Conditioning with Imagery for Dancers

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Conditioning with Imagery for Dancers

By: Donna Krasnow and Jordana Deveau

Conditioning with Imagery for Dancers is an invaluable resource for dancers and dance educators. The book includes detailed descriptions of the purpose, form, and rhythm of more than eighty exercises, fully illustrated with step-by-step photographs.

ISBN 978-1-55077-207-4
Edition First
Year 2011
Page Count 180

$ 36.95


This exciting new resource includes detailed descriptions of the purpose, form, and rhythm of exercises for the whole body, accompanying imagery, and 300 photographs showing step-by-step how to do the exercises. It provides information about the principles of conditioning, useful terminology, and the purpose and uses of imagery.

It also includes anatomical descriptions, notes for teachers, suggestions for transferring material to standing and moving through space, balancing exercises, and a special section on corrective work for postural problems and muscle imbalances.

The book documents 30 years of research into body systems and injury prevention for dancers, and describes C-I Training, now being taught in professional schools, universities, and dance studios internationally.

C-I Training™ (conditioning-with-imagery) is a body system which incorporates conditioning exercises for muscular strength, endurance, and flexibility, as well as visualization and imagery work for neuromuscular re-patterning (or movement re-education), alignment work, and mind-body integration and connectedness.

Additionally, its purpose is to address problems with transfer of training from conditioning and re-alignment techniques to movement practices in classes, rehearsals, performances, and daily life. C-I Training can assist with injury prevention, improve dance technique and skills, and provide appropriate warm-up procedures.

C-I Training can be applied to a wide range of dance forms, and is useful to dancers of various ages (as young as 10 years old) and all levels, beginner to professional. Teachers can receive certification to teach C-I Training through ongoing courses offered by its founder, Donna Krasnow.

Table of Contents

  • Part One: Fundamental Principles and Warm-Up
  • Part Two: Legwork and Core Support
  • Part Three: Flexibility Series
  • Part Four: Développé and Rond de Jambe Series
  • Part Five: Developing Turnout
  • Part Six: On Extension
  • Part Seven: Final Strength and Stretch

About the Authors

Donna Krasnow
York University

Donna Krasnow is a professor in the Department of Dance at York University in Toronto, Canada, and has been an invited guest at many colleges, universities, and professional training institutions including Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne, Australia, Canadian Children’s Dance Theatre in Toronto, Arts Umbrella in Vancouver, and California State University, Northridge. She was the founding artistic director of Möbius Dance Company in San Francisco, California, and has performed and taught extensively in the United States, Canada, Australia, and Japan.

Jordana Deveau
Canadian Children’s Dance Theatre

Jordana Deveau is the associate artistic director of the Canadian Children’s Dance Theatre, under Artistic Director Deborah Lundmark. Jordana is a dancer, educator, rehearsal director, and outreach workshop facilitator. In collaboration with Jesse Dell, she is co-artistic director of JD Dance, a contemporary dance company committed to creating and presenting socially conscious work that communicates to a broad audience.