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Accelerometer based performance assessment of basic routines in classical ballet

  • Abstract Classical ballet requires dancers to exercise significant muscle control and strength both while stationary and when moving. Following the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) syllabus, 8 male and 27 female dancers (aged 20.2 + 1.9 yr) in a full-time university undergraduate dance training program were asked to stand in first position for 10 seconds and then perform 10 repeats of a demi-plié exercise to a counted rhythm. Accelerometer records from the wrist, sacrum, knee and ankle were compared with the numerical scores from a professional dance instructor. The sacrum mounted sensor detected lateral tilts of the torso in dances with lower scores (Spearman’s rank correlation coefficient r = -0.64, p < 0.005). The 5RMS6 acceleration amplitude of wrist mounted sensor was linearly correlated to the movement scores (Spearman’s rank correlation coefficient r = 0.63, p < 0.005). The application of sacrum and wrist mounted sensors for biofeedback during dance training is a realistic, low cost option.

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Document Type:Article
Author:David V. Thiel, Julian Quandt, Sarah J. L. Carter, Gene Moyle
Parent Title (English):Procedia Engineering
First Page:14
Last Page:19
Publishing Institution:Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg
Date of first publication:2014/06/19
Crown Copyright © 2014, open access under CC BY-NC-ND license
Tag:accelerometer; classical dance; demi-plié; first position; sway
Departments, institutes and facilities:Fachbereich Elektrotechnik, Maschinenbau, Technikjournalismus
Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC):6 Technik, Medizin, angewandte Wissenschaften / 62 Ingenieurwissenschaften / 620 Ingenieurwissenschaften und zugeordnete Tätigkeiten
7 Künste und Unterhaltung / 79 Sport, Spiele, Unterhaltung / 790 Freizeitgestaltung, darstellende Künste, Sport
Entry in this database:2015/04/02
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - CC BY-NC-ND - Namensnennung-Nicht kommerziell-Keine Bearbeitung 3.0