DANC 4510, Physics and Kinesiology for Dancers II (For Majors)

(4.0 Credits)

Course Description
A continuation of DANC 3510. This course is designed to study and analyze the interactions between the human body and the environment through dance movements by applying physical laws and principles, and the interactions that happen in the human body through dance movements involving bones, joints, and muscles to levers. This course provides a study of physics, anatomy, and kinesiology with a specific focus on muscular analysis of dance action. This course is taught through lecture, research and practicum based projects. Prerequisite: DANC 3510 or instructor permission.

Course Objectives

  1. Comprehensive understanding of the intrinsic relationship between dance and physics.
  2. Comprehensive understanding of the physics laws and principles applied to dance techniques.
  3. Comprehensive understanding of the scientific instructions derived from physics analysis.
  4. The ability to follow the scientific instructions to execute dance techniques.
  5. The ability to utilize knowledge of physics to learn dance techniques rationally, efficiently and proficiently, and preventing injuries.
  6. Comprehensive understanding of the bones, bony landmarks, joint structures, and movements of the spine, pelvic girdle, hip joint, knee/patellofemoral joint, ankle, foot, and upper extremity.
  7. Ability to describe individual muscles and their functions pertaining to the spine, pelvic girdle, hip joint, knee/patellofemoral joint, ankle, foot, and upper extremities.
  8. Comprehensive understanding of the mechanics of the spine, pelvic girdle, hip joint, knee/patellofemoral joint, ankle, foot, and upper extremity, specifically in regards to optimum efficiency.
  9. Ability to identify common alignment deviations and strategies to correct them.
  10. Awareness of prevalent injuries common in dancers as well as preventative measures to avoid such injuries.
  11. Comprehensive understanding of conditioning exercises for major areas of the body.
  12. Fundamental understanding of anatomical movement analyses.