Thinking about the various ways to use imagery to inspire intimate movement exploration with dancers with Parkinson’s…

Considering this in relation to fragmentation, and internally motivated movement techniques through imagery:

Dynamic Neurocognitive Imagery (Eric Franklin)

DNI uses progressive movement exercises combined with various methods of imagery to draw participants’ attention to anatomical structures and locations, body biomechanics, as well as spatial and functional relationships between body segments during movement.

Franklin’s description of imagery refers to three main categories

1. Anatomical and Kinetic
2. Metaphorical
3. Tactile

A 2012 research study into the different effects of these imagery styles on execution of a ballet step found that the anatomical imagery proved most effective. Additionally an interesting finding demonstrated that learning style did not necessarily correlate to the style of imagery that work best for performance enhancement.

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