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Anatomy for the Dancer

Rory Foster

in Ballet Pedagogy

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print March 2010 | ISBN: 9780813034591
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813046297 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813034591.003.0004
Anatomy for the Dancer

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Every ballet teacher should have a fundamental understanding of the musculoskeletal system and the biomechanics of human movement as it pertains to dance. Precise execution of a movement requires correct technique, which in turn requires accurate posture and placement in balancing and counterbalancing. This is paramount, because once muscle memory—physical habit—is established through repetition, it is difficult to undo. Anatomy books have been written for dancers and teachers that should be on every teacher's bookshelf for easy reference. This chapter aims to reinforce and emphasize important points regarding muscular and skeletal functions as they apply to correct dance training, as well as to highlight certain areas that are particularly vulnerable to dance injuries.

Keywords: classical ballet; dancers; dancing; dance training; musculoskeletal system

Chapter.  7667 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Dance

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