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Dance 342: Kinesiology and Related Sciences for Dancers (Musil): Home

Study and analysis of the neuromusculoskeletal system in practical application to dance for more efficient use of the body and reduction of injuries.

Research Topics Paper, Original Study or Project

Students will do one of the following of their choice:

  1. Choose, research and write about a current topic related to Dance Science;
  2. Design a research study, collect, interpret and report data relating to a topic of interest related to Dance Kinesiology;
  3. Create a substantial, pre-approved project that applies significant principles of Dance Science in a creative or pedagogical way.

Students may work individually or in teams. If choosing to work as a team, each student will be equally responsible for the quality of the finished product (See assignment guidelines in packet).

Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  1. Identify actions and roles of specific joints and muscle groups while moving and stationary.
  2. Identify correct skeletal alignment, as well as incorrect alignment and skeletal deviations common to dancers.
  3. Identify chain reactions of skeletal misalignment, and muscular imbalances that commonly occur in the presence of a given misalignment.
  4. Identify individual differences in body structure and function, and outline specific strategies for working with those differences.
  5. Outline appropriate procedures to address bodily education/re-education through neurological, muscular and skeletal means.
  6. Demonstrate explicit knowledge in one self-selected dance and science related topic.

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