Dance Kinesiology

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A working knowledge of the science of movement can help any dancer achieve the goals of excellent performance and avoidance of injury. For students and others in pursuit of that knowledge, Dance Kinesiology is a comprehensive introduction to the ways muscles and bones work in all types of dance. Dance Kinesiology explores virtually every aspect of dance movement, including the skeletal and muscular systems; muscular imbalances; physiological support systems; body types; movement behavior; somatics, efficiency, ...
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Overview

A working knowledge of the science of movement can help any dancer achieve the goals of excellent performance and avoidance of injury. For students and others in pursuit of that knowledge, Dance Kinesiology is a comprehensive introduction to the ways muscles and bones work in all types of dance. Dance Kinesiology explores virtually every aspect of dance movement, including the skeletal and muscular systems; muscular imbalances; physiological support systems; body types; movement behavior; somatics, efficiency, and relaxation; prevention of dance injuries; conditioning; and weight management. Emphasis is placed throughout on structural and neuromuscular analysis, the elements of kinesiology most pertinent to dance. Thoroughly revised and updated to reflect the continuing development of knowledge and techniques, the Second Edition includes new articles on eight important somatic systems from the dancer's point of view, each contributed by a trained practitioners. The book is further supplemented with more than 150 anatomical drawings; photographs illustrating technical concepts; fully illustrated practice exercises; tables for analysis of movement; and a list of suggested readings. Dance Kinesiology is must reading for all students of modern dance and ballet, as well as for dance educators, physical therapists, and choreographers. With the help of this book, dancers can discover their own physical strengths and limitations, enhance their ability to develop their bodies, and turn weaknesses into strengths.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780028700908
  • Publisher: Cengage Gale
  • Publication date: 6/28/1988
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 399

Table of Contents

Preface
Sect. I The Science of Motion in Support of the Art of Dance
1 Domain of Dance Kinesiology 5
Sect. II The Skeletal System
2 Overview of the Skeletal System 17
3 Foot and Leg 27
4 Pelvis and Spine 53
5 Scapula and Humerus 79
6 Radius, Ulna, and Hand 90
Sect. III The Muscular System
7 Overview of the Muscular System 101
8 Muscles of the Toes, the Tarsus, and the Ankle 121
9 Muscles of the Knee and the Hip 134
10 Muscles of the Torso and the Neck 166
11 Muscles of the Scapula and the Shoulder 192
12 Muscles of the Elbow, Radio-Ulnar Joints, Wrist, and Hand 209
13 Misalignments and Muscular Imbalances Common in Dance 227
Sect. IV Physiological Considerations for Dancers
14 Physiological Support Systems 255
15 Body Types 281
16 Movement Behavior 287
Sect. V Wellness for Dancers
17 Somatics, Relaxation, and Efficiency 303
18 Prevention of Dance Injuries 368
19 Conditioning for Dancers 388
20 Weight Management 443
Sect. VI Conclusion and Applications
21 Enhancing Performance 453
22 Applications of Dance Kinesiology 458
References 463
Contributors to the Second Edition 469
Index 473
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