Course Description

Dance movements are the result of muscles pulling on bones and causing joint motion. 

From the macroscopic to the microscopic to the functioning musculoskeletal system. 

This course describes the fundamental properties of skeletal muscles, their structure and function as they relate to dance. 

3 hours time valued on demand CPD. Includes three months access.

Course aims

  • Consider the macroscopic and microscopic, functional anatomy of muscle
  • Interpret the structure of joints and the influence on movement
  • Examine muscle force production and leverage about a joint

Learning outcomes

  • Understand of muscle macro and micro anatomy
  • Analyse body movements based on the structure of a joint and its muscles
  • Interpret the function of a muscle based on its macroscopic structure

Images in this course have been used from OpenStax, Anatomy & Physiology. OpenStax CNX. Jul 30, 2014 http://cnx.org/contents/14fb4ad7-39a1-4eee-ab6e-3ef2482e3e22@6.27.

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Founder, Dance Knowledge

Dr Luke Hopper

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.

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saskia tindle

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Andrea Popp

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JoAnne Suckow

The content of this course was fascinating, a complex subject area that was successfully explained in language readily understood.

The content of this course was fascinating, a complex subject area that was successfully explained in language readily understood.

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Emily Koschyk

Dear Luke, I have just completed the above course and definitely learnt a lot! I thought the summary at the end was a great idea - it really did bring ev...

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Dear Luke, I have just completed the above course and definitely learnt a lot! I thought the summary at the end was a great idea - it really did bring everything together particularly as I did not complete the course in one session but divided it up into two. I don't know how other teachers are going about the courses but I am tending to listen to the whole lecture without making notes and then replaying it - starting and stopping - to take notes and draw pictures! This is how I felt it worked best for me. I was wondering whether it would be an idea to provide a service for teachers to be able to ask questions or ask for clarifications after a course. Thanks, Best wishes Emily

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Edwin E. Vicente

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Fotini Fevri

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Rosemary Beagley

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Kate Hopper

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Anna Liza Suntay

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Paul Doyle

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Corinna Janson

it was a great a pleasure to study with that program!

it was a great a pleasure to study with that program!

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Carla Schembri

Great insight into how muscles work in connection to movement and dance!

Great insight into how muscles work in connection to movement and dance!

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How dancers muscles work

Rachel Diffey

Clearly explained and succinct. The labels of muscles and joint could be in a bigger font please, very hard to read.

Clearly explained and succinct. The labels of muscles and joint could be in a bigger font please, very hard to read.

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