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53 | #Eric Franklin - Franklin Method

On our first episode of Somatics month, your co-host YeaJean interviews Swiss Dancer, Movement Educator, University Lecturer, Writer and Founder of the Franklin Method, Eric Franklin. In this episode, we go behind the screen and talk about imagery and dance, the Franklin Method, benefits of understanding your body, lifestyle recommendations for a long career, somatic product recommendations, protecting training methods/products/brand, and advice for the dance community during COVID-19.


[0:28] YeaJean introduces Eric Franklin


[1:40] YeaJean asks: “After many experiences as a dancer and a choreographer, and breakdancer,what led you to develop Franklin-Method?”

[5:47] YeaJean asks: “The Franklin method was inspired by Mabel Elsworth Todd's Ideokinesis, Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen's Body-Mind Centering® and Sri Aurobindo’s Integral Yoga. What is the uniqueness of the Franklin method compared to other movement training or somatic-based methods such as Feldenkrais Method, Body-Mind Centering, or Alexander technique?”

[9:48] YeaJean asks: “We can tell that is the uniqueness of the Franklin Method Neuro-cognitive Imagery.”

[10:51] YeaJean asks: “Can you explain?”

[13:43] YeaJean asks: “I have been referencing your amazing books “Dance Imagery for Technique and Performance” and “Dynamic alignment through imagery” in my technique classes. Can you share more about the benefits of using imagery in dance?

[15:29] YeaJean asks: “I love all the images in the books. How were you able to create/design those images?”

[17:42] YeaJean asks: “What is something you can tell us about the programs we can’t find on your website?”

[20:44] YeaJean asks: “In the face of COVID-19 spreading globally how does this affect your teaching? Do you have any advice for the dance community?”

[23:07] YeaJean asks: “What are some lifestyle recommendations you have for dancers who want to have healthier and longer careers?”

[26:05] YeaJean asks: “Can you recommend some products you have?”

[27:48] YeaJean asks: “What was your process for trademarking the Franklin Method? Do you have advice for those looking to protect their own training methods or products?”

[31:30] YeaJean asks: “What has been your experience dealing with people who have their own somatic method? Can you share a time when someone disagreed or challenged your method and how you responded?”

[38:52] YeaJean asks: “Do you have anything else you want to share with our audience?”

[40:53] YeaJean asks:

1- If you had to recommend a resource to our audience what would it be?

2- What was the first dance you saw?

  • “Pina Bausch in Germany”

3- Do you think social media has a positive influence on the dance world (yes or no)?

  • “Yes”

4- What is your favorite social media platform?

  • YouTube

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