Donna Krasnow


Donna Krasnow, is Professor Emerita in the Department of Dance at York University, and most recently Special Faculty at California Institute of the Arts. She has worked as a dancer, choreographer, artistic director, educator, researcher, editor, and writer. She performed with the Daniel Lewis Repertory Dance Company in New York, and directed her school Dance Source and company Möbius in San Francisco. She headed the modern dance division at the Canadian Children’s Dance Theatre (now Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre) in Toronto, developing a curriculum for dancers 8-18 involving Limón technique, improvisation, and C-I Training (conditioning-with-imagery). She has taught workshops for performers and teachers internationally, including Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne, Australia, Osaka University of Health and Sport Sciences in Japan, and Arts Umbrella in Vancouver, Canada.

Donna’s dance science research concentrates on anatomy/kinesiology, injury prevention, dance conditioning, and motor learning and control. She received her PhD in dance science, examining motor control strategies in dancers. She has co-authored two books: Conditioning with Imagery for Dancers with Jordana Deveau, documenting Donna’s conditioning-with-imagery method (C-I Training™) and Motor Learning and Control for Dance: Principles and Practices for Performers and Teachers with Dr. Virginia Wilmerding. Recently she co-edited the book Dancer Wellness with Dr. Virginia Wilmerding. She was the Associate Editor for Dance for Medical Problems of Performing Artists from 2014-2016.