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.


Conditioning with Imagery for Dancers

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.


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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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Dancer Wellness Book Cover

Human Kinetics is pleased to announce the release of Dancer Wellness, co-edited by Donna Krasnow and Virginia (Ginny) Wilmerding, PhD and former CEO of the International Association for Dance Medicine & Science.

Dancers who want to get the most out of their experience in dance—whether in college, high school, a dance studio, or a dance company—can now take charge of their wellness. Dancer Wellness will help them learn and apply important wellness concepts as presented through the in-depth research conducted by the International Association for Dance Medicine & Science (IADMS) and their experts from around the world.

Four Primary Areas

  • Foundations of dancer wellness, which explores the dancer’s physical environment, the science behind training, and conditioning

  • Mental components of dancer wellness, which investigates the psychological aspects that influence a dancer’s training—imagery, somatic practices, and the ways that rest, fatigue, and burnout affect learning, technique, and injury risk and recovery

  • Physical aspects of dancer wellness, which examines dancer nutrition and wellness, including the challenges in maintaining good nutrition, addressing body composition issues, bone health, injury prevention, and first aid

  • Assessments for dancer wellness, which offers guidance in goal setting, screenings, assessing abilities, and designing a personal wellness plan

    Dancer Wellness meets the needs of dancers in any setting,” says Virginia Wilmerding, one of the book’s editors from IADMS. “Our authors are leaders in the field, and they thoroughly investigate their areas of specialization. Through that investigation we have provided theoretical concepts and practical information and applications that dancers can use to enhance their health and wellness as part of their dance practice.”

    This text offers foundational information to create a comprehensive view of dancer wellness. “Wellness defines the state of being healthy in both mind and body through conscious and intentional choices and efforts,” says coeditor Donna Krasnow. “Anyone interested in the health and wellness of dancers can benefit from this book, regardless of previous training or level of expertise. This book covers each aspect of dancer wellness, whether environmental, physical, or psychological.”


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    McFarland & Company is pleased to announce the release of Daniel Lewis: A Life in Choreography and the Art of Dance, co-authored by Donna H. Krasnow and Daniel E. Lewis.

    Daniel Lewis’s legacy as a hugely influential choreographer and teacher of modern dance is celebrated in this biography. It showcases the many roles he played in the dance world by organizing his story around various aspects of his work, including his years at the Juilliard School, dancing and touring with the José Limón Company, staging Limón’s masterpieces around the world, directing his own company (Daniel Lewis Dance Repertory Company), writing and choreographing operas and musicals, and his years as dean of dance at New World School of the Arts. His life has spanned a particular period of growth of modern and contemporary dance, and his biography gives insight into how the artistic and journalistic perspectives on modern dance were influenced by what was occurring in the broader dance and arts communities. The book also offers rarely seen photographs and interviews with many dance luminaries.


    “Daniel Lewis’ autobiography is more than an important text of dance history; it reveals a unique glimpse into the world of American modern dance through the lens of his charmed and impressive career.” ~ Alicia Graf Mack, Director of the Dance Division, The Juilliard School

    “Written by one of the great multi-taskers of American modern dance, this book is a unique blend of autobiography, a relatively unexamined recent dance history, and what goes into performing, choreographing and dance administration.” ~ Jennifer Dunning, dance writer for the New York Times, and author of books on ballet and modern dance

    “Dancer, choreographer, teacher and visionary, Daniel Lewis has contributed greatly to an exciting era of American dance. This chronicle evokes some of the many fascinating people he’s encountered during a long and productive career.” ~ Jack Anderson, New York correspondent, Dancing Times (London); founding co-editor Dance Chronicle; and contributor to New York Times and other publications


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    Conditioning with Imagery for Dancers DVD or Video Streaming

    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 DVD or video in the series is priced at $25 USD or CDN, the complete DVD series or video set may be purchased as a package for $60 USD or CDN.

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    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.

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