Accelerometer based performance assessment of basic routines in classical ballet

Thiel, David V., Quandt, Julian, Carter, Sarah J.L., & Moyle, Gene Margaret (2014) Accelerometer based performance assessment of basic routines in classical ballet. In James, David & Choppin, Simon (Eds.) Procedia Engineering, Elsevier, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, UK, pp. 14-19.

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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 fulltime 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 RMS 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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ID Code: 72955
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Accelerometer, Classical Dance, Demi-plie, First Position, Sway
DOI: 10.1016/j.proeng.2014.06.006
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > PERFORMING ARTS AND CREATIVE WRITING (190400)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > PERFORMING ARTS AND CREATIVE WRITING (190400) > Dance (190403)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Current > Schools > School of Media, Entertainment & Creative Arts
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 Elsevier
Copyright Statement: This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license
Deposited On: 22 Jun 2014 23:03
Last Modified: 30 Jul 2014 04:33

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