How dancers' muscles work | Dance Knowledge

How dancers' muscles work

How muscles allow dancers to move. 3 hrs time valued on demand CPD | taught by Luke Hopper
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Course description

All dance movements are produced as a result of muscles pulling on bones 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. The muscles and joints of the body come in all manner of shapes and sizes. This course will describe how this variety of structure directly influences the movements that are produced in the different regions of a dancer's body. 

3 hours time valued on demand CPD

Includes three months access

Completing the 'What is biomechanics?' course is strongly recommended before completing this course.

Images in this course have been used from OpenStax, Anatomy & Physiology. OpenStax CNX. Jul 30, 2014

Course aims

  • Consider the functional anatomy of muscle from a macroscopic and microscopic perspective
  • Interpret the structure of joints and how this influences the types of movement possible in the body
  • Examine how a muscle structure influences force production and leverage about a joint

Learning outcomes

  • Gain an in depth understanding of muscle anatomy both macro and microscopically
  • Analyse body movements based on the structure of a joint and its muscles
  • Interpret the function of a muscle based on its macroscopic structure
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 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.

Course Curriculum

Introductory video FREE
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Every muscle has in common
Macroscopic muscle FREE
Microscopic muscle FREE
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Moving bones
Joints FREE
Joint degrees of freedom
Joint degrees of freedom (answers)
Muscles, joints and levers FREE
Ankle joint levers
Ankle joint levers (answers)
Active and passive turnout
Further reading joint movement
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What kind of muscle do you need?
Side by side or end to end?
Series and parallel activity
Off centre muscles!
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Making amazing dance movements
Muscle strength and the dancer
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Reviews (8)

by Anna Liza Suntay

by Paul Doyle

by Corinna Janson
it was a great a pleasure to study with that program!
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by Anna Liza Suntay

by Paul Doyle

by Corinna Janson
it was a great a pleasure to study with that program!

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

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

by Andrea Popp

by Kate Hopper

by saskia tindle