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.


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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