Conditioning with Imagery for Dancers, Book Cover Illustration by Martin Murphy

C-I Training™ (conditioning-with-imagery) is a body system which incorporates both 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 methodologies to movement practices in classes, rehearsals, performances, and daily life. The applications of C-I Training™ can assist with injury prevention, improved training practices, and appropriate warm-up procedures.


Thompson Educational Publishing is pleased to present Conditioning with Imagery for Dancers, a new book for dancers and dance educators. The book includes detailed descriptions of the purpose, form, and rhythm of exercises, accompanying imagery, and approximately 300 photographs.

The book 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.

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Book Cover Illustration by artist and retired dancer Martin Murphy.

Interior Photography by Gary Ray Rush.


Motor Learning and Control for Dance: Principles and Practices for Performers and Teachers

Human Kinetics is pleased to announce the release of Motor Learning and Control for Dance: Principles and Practices for Performers and Teachers, co-authored by Donna Krasnow and Virginia (Ginny) Wilmerding, PhD and CEO of the International Association for Dance Medicine & Science. It is the first textbook to blend dance science, somatic practices, and pedagogy and address motor learning theory from a dance perspective. It focuses on motor development, motor control, and motor learning while showcasing principles and practices for students and teachers.

As dance training evolves and becomes more complex, knowledge of motor behavior is foundational in helping dancers learn and master new skills and become more efficient in integrating the skills. Motor Learning and Control for Dance is the first resource to address motor learning theory from a dance perspective. Educators and students preparing to teach will learn practical ways to connect the science behind dance to pedagogy in order to prepare dancers for performance. Dancers interested in performance from the recreational to professional levels will learn ways to enhance their technical and artistic progress.

In language accessible even to those with no science background, Motor Learning and Control for Dance showcases principles and practices for students, artists, and teachers. The text offers a perspective on movement education not found in traditional dance training while adding to a palette of tools and strategies for improving dance instruction and performance. Aspiring dancers and instructors will explore how to develop motor skills, how to control movement on all levels, and — most important — how motor skills are best taught and learned.

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The beginning level video is appropriate for beginning-level dancers or athletes, for adults who have previously not exercised and would like to begin a simple conditioning program, or for children as young as 10 years old who are involved in dance or sports. The second and third videos in this series are each one hour in length, and are more complex and strenuous. The intermediate level video places more emphasis on flexibility, while the advanced level video stresses muscular strength and endurance, and coordination.

Each videotape in the series is priced at $30 USD or CDN, the complete videotape set may be purchased as a package for $70 USD or CDN.

Each DVD in the series is priced at $40 USD or CDN, the complete DVD set may be purchased as a package for $100 USD or CDN.

The video was created by Donna Krasnow. Directed/Edited by Jim Fisher. Graphics by Eric Parker. Photos by Dianna Last.

The production of this video was made possible with the assistance of the Departments of Dance, Film and Video, at York University.

Sample Videos

Exercise on 6 for the Spine

Développé with Rond de Jambe

Donna Krasnow
C-I Training Book
Beginner DVD
Intermediate DVD
Advanced DVD
Book Ordering Info
DVD Ordering Info
Published Articles
Certified Teachers
York Dance

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