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Dance Kinesiology, Second Edition 2nd Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0028645070
ISBN-10: 0028645073
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Preface. SECTION 1: THE SCIENCE OF MOTION IN SUPPORT OF THE ART OF DANCE. 1. Domain of Dance Kinesiology. SECTION TWO: THE SKELETAL SYSTEM. 2. Overview of the Skeletal System. 3. Foot and Leg. 4. Pelvis and Spine. 5. Scapula and Humerus. 6. Radius, Ulna, and Hand. SECTION THREE: THE MUSCULAR SYSTEM. 7. Overview of the Muscular System. 8. Muscles of the Toes, the Tarsus, and the Ankle. 9. Muscles of the Knee and Hip. 10. Muscles of the Torso and the Neck. 11. Muscles of the Scapula and the Shoulder. 12. Muscles of the Elbow, Radio-Ulnar Joints, Wrist, and Hand. 13. Misalignments and Muscular Imbalances Common in Dance. SECTION FOUR: PHYSIOLOGICAL CONSIDERATIONS FOR DANCERS. 14. Physiological Support Systems. 15. Body Types. 16. Movement Behavior. SECTION FIVE: WELLNESS FOR DANCERS. 17. Somatics, Relaxation, and Efficiency. 18. Prevention of Dance Injuries. 19. Conditioning for Dancers. 20. Weight Management. SECTION SIX: CONCLUSION AND APPLICATIONS. 21. Enhancing Performance. 22. Applications of Dance Kinesiology. References. Contributors to the Second Edition. Index.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 504 pages
  • Publisher: Schirmer/Thomson Learning; 2nd edition (October 23, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0028645073
  • ISBN-13: 978-0028645070
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7.3 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,379 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr. Fitt's book fills an important gap in the education of all dancers. Anatomical knowledge is of crucial importance to dancers and this book qualifies as both a basic reference for beginners and as an important resource for intermediate/advanced students of the body. It is easy to read but is not lacking in depth. My only complaint (about the first edition) is that all of her dancers are headless (there is no chapter on the head - Alexander would roll over in his grave!). This minor oversight should in no way take away from the monumental acheivement of this most excellent book
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This book (in the second edition) is a fantastic resource for dancers, dance teachers, Pilates instructors, and physical therapists in training. It covers a lot of functional anatomy as it relates to dance. The first 2/3 of the book are devoted to anatomy. The last 1/3 is devoted to articles on various topics related to dancer health and conditioning.
There is an excellent article on Pectoralis Minor Syndrome - a condition that I have not seen addressed in other texts outside the physical therapy arena.
The chapter on Somatics, Relaxation, and Efficiency is very useful, with the exception of the article on Pilates, which reads like advertising copy for the Pilates Studio in NY. Mary Bond writes the article on Rolfing which is an excellent article for introducing Rolfing to people who may not have been exposed to the method before.
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I have read a few dance kinesiology texts. I ENJOY reading Sally Fitts book - it is on my nightstand and I LOOK FORWARD to reading a few more pages each night. I look for breadth of exposure in an introductory kinesiology text, and Fitt's text has been outstanding in this regard. More depth from other sources is necessary for depth of understanding in many areas, but this is a remarkable (perhaps my favorite) introduction to the subject material.
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This book is a great resource for dancers and physical therapists alike. The concepts are presented in a clear and concise manner and the chapters include useful exercises to help make the material stick. The book also includes exercises and health plans for common dance and athletic ailments which is useful for readers! This is a textbook that is valuable for taking care of yourself, learning about kinesiology in general and as it relates specifically to the dancer, and supplements your research and papers as a source. This is a textbook to keep well after your course and would be an excellent teaching tool.
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