Eric Franklin

Eric N. Franklin (born February 28, 1957) is a Swiss dancer, movement educator, university lecturer, writer and founder of the Franklin Method, a method that combines creative visualization, embodied anatomy, physical and mental exercises and educational skills. He lives in Wetzikon, Switzerland.

Eric Franklin
Eric Franklin

February 28, 1957
CitizenshipSwitzerland Switzerland
Occupation(s)Dance and Movement, Somatic Education
OrganizationFranklin Institute in Wetzikon Switzerland
Known forFounding the Franklin Method


He earned his Bachelor of Science from the University of Zurich[1] and his Bachelor of Fine Arts at the New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. After many experiences as a dancer and a choreographer, and Breakdance,[2] a dance book written with William Watkins in 1984, he has founded the Franklin-Method Institute[3] in Uster, Switzerland.[4] He is a member of the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science. He has taught at the Zurich Neurological Institute,[5] the New York University, the Royal Ballet School,[6] the Royal Danish Ballet, the Ballet School of the Zurich Opera,[7] the University of Vienna,[8] the American Dance Festival. He has coached both world and European athletes that became champions, and Cirque du Soleil artists[9] in the Franklin Method.

The Franklin MethodEdit

The Franklin Method (in German, Franklin-Methode) was founded in 1994 and was originally for dancers. It was inspired by Mabel Elsworth Todd's ideokinesis, Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen's Body-Mind Centering[10] and Sri Aurobindo's Integral Yoga. Extended from the dance field to every kind of human movement, this method combines dynamic science-based imagery, touch, anatomical embodiment and educational skills to create lasting positive change in body and mind, using a range of simple tools, like balls, Theraband,[11][12] and other daily life objects.

The Franklin Method activates body and mind function through the use of imagery, experiential anatomy and reconditioning movement to improve function.[13][failed verification] The principal goals are how to obtain dynamic body alignment and how to move the body with maximum efficiency .[14] In every moment, the ideal combination of limbs, joints, gravity, moving parts, connective tissue, and muscles must be found and directed by the brain and nervous system by help of appropriate imagery.

Imagery promotes a neurogenic changement of muscular condition which allows immediate results, before any myogenic (muscle tissue) one. Connective tissue and inner organs are also directly stimulated, with touch and visualization, in order to change posture and to obtain an inner and outer balance. The exercises have a considerable impact on lowering structural stress, too.

The method is taught all over the world, including the Universities of Vienna, Cologne, Karlsruhe, The Boston Conservatory and the Juilliard School in New York City. It is recognized by the health providers in Switzerland and courses are regularly offered at Dance,[15][16] Pilates, Yoga and Physiotherapy conferences.[17][18][19]


Eric Franklin is author of 18 books, mainly in the mind/body field, which have been written in German[20] and English and translated into French,[21] Italian,[22] Spanish,[23] Czech,[24] Dutch,[25] Chinese,[26] Japanese[27] and Korean.[28]

Here are mentioned the publications in English:


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Bibliography and PressEdit


  1. ^ "University of Zurich". Archived from the original on 2012-03-05. Retrieved 2012-03-04.
  2. ^ Breakdance
  3. ^ "Franklin-Method Institute". Archived from the original on 2012-02-03. Retrieved 2012-03-04.
  4. ^ Prickelnde Körperbilder by Irene Sieben, Ballettanz magazine, May 2003, p. 72-75. ill.Franklin Method Institute
  5. ^ Zurich Neurological Institute
  6. ^ The Royal Ballet School Archived 2001-11-16 at the Library of Congress Web Archives
  7. ^ Eric Franklin's choreography at the Zurich Opera in an article of Dorothea Kahr, Tanz und Gymnastik magazine, Jahrg. 57, Nr. 3 (2001), p. 42
  8. ^ University of Vienna
  9. ^ Cirque du Soleil
  10. ^ Body-Mind Centering
  11. ^ Dance Specific Theraband Conditioning article by Eric Franklin, IADMS conference 2003, in Rudolf Nureyev Foundation Medical website
  12. ^ Thera-Band website
  13. ^ Young, Lynnette Overby, Ph.D. an Jan, Dunn, M.S.: Dance Imagery Research: Implications for Teachers. The IADMS Bulletin for Teachers, Volume 3, Number 2, 2011, S. 9 -11
  14. ^ Liberated bodies by Irene Sieben in Ballett international/Tanz aktuell English ed. Nov. 2000, p. 54-55
  15. ^ New York New York What a Wonderful IADMS Conference by Rachel-Anne Rist, article in Dancing times magazine, Jan 2003, p. 41, 43
  16. ^ International Association for Dance Medecine and Science 2010 Conference
  17. ^ 26th and 27th Annual Symposium on medical problems of dancers and musicians - APAM (Performing Arts Medicine Association) 2007, 2008
  18. ^ 18th Physiotherapy Symposium Lausanne
  19. ^ article on Franklin Method by Bettina Halbach, on PT magazine, sep 2011
  20. ^ Hundert Ideen fur Beweglichkeit Einfuhrung in die Ideokinese
  21. ^ Le corps et l'énergie
  22. ^ Visualizzazione e movimento, cento idee per correggere la postura, sciogliere le articolazioni e migliorare le prestazioni fisiche
  23. ^ Danza: acondicionamento fisico
  24. ^ Czech translation of Relax your Neck, Liberate your Shoulders
  25. ^ Dutch translation of Pelvic Power
  26. ^ Chinese translation of Conditioning for Dance Archived 2012-09-14 at
  27. ^ Japanese translation of Pelvic Power
  28. ^ Korean translation of Conditioning for Dance
  29. ^ Dance Imagery for Technique and Performance
  30. ^ Dynamic Alignment Through Imagery, Human Kinetics (1996)
  31. ^ Relax Your Neck Liberate Your Shoulders
  32. ^ Conditioning for Dance, Human Kinetics (2003)
  33. ^ Pelvic Power
  34. ^ Pelvic Power review Archived 2011-12-06 at the Wayback Machine
  35. ^ Inner Focus Outer Strength
  36. ^ Franklin Method Ball and Imagery Exercises for Relaxed and Flexible Shoulders, Neck and Thorax
  37. ^ Beautiful Body, Beautiful Mind
  38. ^ Happy Feet – Dynamic Base, Effortless Posture
  39. ^ Rethinking warm-up exercises for the lower extremity for patients active life styles article by Tracey Vlahovic DPM on Podiatry Today, 2012
  40. ^ The Psoas – Integrating Your Inner Core
  41. ^ Review of Dynamic Alignment Through Imagery
  42. ^ Imagery Movement and the Dynamic Dance of Life
  43. ^ Conditioning for Dance: Training for Peak Performance in all Dance Forms
  44. ^ The mind/body connection and the practice of classical ballet
  45. ^ Teaching Modern Technique through Experiential Anatomy
  46. ^ Inner Focus Outer Strength: Using Imagery and Exercise for Strength, Health and Beauty
  47. ^ Book Review: Inner Focus Outer Strength: Using Imagery and Exercise for Health, Strength, and Beauty
  48. ^ A brief history of somatic practices and dance: historical development of the field of somatic education and its relationship to dance
  49. ^ a b c d e "Integral text of the press article PDF". Archived from the original on 2012-02-03. Retrieved 2012-03-06.
  50. ^ Seeing Improvement
  51. ^ Eric Franklin: transforming technique through science-based imagery
  52. ^ Franklin Method Images' Effects on Jumping
  53. ^ "Integral text of the press article". Archived from the original on 2012-02-03. Retrieved 2012-03-06.
  54. ^ The Franklin Method in the Pilates Studio Archived 2012-01-14 at the Wayback Machine