Dance Imagery for Technique and Performance

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Whether used alone or as a companion to Dynamic Alignment Through Imagery, which establishes a foundation for the techniques described here, this unique guide shows you how to combine technical expertise with imagery skills to enrich your expressive repertoire.

This versatile text and reference provides 583 imagery exercises designed to improve dance technique, artistic expression, and performance. More than 160 illustrations highlight images and exercises you can put to use immediately in your movements and choreography.
Part I explores using imagery with improvisation. You'll find 195 exercises centered on the body's basic movement images. These improvisational exercises will encourage you to explore new inner landscapes to create and communicate different movement qualities.

Part II provides 314 imagery exercises you can immediately use to improve technique. The book also provides guidelines for applying imagery within the dance class repertoire:

– Floorwork movements
– Standing, walking, running
– Ballet barre exercises
– Swings, arches, spirals
– Upper-body gestures
– Turns and pirouettes
– Jumping
– Partnering

Part III provides imagery tools to enhance or prepare for a performance. You'll learn how to use imagery to convey information about steps and to clarify the intent and content of a movement. In addition, you'll find 40 imagery exercises that focus on active imagination and symbolism, the performance environment, and the audience in the creative process.

Part IV presents 34 exercises to help restore and regenerate the body through guided imagery used with massage and touch. The book details the ideokinetic constructive rest position and Sweigard's nine lines of action.

With Dance Imagery for Technique and Performance, you'll discover how to use the power of your imagination to enhance performances.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics; 1st ed edition (May 2, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0873229436
  • ISBN-13: 978-0873229432
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.6 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.8 ounces

Customer Reviews

artist and teacher I love this book to help guide workshops

 on May 29, 2017
By tdancgirl
As a dancer, artist and teacher I love this book to help guide workshops.

Invaluable for dancers

 on January 2, 2017
By Stephanie Bailey
I really wish I hadn’t waited so long to get this book. And invaluable tool for any dancer or any creative people in general, if you’re looking to dig deeper or finding more creative ways of choreographing your dance

Exactly What Dancers Crave!

14 people found this helpful.
 on April 20, 2006
By jack wilinsky
To make our bodies do all of the incredible things that we ask of them we use images, and since our bodies are always changing and feeling different sensations, we often need to find new images to keep pushing our performance further and further. This book is a collection of hundreds of interesting suggestions for images that all dancers should find useful. Some you may already be familiar with and some will be new to you. In dance class, images are constantly being taught to dancers, so this is also an excellent resource for teachers as well as students and seasoned professionals. Maybe you will find just the right image for that tricky pirouette or jump here! This book is recommended for dancers of all levels, from beginner to professional.

new perspective

 on December 2, 2015
By vmb
It is a new approach for some students who are struggling with how to feel some of the technical aspects of what I’m asking of them. So some of the ideas are appealing to them

A book to engage body and mind

 on February 4, 2014
By Carmen S. dence
From cover to cover, this book was educational and fun to read and useful to guide me in the pursue of new ways to let my body create shape and forms. A good reference manual to go back and review anytime.

A Must Have!!!

5 people found this helpful.
 on December 17, 2007
By Demark Manigo
I LOVE this book!! Eric has written great books and this one is among them. Every piece of information opens the dancers’ mind and body into a realm of excellence and joy that is LONG OVERDUE!!! It is a must have in every personal library of everyone in dance. A neccessary textbook in pedagogy, technique, and conditioning classes everywhere.

Dance Book Review

 on January 21, 2013
By Dawn Payne
This is a great help to me for choreography some of the stuff I learned when I took ballet but a lot of new info and imagery that is quite helpful! 🙂

This book can greatly help for dancers!

48 people found this helpful.
 on October 14, 2000
By Katya Shelekhova
As a dancer and a beginner I was struggling with jazz technique for a long time. The imagery approach has helped me greatly to improve my plies and turns, posture and interaction with space. The essence of the imagery approach is to identify yourself with an image. As an example the one that inspired me was “a growing root”. I keep coming to this book again and again, when I need to recupirate and find inspiration. It also developed my imagery and gave me another prospective on relationships, energy and dancing. The book has helpful illustrations and photos. A must!

Love it.

 on April 29, 2010
By Reginald
For thoes who work and dance using imagery, this book is your bible.

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