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Functional Awareness : Anatomy in Action for Dancers - Nancy Romita

Functional Awareness

Anatomy in Action for Dancers

Paperback Published: 10th November 2016
ISBN: 9780190498146
Number Of Pages: 104

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Functional Awareness: Anatomy in Action for Dancers is where anatomy meets artistry. Each chapter provides explorations in embodied anatomy in an engaging manner with the use of images, storytelling, and experiential exercises. It is an accessible introduction to the relationship between daily movement habits, dance training and anatomy. The information is founded on over 30,000 hours of experience teaching and training dancers to generate efficient exertion and appropriate recuperation. Functional Awareness: Anatomy in Action for Dancers employs somatic practices along with explorations in experiential anatomy to awaken the body-mind connection and improve movement function. The book applies the Functional Awareness® approach to improve dance technique and provide skills to enable the dancer to move with balance and grace in the classroom, on stage, and in daily life.

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"Functional Awareness: Anatomy in Action for Dancers offers a blend of anatomical information with an underlying theme of moving with ease in both dance and daily activities. A delightful, engaging resource for dancers and dance educators, this book invites the reader into each chapter with a story and presents pertinent information that is practical and immediately applicable."--Rebecca Nettl-Fiol, Professor of Dance, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign "With beautiful illustrations and photographs, reflective questions, suggestions for applications to dance and to everyday life, and with an emphasis on mindful practices, the book is lucid and accessible."--Karen Kohn Bradley, School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies, University of Maryland "As a dance instructor, I cannot wait until the book is released so that I can make this required reading for my students while referencing it for my own practice. Bravo!"--Linda-Denise Fisher-Harrell, Towson University

CONTENTS Homage Acknowledgments Introduction 1. Relationship of Habit to Dance Training 2. Skeletal Center of Gravity to Promote Easeful Balance: Moving out of Habit and into a Balanced Standing Posture 3. Anatomical and Kinesthetic Imagery: Impact of Thinking on Doing 4. Deep Muscles of Postural Support 5. Motions of the Trunk and Elegant Use of Spiral 6. The Pelvis as Conduit from Head to Feet 7. Ways of Walking: How Gait Affects Dance Training 8. Breath as the Deep Core Support for Dancing 9. Core Support 10. Expressivity of Arms 11. Recuperation and Restoring Balance Glossary of Terms in Human Anatomy Bibliography Further Readings Index

ISBN: 9780190498146
ISBN-10: 0190498145
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 104
Published: 10th November 2016
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 26.04 x 18.42  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.16

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