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
Alison WesleyFranklin Method Educator, Franklin Method Faculty Yoga teacher/FME
‘The stillness in stillness is not the real stillness; only when there is stillness in movement does the universal rhythm manifest.’ – Bruce Lee
Alison is forever fascinated by movement of every kind – she has been dancing her whole life, teaching Yoga since 2007 and owns Working with Yoga, on-site Yoga to corporate offices in the Portland metro area. In 2014, she began teaching Franklin Method classes and incorporates FM into her ongoing Yoga classes and private sessions as well.
She strives to offer thoughtful, supportive, light-hearted classes with enough space for students to turn inward and learn more about themselves.
Debby OrlandoFranklin Method Educator Level 3, reg. 2011 Park View Pilates and Franklin Method Center
Debby Orlando is a full-time Pilates instructor and a graduate of The Pilates Center, an internationally renowned Pilates certification program located in Boulder, Colorado. She has over 1400 hours of Pilates teacher training, and has been teaching the classical Pilates method for seven years. Debby is experienced in teaching all of mat and equipment classes. Her widespread teaching has given her the experience to teach all body types, from the beginner, intermediate, advanced, or injured bodies to the professional athlete.
Debby is certified through the Pilates Method Allianceís National Certification Examination and had achieved Gold Certified Teacher status. In addition, Debby earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Alverno College and worked in health care industry for 25 years.
Debby is a graduate of the Masters Program and currently a certified teacher for the Masters Program at The Pilates Center in Boulder, Colorado.
Debby is a certified Level 3 Franklin Method Educator.
Shannon MurphyFranklin Method Educator Level 3, reg. 2011 Dance Artist
Shannon Murphy is dance artist and educator in Philadelphia. Shannon is a level three Certified Franklin Method teacher and has been studying with Eric Franklin since 2007. She specializes in Franklin Method for dancers and has taught at many university dance programs, including Drexel Universtiy, Point Park University, Swarthmore College, University of the Arts and Temple Univerity. She also teaches FM and dance at many programs for young dancers in training including the Rock School, Koresh School of Dance, Maralyan Council for the Arts, Philadelphia Youth Dance Festival, and Pittsburgh Ballet Theater. She has proudly worked at University of The Arts since 2013 where she teaches contemporary studio practices and Franklin Method, allowing her to research and develop Franklin Method’s impact on contemporary training. She became the curricular head of Body Pathways in the Fall semester of 2016 creating a curriculum to deepen these practices. Shannon’s creative practice is also deeply rooted in her Franklin Method practice. She is both an independent maker and a co-director of idiosynCrazy productions along side Jumatatu Poe. She is currently an artist in residence at the Whole Shebang where she teaches professional level technique classes and is developing a new work. Her work has been presented nationally and throughout Philadelphia. As a freelance performer, Shannon has worked with many dance artists/companies, including: anonymous bodies||art collective/Kate Watson-Wallace, Dance Theater X, Group Motion Dance Co, Kosoko Performance Group, The Naked Stark, Nichole Canuso Dance Company, SCRAP Performance Group, and has performed works by Peggy Baker, Boris Charmatz, Wally Cardona, and Rennie Harris.
To see more of her work, Please visit shannonmurphydance.com
Rachael HallFranklin Method Educator Level 2 Certified, reg. 06/2013 Body control Pilates instructor, Royal Academy Of Dance Classical Ballet teacher, Royal Ballet School Graduate
Laura Hames FranklinFranklin Method Educator Level 3, reg. 01/2012 Certified BodyTalk Practitioner, BodyTalk Access Trainer, and Delegate for the Resonance Project
Laura Hames Franklin is a certified BodyTalk Practitioner, BodyTalk Access Trainer, Franklin Method Educator and Delegate for the Resonance Project. She holds a BA(Hons) in Dance and Theatre Performance.
She works with individuals, groups and businesses to create improved health, movement and life. Through private sessions, classes, presentations and online programs she presents the information for transformation.
She resides in New York City where she works with clients, teaches workshops, makes videos, animations! Laura also travels extensively leading workshops and presenting at conferences. She is married to Eric Franklin (the creator of the Franklin Method) and has the pleasure to be constantly inspired by him and co-teach Franklin Method workshops with her best friend.
Laura can also be found in dance class, in Hawaii on a wave, cooking yummy food with friends or snowboarding down a mountain!