This online course will introduce students to the study of kinesiology in dance practice based on dance science research and studies of dance injury prevention in ballet, modern, contemporary and ballroom dance. The muscular and skeletal systems will be examined with a specific focus on scientific movement analysis and efficient function for the dancer. Students will learn how to observe and analyze movements common to the classical ballet and modern dance vocabularies, and how to identify muscle imbalances for corrective purposes. For example, the causes of ballet injuries in the foot and ankle might be explored in relationship to efficient technique. Current theories from disciplines like Pilates and Yoga about body alignment and movement re-patterning will be discussed with a focus on optimal execution of dance technique. Specific applications of the material to practice in dance technique classes will be examined. This course is based on a dance science degree course and will count towards partial fulfillment of your diploma in dance studies from the International Dance Council (IDC/CID). You will be required to read chapters from Sally Fitt’s Dance Kinesiology and Karen Clippinger’s Dance Anatomy and Kinesiology as well as watch videos and presentations.