This text provides dancers and dance educators with a deep understanding
of how they can use imagery to improve artistry in dance. It offers
hundreds of imagery exercises to refine improvisation, technique, and
choreography as well as 295 illustrations and photos that illustrate
Franklin’s unique imagery concepts. The book includes imagery exercises
that can restore and regenerate the body through massage, touch, and
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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.
Part I. Art and Science of Imagery Chapter 1. History, Theory, and Uses of Imagery
Emerging Theories on Imagery
Benefits of Using Imagery in Dance
Chapter 2. Types and Effectiveness of Imagery
Types of Imagery
Making Imagery Effective
Part II. Discovering and Exploring Imagery Chapter 3. Discovering Imagery
Propensity Toward Imagery
Chapter 4. Basic Movement Imagery and Exercises
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
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
Stillness and Slow Movement
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)
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
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
What You Can Learn From a Spinning Top
Turning With the Whole Body
Phases of Turning in Pirouettes
Chapter 15. Jumps
Speed and Leverage
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
Relationship With the Audience
Chapter 18. Rest and Regeneration
Using Your Hands
References and Resources
About the Author
Reference for dancers and text for undergraduate dance students taking
improvisation, choreography, and dance technique courses. Reference for
dance educators in performing arts and somatic education.
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.
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