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Improving Dance Tenchnique Through Physics

Posted on October 22, 2012 by Alexis Schroeder

This year I decided to start up a project having to do with the physics of dance. In this project, I will be calculating the difference between the incorrect way of dance moves vs. the way we dance vs. the way physics calculates the moves. In order to do this project, I am using a video camera to record my dances moves. With these recordings, I will slow down my dance moves and calculate the three different ways the moves are done. I have chosen five different dance moves to be calculated; four different leaps, which are the right and left leaps, open seconds, switch leaps, and reverse leaps. Next I will be standing in four different ballet positions. These positions are first position, second position, fourth position and fifth position. I will then move up the body onto the arm, holding them in first, second, fourth and fifth as well. Going back down the body, I will be testing both left and right high kicks; front, side and back. With all of these moves to test, I will be looking at the muscle control as well. I'll start by doing the moves sloppy, moving onto they're natural way and then onto the new way calculated by physics. I hope that by doing the new way, done by physics, my technique in dance will improve to make me an overall better dancer.

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