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How dancers' muscles work

How muscles allow dancers to move. 3 hrs time valued on demand CPD | taught by Dr Luke Hopper
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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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Dr Luke Hopper
Dr Luke Hopper
Founder, Dance Knowledge

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. He 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 PREVIEW
Course notes
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Every muscle has in common
14:33
Macroscopic muscle FREE PREVIEW
Microscopic muscle FREE PREVIEW
Quiz FREE PREVIEW
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Moving bones
16:17
Joints FREE PREVIEW
Joint degrees of freedom
Joint degrees of freedom (answers)
Muscles, joints and levers FREE PREVIEW
Ankle joint levers
Ankle joint levers (answers)
Quiz
Active and passive turnout
Further reading joint movement
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What kind of muscle do you need?
14:06
Side by side or end to end?
Series and parallel activity
Off centre muscles!
Quiz
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Summary
04:31
Making amazing dance movements
Muscle strength and the dancer
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Reviews (11)

by Rosemary Beagley

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
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by Rosemary Beagley

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

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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

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