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Through an integrated approach to the study of anatomy, dance kinesiology, performance psychology and body conditioning students are introduced to strategies for systematically developing their movement potential. Goal setting, motivational strategies and mental skills practice are also used to facilitate optimal performance. Emphasis on structural, biomechanical and neuromuscular analyses of the body provides a basis for more efficient and effective approaches to dance technique training and to injury prevention. Students are introduced to benefits of ideo-kinetic and releasing principles to develop effective and efficient postural and dynamic alignment and a deep working knowledge of the body.
Intended learning outcomes
This subject will enable students to:
- develop an understanding of the structure, function and use of imagery in ideokinetic and releasing practices;
- demonstrate an understanding of the forces acting on the skeletal and myofascial systems;
- acquire core stabilisation and understand its relationship to the spine;
- demonstrate embodiment of the work of Dr. Lulu Sweigard and her 9 lines of movement;
- acquire a basic knowledge of Skinner Releasing Technique;
- develop the ability to make informed choices in training and rehabilitation.
- articulate the principles of safe dance practices;
- identify and describe the structure and function of the human skeletal system;
- identify and describe the structure and function of the human muscular system;
- define and discuss static and dynamic alignment related to dance;
- articulate the principles of good nutrition.
- learn and practice mental skills to enhance performance;
- articulate the principles of goal setting theory;
- identify, practice and maintain optimum arousal levels for class, rehearsal, audition and performance;
- use imagery to assist in conditioning, dance composition, technique, rehabilitation, personal preparation and confidence;
- articulate and demonstrate an understanding of cognitive restructuring techniques.
CONDITIONING WITH IMAGERY TRAINING
- acquire and demonstrate balanced skeletal alignment;
- address muscle imbalances and improve muscle function and acquire improved balance between strength and flexibility;
- maximise mechanical balance of the skeletal structure and improve whole body integration;
- improve neuro-muscular patterning, coordination and habitual movement patterns through improved whole body integration and connectedness;
- improve lumbo-pelvic stability and mobility;
- develop an understanding of outward rotation and demonstrate appropriate use of turnout.
On completing this subject students will be able to:
• synthesise conceptual ideas and other information of the human body;
• apply theory to practice;
• have a capacity for kinaesthetic awareness;
• communicate orally and in writing;
• evaluate information and solve problems.
Last updated: 3 November 2022