Physics and the Art of Dance Understanding Movement

ISBN-10: 0195341015

ISBN-13: 9780195341010

Edition: 2nd 2008

Authors: Kenneth Laws, Arleen Sugano

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Physics and the Art of Dance gives all who enjoy dance - whether as dancers, students, teachers, or fans - an opportunity to understand what happens when human bodies move in the remarkable ways we call dance. How, for instance, do dancers create the illusion of defying gravity? Or of starting to spin when in the air with no source of force to act on their bodies? You may observe some dancers using their arms in a way that allows some to jump higher than others. What is that technique, and why does it work? In this second edition, author Ken Laws - a physicist with years of professional dance training - teams with veteran dance instructor Arleen Sugano to provide new step-by-step experiments for dancers. "What you see" sections describe the way physical principles form the framework within which some movements exist. The complementary "What you do" sections allow dancers to experience how those physical analyses can provide them a more efficient means of learning how to carry out those movements. Throughout, the book shows how movements are first artistic expressions, and secondly movements of the body within the framework of easy-to-understand physical principles. 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.
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Book details

List price: $47.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/2/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 7.75" wide x 9.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.606
Language: English

Foreword
Preface
Introduction
Balance
Motions Without Turns
Pirouettes
Turns in the Air
The Pas de Deux
The Mechanics of Partnered Turns
The Mechanics of Lifts
The Effects of Body Size
A Step into the Future
Linear Mechanics and Newton's Laws
Rotational Mechanics
Anatomical Data for Dancers
Rotational Inertia for Some Body Configurations
Acceleration Away from Balance
Off-Balance Pirouettes
Arabesque Turn Analysis
Quantitative Analysis of the Grande Pirouette
Quantitative Analysis of the Fouette Turn
Quantitative Analysis of the Supported Fouette Turn
Lean, Don't Slip
Biomechanical Forces in a Dancer's Body
Glossary
Index
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