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Winner of: Certificate of Merit, Association of Medical Illustrators
Rather than focusing on dance injuries, this book takes a positive approach showing what a dancer can do to dance better, which, in turn, will decrease injury rates. It presents human anatomy and motion in a functional, dance-specific way that teaches the readers to appreciate and take ownership of their bodies through a tour of the musculoskeletal system and movement analysis. The book is divided into three parts. Part one, Anatomy, describes the specific characteristics that affect motion at each individual joint, demonstrated by a variety of hands-on activities for readers to perform. Part two, Movement Analysis, discusses muscles that produce movement and introduces readers to a system of movement analysis. Part three, Conditioning, provides a practical, integrative approach to exercise for enhanced performance. The written material is accompanied by anatomical line drawings commissioned for the book, photographs, and an assortment of experiential activities specifically designed for dancers.
About the Author
Gayanne Grossman taught modern dance technique for 22 years and has provided dance-specific physical therapy for 26 years. She holds a BFA in dance, a BS in physical therapy from the Univesity of Utah, and an EdM in dance education from Temple University. She is the director of dance wellness, resident physical therapist, and an instructor of anatomy, kinesiology, and dance conditioning for the department of theatre and dance at Muhlenberg College. She has served on the board of directors of the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS) and the Performing Arts Special Interest Group of the American Physical Therapy Association. She lives in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
"Dance Science is interesting, pragmatic, and reflective of current knowledge within the fields of dance anatomy and kinesiology. Teachers and students will find it a useful guide with practical approaches." —Denise Puirvis, MFA, Journal of Dance Education
"A spectacular contribution to the field! Filled with wonderful imagery and clear examples, it is a "must read" for dance teachers everywhere and a highly accessible text for students." —Jane Baas, Associate Dean, Department of Dance, Western Michigan University
"Ideally suited for college-aged dancers, but an invaluable resource for older dancers and dance teachers as well. The practical and experiential activities alone make this book an invaluable part of any dancer or dance teacher's library." —Margaret Wilson, Associate Professor, Theater and Dance, University of Wyoming
"Written for dancers by a dance physical therapist and teacher who trained as a dancer. Readers will find the skills it teaches and the advice it offers relevant, helpful, and easy to use." —Tom Welsh, Dance faculty, Florida State University
"Grossman's book presents facts and information, but also shows considerable sensitivity to themes of 'ownership,' 'mindfulness,' and 'empowerment.' It has engaging evidenced-based narrative, clearly written experiential activities, and challenging problem-solving exercises. This is the kind of book I can see on everyone's shelf." —Gigi Berardi, Journal of Dance Medicine and Science
"Dance Science: Anatomy: Movement Analysis, Conditioning is a brilliant, logically presented dancer's self improvement manual. For the dedicated dancer or determined advanced student there is real gold to be mined in these pages." —Nancy Lorraine, Midwest Book Review