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
Watch Intro Video

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 http://cnx.org/contents/14fb4ad7-39a1-4eee-ab6e-3ef2482e3e22@6.27.

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 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

Intro
02:56
Introductory video FREE
Hide Content
Every muscle has in common
14:33
Macroscopic muscle FREE
Microscopic muscle FREE
Quiz FREE
Hide Content
Moving bones
16:17
Joints FREE
Joint degrees of freedom
Joint degrees of freedom (answers)
Muscles, joints and levers FREE
Ankle joint levers
Ankle joint levers (answers)
Quiz
Active and passive turnout
Further reading joint movement
Hide Content
What kind of muscle do you need?
14:06
Side by side or end to end?
Series and parallel activity
Off centre muscles!
Quiz
Hide Content
Summary
04:31
Making amazing dance movements
Muscle strength and the dancer
Hide Content

Reviews (10)

How dancers muscles work

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

by 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 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

by Anna Liza Suntay
Read more

How dancers muscles work

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

by 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 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

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