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Balance in Dance

A dancer's centre explained. 3hrs time valued on demand CPD | taught by Luke Hopper
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Course description

Dancers perform amazing feats of balance. These feats are achieved by working in accordance with the laws of physics. This course will introduce the concepts of the centre of mass, gravity, base of support and the ground reaction force in the context of a balancing dancer. The final chapter of the course concerns the applied concept of postural sway. By completing this course you will gain greater insight into the biomechanics of balance and the strategies that dancers use to maintain control of their bodies in balance movements. 

3 hrs time valued on demand CPD

Includes three months access.

Course aims

  • Introduce the fundamental physical aspects of balance for dancers
  • Consider where the centre of mass is located within a dancers' body
  • Discuss the interaction between the physical aspects of balance and how this results in postural sway

Learning outcomes

  • Assess the position of the centre of mass within a dancer's body and body segments
  • Consider how the base of support in dance movements interacts with the forces of balance
  • Understand the concept of postural sway as it relates to balance in dance
Luke Hopper
Luke Hopper
Founder, Dance Knowledge

Dr Luke Hopper is an Australian dance scientist with a research focus on the biomechanics of dancer performance and injury. Luke’s research has involved collaboration with major ballet companies in the Australia and the UK and has served on the board of directors of the International Association for Dance Medicine & Science and is the president of the Australian Society for Performing Arts Healthcare.


luke@danceknowledge.com

Course Curriculum

Balance in dance
05:43
Critical factors for balance in dance FREE
Balance in dance introductory quiz FREE
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The centre of mass
28:27
The basics FREE
Uniform mass FREE
Finding the centre of mass of body segments FREE
Whole body centre of mass FREE
Centre of mass quiz FREE
Centre of mass activity
Finding the centre
Grand jete` illusion FREE
Grand jete quiz
Summary
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Forces of balance
20:04
Gravity
Base of support
Ground reaction forces introduction
Forces of balance quiz
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Balance in dance summary
03:47
Summary
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Dynamic balance: Postural sway
12:07
Postural sway introduction
Postural sway biomechanics
David Winter's article on standing balance
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Reviews (11)

Leticia Izuzquiza

by Leticia Izuzquiza
I've found this course very interesting and very well explained! For me Balance is one of the most important task to learn in dance. So I do explain to my Students. Best regards

Clear and easy to follow

by Shona Cameron
Answered a couple of questions I had and reminded me of pointers various teachers had made. Now to put the work into action in School!

Notes

by Meritxell Paradell
I find it will be really useful to be able to go back to some of the videos on youtube just to review, revisit, refresh. However, I would have enjoyed a few writen notes at the end of the course, something I could go back to, as I would do with a book. Congrats for your online pedagogycal project. I wish you all the best and I hope I find some time to join again not too far! Warmest regards Meritxell Paradell
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Leticia Izuzquiza

by Leticia Izuzquiza
I've found this course very interesting and very well explained! For me Balance is one of the most important task to learn in dance. So I do explain to my Students. Best regards

Clear and easy to follow

by Shona Cameron
Answered a couple of questions I had and reminded me of pointers various teachers had made. Now to put the work into action in School!

Notes

by Meritxell Paradell
I find it will be really useful to be able to go back to some of the videos on youtube just to review, revisit, refresh. However, I would have enjoyed a few writen notes at the end of the course, something I could go back to, as I would do with a book. Congrats for your online pedagogycal project. I wish you all the best and I hope I find some time to join again not too far! Warmest regards Meritxell Paradell

Informative

by Anna Liza Suntay
As a teacher, the course gave me a better understanding of how I can help my students (and myself) achieve better and a more secure balance while moving through the floor. It takes practice, but knowing the role/law of physics in balance will help dancers progress faster.

by Juliana Cheah

by Corinna Janson

by JoAnne Suckow
The material in this course provides valuable insight into the concepts which take the trial and error out of balance technique in dance. The dancer gains scientifically based understanding of how to work with the body and forces which act on it in dance.

by Andrea Popp

by Kate Hopper

Balance and biomechanics

by Anna Schrefl
Very clearly and comprehensive explained. some repetitions in it. It would have been great to hear more about the torque motion (or maybe in the biomechanics basics).

Fascinating

by saskia tindle
This course really makes balance "real" as in it it is not just a talent- it is actually pure physics. It gave me so many ideas for teaching and dancing and had taken alot of myths away from the whole balance thing!