DANC 4510, Kinesiology for Dancers

(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 Learning Outcomes
  1. Identify the primary tissues of the body and their functions.
  2. Identify joint movement terminology and body orientation terminology.
  3. Identify and locate all bones in the skeletal system and describe bone composition, structure, development, and growth..
  4. Identify and locate all muscles in the muscular system and describe skeletal muscle structure and function.
  5. Analyze the bones, bony landmarks, joint structure, muscles, and movements of the spine, pelvic girdle, hip joint, knee, ankle, foot, and upper extremity.
  6. Analyze the mechanics of the spine, pelvic girdle, hip joint, knee, ankle, foot, and upper extremity, specifically in regards to optimum efficiency.
  7. Examine common alignment deviations and injuries in dancers and investigate strategies to correct and prevent them.
  8. Construct conditioning exercises for major areas of the body as well as individually identified areas of need.