DIS-TANZ DIARY #1

Jan 02, 2021 in DIS-TANZ-SOLO

It’s a new year and I’m jumping straight into my DIS-TANZEN research project “Sports science as a tool for movement optimisation, injury prevention & performance enhancement in the work practice of contemporary dancers”.

One of the first things I’m going to do is read, read, read, read, read. I collected a heap of books and texts covering anatomy, physiology, neuroscience, physics, imagery, and more. Some of these I will re-read to get a deeper understanding, others I will read for the first time. Some are designed to pretty straight forward provide facts and figures, like STRENGTH TRAINING ANATOMY by Frédéric Delavier or the German publication SPORTPHYSIOLOGIE by Horst de Marées. Others are meant to help me integrate my findings into my work practice as a dancer and teacher, like FREE PLAY – IMPROVISATION IN LIFE AND ART by Stephen Nachmanovitch.

I might update this reading list or feature some of the publications in more detail at a later point but I’m already sharing my selection with you now in case you are curious about the topic and you wanna study with me. Let’s go:

Cover ACTION OBSERVATION AND ACQUIRED MOTOR SKILLS: AN FMRI STUDY WITH EXPERT DANCERS by Beatriz Calvo-Merino, Daniel E. Glaser, Julie Grèzes, Richard E. Passingham & Patrick Haggard

ACTION OBSERVATION AND ACQUIRED MOTOR SKILLS: AN FMRI STUDY WITH EXPERT DANCERS by Beatriz Calvo-Merino, Daniel E. Glaser, Julie Grèzes, Richard E. Passingham & Patrick Haggard
(Cerebral Cortex 15 / Oxford University Press)

When we observe someone performing an action, do our brains simulate making that action? Acquired motor skills offer a unique way to test this question, since people differ widely in the actions they have learned to perform. We used functional magnetic resonance imaging to study differences in brain activity between watching an action that one has learned to do and an action that one has not, in order to assess whether the brain processes of action observation are modulated by the expertise and motor repertoire of the observer.

Cover ANATOMY OF MOVEMENT by Blandine Calais-Germain

ANATOMY OF MOVEMENT by Blandine Calais-Germain
(Eastland Press Inc.)

Anatomy of Movement presents a dynamic, integrated approach to the study of the physical structures of the musculoskeletal system and their functional relationship to the movements of the human body. The emphasis is on basic human anatomy as it relates to external body movement. In clear and concise text illustrated with more than a thousand graphic drawings, the author takes the reader on a lively tour of the muscles, bones, ligaments and joints of the arms, legs and trunk.

Cover DANCE SCIENCE AND THE DANCE TECHNIQUE CLASS by Donna Krasnow & Steven J. Chatfield

DANCE SCIENCE AND THE DANCE TECHNIQUE CLASS by Donna Krasnow & Steven J. Chatfield
(Impulse 4)

This article examines methods of improving the dance technique class by applying principles from the dance sciences. A brief history of the development of dance science as a field separate from sport science is included. The text focuses on the areas of exercise physiology, dance psychology, and motor control and motor learning. The paper explores practical applications for the dance educator. The main purpose of these suggestions is to enhance the dance technique class without essentially altering the primary structure and artistic goals of the class.

Cover DANCE SCIENCE: SCIENTIFIC INVESTIGATIONS INTO THE EFFECT OF DANCE SPECIFIC FITNESS TRAINING AND ITS IMPACT UPON PEDAGOGIC PRACTICES AND DANCE PERFORMANCE by Emma Redding, Sarah Irvine, Edel Quin & Sonia Rafferty

DANCE SCIENCE: SCIENTIFIC INVESTIGATIONS INTO THE EFFECT OF DANCE SPECIFIC FITNESS TRAINING AND ITS IMPACT UPON PEDAGOGIC PRACTICES AND DANCE PERFORMANCE by Emma Redding, Sarah Irvine, Edel Quin & Sonia Rafferty
(International Symposium on Performance Science 2009 / European Association of Conservatoires)

Dance training has developed eclectically to serve the different approaches to dance performance and making; however, there is a discrepancy between the physiological demands of training and dance performance. The purpose of this study was to examine the effect of a one-year dance specific fitness program on undergraduate contempo- rary dance students undertaking full-time vocational training and to ob- serve any impact the findings may make upon dance pedagogic practices.

Cover DYNAMIC ALIGNMENT THROUGH IMAGERY by Eric Franklin

DYNAMIC ALIGNMENT THROUGH IMAGERY by Eric Franklin
(Human Kinetics)

Dynamic Alignment Through Imagery will help you experience the biomechanical and anatomical principles that are crucial to dancers, other performing artists, yoga and Pilates teachers and practitioners, and athletes. The techniques and exercises presented in the book will guide you in improving your posture—and they will positively affect your thoughts and attitude about yourself and others and help you feel and move better both mentally and physically.

Cover FREE PLAY – IMPROVISATION IN LIFE AND ART by Stephen Nachmanovitch

FREE PLAY – IMPROVISATION IN LIFE AND ART by Stephen Nachmanovitch
(TarcherPerigee)

Free Play is about the inner sources of spontaneous creation. It is about where art in the widest sense comes from. It is about why we create and what we learn when we do. It is about the flow of unhindered creative energy: the joy of making art in all its varied forms. Free Play is directed toward people in any field who want to contact, honor, and strengthen their own creative powers. It integrates material from a wide variety of sources among the arts, sciences, and spiritual traditions of humanity.

Cover THE IADMS BULLETIN FOR DANCERS AND TEACHERS

THE IADMS BULLETIN FOR DANCERS AND TEACHERS
(International Association for Dance Medicine & Science)

The IADMS Bulletin for Dancers and Teachers is a peer-reviewed resource that seeks to solve problems and formulate informed practices in dance education, training, and performance through the practical application and use of dance medicine and science theory and research. The Bulletin addresses issues of concern to educators of amateur, pre-professional or professional dancers across all age groups.

Cover INTEGRATING SOMATICS AND SCIENCE by Glenna Batson, Edel Quinn & Margaret Wilson

INTEGRATING SOMATICS AND SCIENCE by Glenna Batson, Edel Quinn & Margaret Wilson
(Journal of Dance & Somatic Practices, Volume 3 Numbers 1 and 2)

After four decades of exploring various avenues of exchange, dance science and somatic education (somatics) face new challenges in integrating theory with prac- tice. In earlier decades of interchange, these challenges largely revolved around finding compatibility between the somatic personal narrative and the positivist models prevalent in science. Today human movement science embraces phenomenology, neurophysiology and cognitive science, providing models for embodied learning. These fields of study have forged new pathways for dialogue and have offered new paradigms through which we can revisit and reimage long- held beliefs bearing on somatics and science in dance training.

Cover NEUROAESTHETICS AND BEYOND: NEW HORIZONS IN APPLYING THE SCIENCE OF THE BRAIN TO THE ART OF DANCE by Emily S. Cross & Luca F. Ticini

NEUROAESTHETICS AND BEYOND: NEW HORIZONS IN APPLYING THE SCIENCE OF THE BRAIN TO THE ART OF DANCE by Emily S. Cross & Luca F. Ticini
(Phenomenology and the cognitive sciences, Volume 11, Issue 1, March 2012)

In the present paper, we discuss how recent advances in neuroscientific methods provide the tools to advance our understanding of not only the cerebral phenomena associated with dance learning and observation but also the neural underpinnings of aesthetic appreciation associated with watching dance. We suggest that future work within the fields of dance neuroscience and neuroaesthetics have the potential to provide mutual benefits to both the scientific and artistic communities.

Cover PHYSICS AND DANCE by Emily Coates & Sarah Demers

PHYSICS AND DANCE by Emily Coates & Sarah Demers
(Yale University Press)

From stepping out of our beds each morning to admiring the stars at night, we live in a world of motion, energy, space, and time. How do we understand the phenomena that shape our experience? How do we make sense of our physical realities? Two guides – a former member of New York City Ballet, Emily Coates, and a CERN particle physicist, Sarah Demers – show us how their respective disciplines can help us to understand both the quotidian and the deepest questions about the universe.

Cover PHYSICS AND THE ART OF DANCE by Kenneth Laws

PHYSICS AND THE ART OF DANCE by Kenneth Laws
(Oxford University Press)

Physics and the Art of Dance gives all who enjoy dance an opportunity to understand what happens when human bodies move in the remarkable ways we call dance. Dancers and dance instructors will find in this book an efficient means of improving technical proficiency and growing professional and aesthetic development. For physics and science teachers, the book provides a new and compelling way to draw people into the world of science. And observers and fans of dance will marvel over the beautiful time-stop photography by renowned dance photographers Martha Swope and Gene Schiavone.

Cover PREVENTING DANCE INJURIES: AN INTERDISCIPLINARY PERSPECTIVE by Ruth Solomon, John Solomon, Sandra Cerny Minton

PREVENTING DANCE INJURIES: AN INTERDISCIPLINARY PERSPECTIVE by Ruth Solomon, John Solomon, Sandra Cerny Minton
(Princeton Book Company / Human Kinetics)

Preventing Dance Injuries contains comprehensive coverage of dance injuries, including screening, prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation. Preventing Dance Injuries will help dancers avoid injury and increase their chances for reaching their full potential.

Cover SCIENCE OF DANCE TRAINING by Priscilla M. Clarkson & Margaret Skrinar

SCIENCE OF DANCE TRAINING by Priscilla M. Clarkson & Margaret Skrinar
(Human Kinetics)

This text thoroughly reviews and integrates the published research on dance training into practical guidelines for dancers and their teachers. Based on the latest findings and current theories, the text will help teachers provide safer, more efficient, and more effective training for dancers.

Cover SOMATIC AUTHORITY AND THE MYTH OF THE IDEAL BODY IN DANCE EDUCATION by Jill Green

SOMATIC AUTHORITY AND THE MYTH OF THE IDEAL BODY IN DANCE EDUCATION by Jill Green
(Dance Research Journal 31/2, Fall 1999)

The purpose of this project was to investigate how the bodies of participant student teachers in dance are socially inscribed in relationship to gender. In this study, somatic practice was used as a tool to investigate body perceptions and experiences of undergraduate dance education majors. The five participants took part in a somatics/creativity project within a university-level instruc- tional setting at a state university in the south. This teaching and research project explored how these body perceptions have been influenced by society and the dance world.

Cover SPORTANATOMIE von Jürgen Weineck

SPORTANATOMIE von Jürgen Weineck   GERMAN ONLY
(Spitta GmbH)

Der in zahlreiche Sprachen übersetzte Klassiker Sportanatomie von Jürgen Weineck ist das Standardwerk zur funktionellen Anatomie für die Sportlehrer- und Trainerausbildung. Das Buch ermöglicht durch seine systematische Darstellungsweise und eine für den anatomischen Laien verständliche Sprache auch jenen den Zugang zu dieser Thematik, die bisher an den Schwierigkeiten der Fachsprache scheiterten. Der klar strukturierte Aufbau des Buches erleichtert das Erfassen der komplexen, funktionell-anatomischen Abläufe bei der Sportausübung.

Cover SPORTPHYSIOLOGIE von Horst de Marées

SPORTPHYSIOLOGIE von Horst de Marées   GERMAN ONLY
(Sportverlag Strauß) 

Der Lehrbuch-Klassiker seit 1974 für Sport- und Medizinstudenten, Sportlehrer, Trainer, Übungsleiter, Sporttreibende und Schüler der Sekundarstufe II. Das Buch wurde 2003 vollständig überarbeitet, erweitert und auf den aktuellen Stand gebracht. Dabei blieb die ursprüngliche Intention von Horst de Marées gewahrt, die komplexe sportphysiologische Thematik in verständlicher, aber zugleich anspruchsvoller Form zu vermitteln.

Cover STRENGTH TRAINING ANATOMY by Frédéric Delavier

STRENGTH TRAINING ANATOMY by Frédéric Delavier
(Human Kinetics)

Many books explain what muscles are used during exercise, but no other resource brings the anatomy to life like Strength Training Anatomy. Like having an X-ray for each exercise, the anatomical depictions show both superficial and deep layers and detail how various setup positions affect muscle recruitment and emphasize underlying structures.

Cover TANZMEDIZIN: ANATOMISCHE GRUNDLAGEN UND GESUNDE BEWEGUNG von Josef Huwyler

TANZMEDIZIN: ANATOMISCHE GRUNDLAGEN UND GESUNDE BEWEGUNG von Josef Huwyler   GERMAN ONLY
(Verlag Hans Huber)

Dieses grundlegende Lehrbuch der Anatomie und Sportmedizin ist aus der jahrzehntelangen Arbeit des Autors mit Tänzern hervorgegangen. Es vermittelt Tanzpädagogen, professionellen Tänzern und Tanzschülern praktisch nutzbare Kenntnisse über ihren Körper, die direkten Bezug zu ihrer Arbeit haben. Der verständliche und ausführliche Text wird durch zahlreiche Abbildungen veranschaulicht. Das Buch dient auch dem Arzt als Leitfaden für seine Lehrtätigkeit an Ballettschulen. Ein umfangreiches Literaturverzeichnis bietet die Möglichkeit zu weiteren Informationen.

Cover THE DANCER AS A PERFORMING ATHLETE: PHYSIOLOGICAL CONSIDERATIONS by Yiannis Koutedakis & Athanasios Jamurtas

THE DANCER AS A PERFORMING ATHLETE: PHYSIOLOGICAL CONSIDERATIONS by Yiannis Koutedakis & Athanasios Jamurtas
(Sports Medicine Volume 34, August 2004 Issue 10)

The physical demands placed on dancers from current choreography and performance schedules make their physiology and fitness just as important as skill development. However, even at the height of their professional careers, dancers’ aerobic power, muscular strength, muscular balance, bone and joint integrity are the ‘Achilles heels’ of the dance-only selection and training system. This partly reflects the unfounded view, shared by sections of the dance world, that any exercise training that is not directly related to dance would diminish dancers’ aesthetic appearances.

Cover THE INTERPLAY OF KNOWLEDGE AND PRACTICE IN DANCE TRAINING: WHAT WE CAN LEARN FROM A NON-TRADITIONAL DANCE TEACHER by Sylvie Fortini & Daryl Siedentop

THE INTERPLAY OF KNOWLEDGE AND PRACTICE IN DANCE TRAINING: WHAT WE CAN LEARN FROM A NON-TRADITIONAL DANCE TEACHER by Sylvie Fortini & Daryl Siedentop
(Dance Research Journal 27/2, Fall 1995)

Teachers need to transform their knowledge of subject matter into teaching that fosters students’ learning. In the knowledge base paradigm, teacher competency is tied not so much to what the teacher knows per se, but to how the teacher uses this knowledge in class instruction. The purpose of this study was to examine, through a single case study, not only the way a dance teacher thinks about the teaching of modern dance, but also that teacher’s actual teaching practice.

Cover THE NEUROCOGNITION OF DANCE – MIND, MOVEMENT AND MOTOR SKILLS by Bettina Bläsing, Martin Puttke, Thomas Schack

THE NEUROCOGNITION OF DANCE – MIND, MOVEMENT AND MOTOR SKILLS by Bettina Bläsing, Martin Puttke, Thomas Schack
(Routledge)

Dance has always been an important aspect of all human cultures, and the study of human movement and action has become a topic of increasing relevance over the last decade, bringing dance into the focus of the cognitive sciences. This book discusses the wide range of interrelations between body postures and body movements as conceptualised in dance with perception, mental processing and action planning.

Gefördert durch die Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien im Programm NEUSTART KULTUR, Hilfsprogramm DIS-TANZEN des Dachverband Tanz Deutschland.

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