Motor Learning and Control for Dance: Principles and Practices for Performers and Teachers

Motor Learning and Control for Dance: Principles and Practices for Performers and Teachers

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Motor Learning and Control for Dance: Principles and Practices for Performers and Teachers by Donna Krasnow, Mary Virginia Wilmerding

Motor Learning and Control for Dance is the first textbook to blend dance science, somatic practices, and pedagogy and address motor learning theory from a dance perspective. It focuses on motor development, motor control, and motor learning while showcasing principles and practices for students and teachers.

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ISBN-13: 9781492513612
Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers
Publication date: 06/09/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 14 MB
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About the Author

Donna Krasnow is a professor emerita in the department of dance at York University in Toronto, Canada, and is a member of the special faculty at California Institute of the Arts in the United States. She specializes in dance science research, concentrating on dance kinesiology, injury prevention and care, conditioning for dancers, and motor learning and motor control, with a special emphasis on the young dancer. Donna has published numerous articles in the Journal of Dance Medicine & Science and Medical Problems of Performing Artists, as well as resource papers in collaboration with M. Virginia Wilmerding for the International Association for Dance Medicine & Science (IADMS). She was the conference director for IADMS from 2004 to 2008 as well as serving on the board of directors. Donna is currently the associate editor for dance for Medical Problems of Performing Artists. She conducts workshops for dance faculty in alignment and healthy practices for dancers, including the Teachers Day Seminars at York University, and is a nine-time resident guest artist at Victorian College of the Arts and VCA Secondary School, University of Melbourne, Australia. Donna has created a specialized body conditioning system for dancers called C-I Training (conditioning with imagery). She has produced a DVD series of this work, and in 2010 she coauthored the book Conditioning With Imagery for Dancers with professional dancer Jordana Deveau. She offers courses for teachers in Limón technique pedagogy and C-I Training.

Virginia Wilmerding danced professionally in New York City and is now a research professor at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, where she teaches for both the exercise science and dance programs. Courses include kinesiology, research design, exercise physiology, exercise prescription, exercise and disease prevention, and conditioning. She also teaches at the Public Academy for Performing Arts, a charter school. Ginny is currently the chief executive officer of the International Association for Dance Medicine & Science (IADMS) and the chair of the IADMS Annual Meeting Program Committee. She is past president of IADMS and served on the IADMS board of directors from 2001 to 2011. Ginny is the associate editor of science for the Journal of Dance Medicine & Science. She has published original research in Journal of Dance Medicine & Science, Medical Problems of Performing Artists, Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, and Idea Today. With Donna Krasnow she has coauthored resource papers for IADMS. Research interests include body composition, training methodologies, injury incidence and prevention, pedagogical considerations in technique class, and the physiological requirements of various dance idioms.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Foundations of Motor Behavior

Part I: Motor Development

Chapter 2: Theories of Motor Development

Chapter 3: Development of Postural Control and Balance

Chapter 4: Development of Locomotor Skills

Chapter 5: Development of Ballistic Skills

Part II: Motor Control

Chapter 6: Organization of Motor Control

Chapter 7: Attention and Performance

Chapter 8: Motor Control and the Sensory Systems

Chapter 9: Motor Control and Central Organization

Chapter 10: Speed, Accuracy, and Coordination

Part III: Motor Learning

Chapter 11: Theories and Concepts of Motor Learning

Chapter 12: Instructional Strategies

Chapter 13: Motivation

Chapter 14: Conditions of Practice

Chapter 15: Retention and Transfer

Chapter 16: Mental Practice and Imagery


A textbook for dance students in undergraduate dance programs. Also a resource for dance educators in undergraduate and graduate programs and K-12 education.

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