à Terre

Battement Fondu (Demi-Plié on One Leg)

Battement Frappé


Chapter 10. Développé and Other Extensions

Creating Smooth Action in the Hip Joint

Extensions to the Back

Releasing Tension, Embodying Fascia


Chapter 11. Arabesque, Attitude, and Grand Battement

Research on Imagery for the Plié Arabesque

Art and Science of Balance

Grand Battement


Chapter 12. Swings, Arches, and Spirals

Swings and Arches



Chapter 13. Upper-Body Gestures

Port de Bras (Arm Gestures)






Chapter 14. Turns

From Crawls to Pirouettes

Natural Turners

What You Can Learn From a Spinning Top

Turning With the Whole Body

Angular Motion

Phases of Turning in Pirouettes


Chapter 15. Jumps

Speed and Leverage

Anatomical Considerations

The Foot in Jumping

Elastic Leaps and Rhythmic Rebound

Traveling Leaps and Turning Leaps

Breathing Before Jumping

Arms and Leaping

Floors and Soft Landings

The Sky Is the Limit


Chapter 16. Partnering

Requirements for Partnering

Connecting With Your Partner

Using Imagery in Partnering


Part IV. Imagery in Choreography, Rest, and Regeneration

Chapter 17. Imagery and Performance Quality




Magical Outfit

Performance Environment

Relationship With the Audience

Your History

Stepping Onstage


Chapter 18. Rest and Regeneration

Using Your Hands

Releasing Touch

Constructive Rest

Guided Imagery


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