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Research & Investigations in Sports Medicine

The Harmonious Interactions of the Dancer and the Body

  • Open or Close Brandon Monzon*

    Communications Generalist, University of Michigan, USA

    *Corresponding author: Brandon Monzon T, Communications Generalist, University of Michigan, USA

Submission: June 11, 2018;Published: June 15, 2018

DOI: 10.31031/RISM.2018.03.000563

ISSN: 2577-1914
Volume3 Issue3


How do dancers efficiently use motion in modern dance to create elegant movement with their instruments? Professor Bill DeYoung is exploring that question. Advances in kinesiology and movement research during the last half-century have enabled DeYoung to develop the Aesthetics of Balance Project (ABP). The goal is to help dancers become more aware of how the human instrument works by developing training tools that enable them to identify specific muscle connections to enhance technical performance. The ABP, which is funded by research grants from U-M’s Office of Research and SMTD, comprises two teams. One team is focusing on developing a wearable “inertial measurement unit” (IMU) that provides sound feedback to enable balance training tools for dancers. The other team is developing smart phone delivery of physical therapy exercises for dancers. DeYoung developed the ABP by partnering with physicians, physical therapists, biomechanical engineers, and cinematographers—along with SMTD dance faculty, alumni, and current students.

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