Dynamic Alignment Through Imagery, Second Edition
Human Kinetics, 2012
If the purpose of proper alignment is to promote a healthy and efficient way of moving, it only makes sense to improve one’s alignment through movement, rather than static positioning. This is the thesis behind Eric Franklin’s Dynamic Alignment Through Imagery, a guide with more than 600 exercises that help the reader envision and improve her alignment and coordination. As a teacher you can pull these imagery activities from your toolbox when that stubborn student just will not release her swayed back or unlock those hyperextended knees.
Former dancer and instructor at New York University, The Juilliard School, American Dance Festival and The Royal Ballet School, Franklin opens his guide with a lengthy account of the benefits to using imagery. And after explaining how the muscles and joints work, he explores the body, focusing on the pelvis and hips; legs, spine and body wall, shoulders, arms and hands; head and neck; and rib cage, breath and organs. Each section includes dozens of imagery exercises, accompanied by illustrations. Franklin’s light tone is engaging and this edition comes with four audio recordings of exercises led by the author himself, online: www.humankinetics.com/franklinaudio.