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.
- 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
- 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
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 is on the board of directors of the International Association for Dance Medicine & Science and the executive committee of the Australian Society for Performing Arts Healthcare.