The Franklin method was founded by a dancer named Eric Franklin in 1994. This conditioning method uses dynamic imagery and dynamic alignment to ensure that the body moves with maximum efficiency. It began when Mr. Franklin became frustrated with his own injuries, confused as to why a healthy activity such as dance could cause him so much pain. He started studying anatomy and mental imagery and he realized how you move is very important. He began developing a technique that ensured he was using his body in a functional anatomical way and using his mind to support his movement. When he saw how successful this new way of moving was for himself, he began teaching his technique to friends and colleagues which grew into what is now the Franklin Method.
The concept of the importance of how you move can be applied towards any physical activity, it’s not a far reach to see it’s application in dance. What is unique about the Franklin Method is the use of mental imagery and the concept of neuroplasticity which uses the brain to help improve the body’s function.
The Franklin Method is now taught all over the world, in Universities of Vienna, Cologne, Karlsruhe and the Juilliard School. Eric Franklin has also published a number of books on movement education using his method. A few have been listed below:
Conditioning for Dance
Dance Imagery for Technique and Performance
Happy Feet- Dynamic Base, Effortless Posture
To learn more about the Franklin Method and publications by Eric Franklin visit the website: www.fraklinmethod.com.
About the Franklin Method. The International Franklin Method. 2013. http://franklinmethod.com/about
About Eric Franklin and the FM Team. International Franklin Method. 2013 http://franklinmethod.com/about/eric-franklin
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