Physics and the Art of Dance: Understanding Movement / Edition 2

Physics and the Art of Dance: Understanding Movement / Edition 2

by Kenneth Laws, Arleen Sugano
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0195341015

ISBN-13: 9780195341010

Pub. Date: 09/02/2008

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Written by a physicist with professional dance training, Physics and the Art of Dance explains how dancers can achieve better, safer performances through an understanding of physics in motion. Using simple, non-technical terms, Kenneth Laws combines his knowledge of both physics and dance to describe how the laws of gravity, momentum, and energy affect dancing

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Written by a physicist with professional dance training, Physics and the Art of Dance explains how dancers can achieve better, safer performances through an understanding of physics in motion. Using simple, non-technical terms, Kenneth Laws combines his knowledge of both physics and dance to describe how the laws of gravity, momentum, and energy affect dancing bodies. The book explores the natural laws that govern the subtleties of balance, the techniques of leaps and pirouettes, and the impressive lifts and turns executed by ballet partners. Finally, Laws offers insight into two current discussions in the dance world—the effect of body size on ballet technique, and the relationship between science and the art of dance.

Beautiful, original stop-action photographs by Martha Swope, along with clear diagrams, illustrate the concepts described in the text. Plus, an intriguing "puzzler" at the beginning of each chapter provides an engaging entrée into the topics presented. For those who want a more advanced understanding of the physics, extensive appendices are provided.

This new book combines the best features of Laws's widely acclaimed The Physics of Dance and Physics, Dance, and the Pas de Deux by Laws and Cynthia Harvey. Its expert application of the basic principles of physics to the art of dance will be an invaluable resource for dancers and dance instructors and will open a new level of appreciation for lovers of the form. It will also appeal to physicists who seek to include the arts in their scientific pursuits.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195341010
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
09/02/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
318,862
Product dimensions:
7.80(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword by Martha Swope
Preface
1. Introduction
2. Balance
3. Motions Without Turns
4. Pirouettes
5. Turns in the Air
6. The Pas de Deux
7. The Mechanics of Partnered Turns
8. The Mechanics of Lifts
9. The Effects of Body Size
10. A Step into the Future
Appendix A - Linear Mechanics and Newton's Laws
Appendix B - Rotational Mechanics
Appendix C - Anatomical Data for Dancers
Appendix D - Rotational Inertia for Some Body Configurations
Appendix E - Acceleration Away from Balance
Appendix F - Off-Balance Pirouettes
Appendix G - Arabesque Turn Analysis
Appendix H - Quantitative Analysis of the Grande Pirouette
Appendix I - Quantitative Analysis of the Fouetté Turn
Appendix J - Quantitative Analysis of the Supported Fouetté Turn
Appendix K - Lean, Don't Slip
Appendix L - Biomechanical Forces in a Dancer's Body
Glossary
Index

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