The Dancer's Body

by Gretchen Studlien-Webb

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The Dancer's Body

By Gretchen Studlien-Webb

Copyright © 2023

Subject: Dance

Keywords: Dance, Yoga, Pilates, Kinesiology, Somatic

About the Book

The Dancer’s Body e-text is a working manual that coordinates with West Chester University's course, DAN 210. The focus of The Dancer’s Body, with assistance of the corresponding e-text, is to aid each student in gaining an authentic and educated understanding of their own body and its potential for movement. As well as learning to accept and work within their personal limitations and discover how to safely improve physical capacity. The body science information presented in this text is intended to offer a broad overview, providing a working knowledge of the body to facilitate and extend the physical practice. Contents include chapters on yoga, Pilates, basic anatomy, as well as awareness of common dance injuries with an emphasis on care and prevention.


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Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1: Yoga
  • Chapter 2: Pilates
  • Chapter 3: Terminology
  • Chapter 4: Bones
  • Chapter 5: Kinesthetic Terms and Concepts
  • Chapter 6: Muscles
  • Chapter 7: Common Injuries, Injury Prevention and Care



  • Publication Year: 2023
  • Edition: Third

Recommended Citations

  • MLA: Studlien-Webb, Gretchen. The Dancer’s Body. Second, West Chester University, 2023.
  • APA: Studlien-Webb, G. (2023). The Dancer’s Body (Second). West Chester University.
  • Chicago: Studlien-Webb, Gretchen. The Dancer’s Body. Second. West Chester University, 2023. 


  • Copyright © 2023, Gretchen Studlien-Webb, West Chester University of Pennsylvania, All rights reserved.