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Dance Anatomy and Kinesiology
 


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Knowledge of anatomy improves dance technique
Dancers can greatly improve their performance by learning anatomical and biomechanical principles as they apply to dance.
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Pull up with your abs
Dancers learn cues for optimal performance.
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Lift and lengthen your spine
The cue to “lift and lengthen your spine” can be interpreted from an anatomical perspective as referring to the use of muscles to counter the tendency of gravity to slightly “collapse” the normal sagittal curves of the spine.
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Think of your pelvis as a basin and avoid spilling the contents
The instruction to "imagine your pelvis is a basin and avoid having the contents spill out by letting it tip" is sometimes used by teachers in an effort to maintain desired alignment of the pelvis.
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Use the back of your leg
The instruction to “use more of the back of your leg” is sometimes employed by teachers to encourage greater use of the hamstring muscles when the feet are weight bearing, particularly when the teacher feels that the student is overusing the “front of the legs” (quadriceps femoris).
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© 2007
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ISBN-13: 9780880115315
 
 
 

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