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.
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- 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
- 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
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.