Effect of Visual Condition on Performance of Balance-Related Tasks in Elite Dance Students

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  • 1 Teachers College, Columbia University
  • 2 NYU Tisch School of the Arts
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The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of visual condition (low light, full light, and full light with mirror) on balance control and technical form during two technical dance movements in a group of elite collegiate dance students. Dancers demonstrated higher center of pressure velocity indicating lower control while performing a static dance task (parallel relevé retiré) and a dynamic dance task (fondu relevé en croix) under low light conditions than either lighted condition. Measures of Western ballet technique (pelvic obliquity, knee extension, and ankle plantar flexion) showed no decrement under low light conditions. No effect of concurrent mirror feedback was found on either center of pressure velocity or technical requirements of the dance tasks.

Coker and Kaminski are with the Department of Biobehavioral Sciences, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY, USA. Coker is also with the Department of Dance, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, New York, NY, USA.

Coker (eliz.coker@nyu.edu) is corresponding author.
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