Eric FranklinFounder of Franklin Method™
Eric Franklin is a dancer, movement educator, university lecturer and successful author. He earned his BS from the University of Zurich and his Bachelor of Fine Arts at the New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.Eric has studied and trained with some of the top movement imagery and conditioning specialists around the world and has used this training as a professional dancer in New York. He has shared his imaging techniques in his teaching since 1986.Eric teaches at universities and arts educational schools throughout the world including New York University School of the Arts, the Royal Ballet School and the Laban Center in London. In 1998 he introduced the first dance conditioning methodology to mainland China. Recently Eric has taught at the Juilliard School in New York and the Royal Danish Ballet.Eric Franklin is author of Dynamic Alignment through Imagery (1996), Dance Imagery for Technique and Performance (1996), Relax your Neck – Liberate your Shoulders (2002), Pelvic Power (2003), Inner Focus, Outer Strength (2006) and Beautiful Body, Beautiful Mind (2009). Eric Franklin’s books have been translated into German, Italian, Spanish, Czech, Chinese and Korean.As founder of the Franklin Method™ Institute in Switzerland, Eric Franklin regularly offers workshops and Teacher Training courses on the topics covered in his books.
Morten DithmerDirector of Franklin Method Asia, Senior Faculty Member
Morten Dithmer has been part of the Franklin Method over the last 15 years. He has been instrumental in developing the presence of the Franklin Method in many areas of the world like Asia, Australia, Canada and Scandinavia. He is a Master Franklin Teacher Trainer, as well as the director for the Franklin Method Asia.
Morten is a Franklin Teacher Trainer and teaches worldwide. Morten brings a potent mix of experience from dance, osteopathy, martial arts and comedy to his teaching. He was trained as a dancer at the Rotterdam Dance Academy in Holland, with a career in the performing arts extending over 20 years. He is an instructor in osteopathic bodywork, and holds a 3rd degree black belt and teacher’s license in Aikido, a martial art.Morten has among others taught at; Juilliard School NY, Royal Danish Ballet, Circus De Soleil, Madrid Conservatory of the Arts, LADMMI Montreal, Hong Kong Modern Dance School, The Nike Conference, Taipei University of Arts, Ecole De Danse Quebec, Laban School of Dance London. Morten is based in Denmark.
Damian McCannFranklin Method Faculty
After 12 years of extensive training with Eric Franklin, Damian now offers weekly classes in NYC, workshops around the world and leads teacher training classes in the Franklin Method. His goal is to empower his students with all the necessary tools to feel good in their bodies, minds and lives. Damian can relate to many, as he began his own exploration into the body/mind connection over ten years ago because of crippling back pain. Now, because of this regular use of the Franklin Method, not only has he healed all his chronic pain and sports injuries, but has found a deep and profound pleasure and love of even the most basic functions of the body. Something as simple as breathing or walking, or sitting at a desk can become an opportunity to heal. Damian applies Franklin Method to all his favorite activities: snowboarding, hiking, surfing, martial arts and has found his skills improving at an incredible rate. Because of the profound changes he has experienced, Damian is compelled to share this awareness with the world. You can find out more about him here: http://www.damianmccann.com/
Tom McCookFranklin Method Faculty & FM Educator Level 3, reg. 09/2011 Founder and Director of Center of BalancePilates Teacher
Tom is an internationally recognized fitness and movement specialist. Beginning his full time career in personal training in 1984, Tom designs programs for health and life performance for working professionals, people rehabilitating from injuries and world-class athletes including Olympic Gold Medal swimmers Natalie Coughlin, Jenny Thompson and Misty Hyman. Teaching Pilates since 1995, Tom is a Master Instructor of Pilates and CoreAlign for Balanced Body.He has certifications through the PMA, ACE, along with being a CEC provider. Since 2004, Tom has been studying the Franklin Method and is a Level 3 Educator and on the Franklin Institutes teaching staff. The Franklin Method has been an instrumental part of his teaching, offering an incredibly effective approach for improving movement potential and health. Tom’s goal as a teacher is to empower, educate and inspire others to live more fulfilling and balanced lives. He lives on the coast outside of San Francisco with his wife and business partner Karen deMoor