Donna Krasnow received her Master of Science in dance in 1994 from the University of Oregon, where she was recipient of the Outstanding Graduate Research Award. She received her Ph.D. in dance science in 2012 from the University of Wolverhampton in England.
Krasnow is professor emerita and senior scholar in the Department of Dance at York University in Toronto, as well as special faculty for the Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance at California Institute of the Arts.
Krasnow specializes in dance science research, concentrating on injury prevention, conditioning for dancers, and motor learning and motor control. Her most recent research focus has been the adolescent dancer, psychological issues surrounding injury and dance training, and motor control in elite dancers.
In 1988 Krasnow founded the York Dance Ensemble, and in June 2002 received the York University Excellence in Teaching Award. In 1976 she founded Dance Source, a professional training school in San Francisco.
In addition to performing as a guest artist with numerous prestigious companies, Krasnow has taught extensively in the United States, Canada, Australia, and Japan. She served as head of the modern division at the Canadian Children's Dance Theatre in Toronto.
Specializing in teacher training workshops, Krasnow has done residencies for faculty at Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne, Australia; Cecchetti Ballet Australia; the Royal Academy of Ballet; the Society for Russian Ballet; Arts Umbrella in Vancouver, Canada; and faculty seminars at York University.
Serving as the Conference Director for the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS) from 2004 to 2008, Krasnow was a member of the Board of Directors for IADMS and for the Performing Arts Medicine Association.
Krasnow’s articles have been published in numerous journals, and she has served on the editorial boards for the Journal of Dance Medicine & Science, the Journal of Dance Education, and Medical Problems of Performing Artists.
In 2007 she was guest editor for a special issue of the Journal of Dance Medicine & Science about motor learning issues in dance.
In 2010, Krasnow’s book Conditioning with Imagery for Dancers, which documents her method called C-I Training, was published by Thompson Educational Publishers.
Her book Motor Learning and Control for Dance: Principles and Practices for Performers and Teachers will be released in July 2015 by Human Kinetics. Krasnow and her co-author have also begun work as co-editors on a textbook about dancer wellness, a collaborative project between IADMS and Human Kinetics.