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Ballet PedagogyThe Art of Teaching$
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Rory Foster

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780813034591

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813034591.001.0001

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Anatomy for the Dancer

Anatomy for the Dancer

(p.54) 3 Anatomy for the Dancer
Ballet Pedagogy

Rory Foster

University Press of Florida

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

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