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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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Dancer Health and Injuries

Dancer Health and Injuries

(p.121) 7 Dancer Health and Injuries
Ballet Pedagogy

Rory Foster

University Press of Florida

Ballet is highly cultured and sophisticated in its technical demands. For accuracy of execution, each step in its vocabulary requires that the legs and feet be turned out, and that there be excellent flexibility in the hips and torso. Therefore, ballet requires a body that is strong and supple, and one which has the ability to shape itself and move in accordance with classic line and technique. Students develop increased flexibility in the legs, feet, and torso by gradually coaxing their bodies to flex, extend, and rotate. However, not all students are successful in accomplishing this goal because, even at a young age, their bodies are not naturally and easily responsive to the demands of ballet. Some students find that they need to use excessive, perpetually held force to hold and control positions, and this can result in various types of injuries. This chapter discusses aches and pains, treating injuries, and nutrition and eating disorders.

Keywords:   classical ballet, dance teaching, flexibility, aches, pain, injury, eating disorders

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