Dance Anatomy and Kinesiology

◊ Description

This text provides anatomical and biomechanical principles to help optimize dance performance and reduce injury risk. Chapters present the primary bones, muscles, joints, alignment deviations, mechanics, and injuries for the primary regions of the body. They also provide strength and flexibility exercises to help improve technique and prevent injury. And they contain many practical exercises and examples to help apply the principles to your body. Although some of the examples are dance-specific, a majority of the material is relevant to anyone wanting to understand more about human anatomy and movement. The applied nature of this text and its visually rich presentation make it a valuable reference for Pilates, yoga and fitness instructors, as well as dancers.

◊ Selected Review Excerpts for the First Edition

“ Karen Clippinger's Dance Anatomy and Kinesiology, is most likely to become the definitive textbook in dance anatomy, kinesiology, and conditioning classes in colleges and universities in the United States. In 20 years of reviewing dance science books, rarely have I seen one so comprehensive, accurate, detailed - and practical. I emphasize the latter because here is a book that is loaded with practical applications for dance; thus, Dance Anatomy and Kinesiology virtually reads as both science text and dance handbook.”
Gigi Berardi – Journal of Dance Medicine and Science Vol 11(2) 2007

“This book really is a must for any dance teacher who is serious about helping their students!”
Amy Bloor – Australia Dance Teacher Magazine May-June 2007

“Karen Clippinger’s anticipated Dance Anatomy and Kinesiolgy imparts a formidable boost to the existing body of literature in dance science, contributing in my opinion, the most substantive dance science resource to date…….Clippinger’s text is a must-have for every dance professional’s library. It offers a plethora of practical wisdom and information, an essential reference tool for dancers, dance educators, somatic practitioners and dance science specialists.” Book Reviews - Journal of Dance Education Vol 8 (4) 2008

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Pilates Anatomy

◊ Product Description from Human Kinetics:

This is Pilates as you’ve never seen it before.

With detailed descriptions, step-by-step instruction, and stunning full-color anatomical illustrations, Pilates Anatomy takes you inside the exercises and programs that will tone the body, stabilize the core, improve balance, and increase flexibility.

Using the original mat work of Joseph Pilates, you’ll see how key muscles are used, how variations and minor adjustments can influence effectiveness, and how breathing, alignment, posture, and movement are all fundamentally linked.

Choosing from over 45 exercises, you can target a particular body region and delve deeper to stretch, strengthen, and finely coordinate specific muscles. You’ll also find techniques for breathing, concentration, and self-awareness for a unique exercise experience that enhances your mind and your body.

Whether you are just beginning to explore the beauty and benefits of Pilates or have been practicing for years, Pilates Anatomy is a one-of-a-kind resource that you’ll refer to again and again.

◊ Contents

Chapter 1. Six Key Principles of Pilates
Chapter 2. Spine, Core, and Body Alignment
Chapter 3. Muscles, Movement Analysis, and Mat Work
Chapter 4. Foundation for a Mat Session
Chapter 5. Abdominal Work for Movement and Stabilization
Chapter 6. Fine Articulation for a Flexible Spine
Chapter 7. Bridging for a Functional Spine
Chapter 8. Side Exercises for an Effective Core
Chapter 9. Extensions for a Strong Back
Chapter 10. Customizing Your Pilates Program

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