This research investigated how somatic training techniques impact injury rates of dancers through the choreographic process of modern dance composition. In seeking to find methods of decreasing a dancer’s risk for injury, I discovered the benefits of the Pilates method exercise system which utilizes somatic principles of concentration, centering, breathing, control, precision, flowing movement, isolation and routine. I applied these somatic theories through the form of weekly Pilates method classes, choosing exercises that benefit the dancers observed and analyzed in my study. The performance component to my research included choreographing a modern dance composition. Through the process of choreographing, I observed and analyzed the dancers in my study to identify how their awareness, alignment or pain levels changed as a result of the Pilates method instruction. The dancers noted increased awareness in their body mechanics, developing new ways of moving that decreased their amounts of pain. The dancers cultivated their internal energy utilized in Pilates which was demonstrated in their execution of exercises and components of the dance composition. Pilates increases the level of awareness in dancers through somatic training, leading to a decrease in their risk for injury.
Theatre and Dance
Witt, Maria C., ""Want to See Something Cool?" How Pilates Decreases the Risk for Injury during the Choreographic Process of a Modern Dance Composition" (2017). Senior Independent Study Theses. Paper 7733.
Dance | Movement and Mind-Body Therapies | Physical Therapy | Somatic Bodywork and Related Therapeutic Practices
somatic training, Pilates, modern dance, injury rate, awareness, mindfulness, choreography
Bachelor of Arts
Senior Independent Study Thesis
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