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Conditioning for Dance : Training for Peak Performance in All Dance Forms - Eric Franklin

Conditioning for Dance

Training for Peak Performance in All Dance Forms

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Published: 8th September 2003
For Ages: 18+ years old
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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 plies, 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.

"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.""""

Forewordp. vi
Prefacep. vii
Mind-Body Conditioningp. 1
Embodied Imageryp. 16
Reflexive Balancep. 29
Relaxed Flexibilityp. 50
Aligned Movement for Improved Techniquep. 83
Strengthening the Centerp. 109
Building Power in the Legs and Feetp. 149
Developing Power in the Torso and Armsp. 172
Improving Turns, Jumps, and Turn-Outp. 190
Thera-Band Centre Workoutp. 213
References and Resourcesp. 234
Indexp. 236
About the Authorp. 239
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ISBN: 9780736041560
ISBN-10: 0736041567
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 248
Published: 8th September 2003
Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers
Dimensions (cm): 27.7 x 20.8  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.68