Donna Krasnow
Professor Emerita

Modern Dance and Dance Sciences, Composition and Choreography, Repertory

BA (University of California - Berkeley), MSc (University of Oregon), PhD (University of Wolverhampton)

Modern Dance and Dance Sciences, Composition and Choreography, Repertory.

Donna Krasnow has a distinguished background as a choreographer, performer, researcher and teacher. She founded Dance Source, a professional training school in San Francisco, and was artistic director for its resident company Mobius.

In addition to performing as a guest artist with such companies as Footloose, Northern Lights and Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane, she performed with the Daniel Lewis Repertory Dance Company in New York and assisted with the staging of José Limón’s classic works There Is A Time and A Choreographic Offering. She has taught at many universities and professional studios internationally, including the Limón Institute in New York, Canadian Children’s Dance Theatre in Toronto, Arts Umbrella in Vancouver, California State University Northridge, and Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne, Australia.

Professor Krasnow’s scholarly research focuses on dance science, particularly injury prevention, motor learning and motor control, conditioning for dancers and psychological aspects of injury. Her articles have been published in The Journal of Dance Medicine & Science; Impulse: the International Journal of Dance Science, Medicine, and Education; Medical Problems of Performing Artists; Bulletin of Osaka University of Health and Sport Sciences; Médecine des Arts; and Dance Research Journal.

Donna is the creator of C-I Training™, a conditioning with imagery system for dancers. She has written a book called Conditioning with Imagery for Dancers, and produced a DVD series of the work. She also offers workshops for teachers on a variety of topics, and offers teacher certification courses in C-I Training. She is also a level one GYROTONIC® trainer.

At York University, Professor Krasnow taught courses in modern dance, composition and choreography, repertory, conditioning for dancers, kinesiology, prevention and care of dance injuries, and motor learning issue in dance. In 1988 she founded the York Dance Ensemble, the Dance Department’s pre-professional repertory touring company.