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Research in Dance and Physical Education - Vol. 1, No. 1, pp.29-35
ISSN: 2586-1034 (Online)
Print publication date 30 Jun 2017
Received 20 Apr 2017 Revised 26 May 2017 Accepted 09 Jun 2017

The Role of Exercise Physiology in Dance
Parshwa Mehta ; Soon-Mi Choi*
Midwestern State University, TX, USA

Correspondence to : *Department of Athletic Training & Exercise Physiology College of Health Sciences & Human Services Midwestern State University,


Dance is regarded as a not only art form with technical and expressive aspect but also sports form due to its high physiological capacity. Dance activity is frequently described as: complex, diverse, non-steady state, intermittent, of moderate to high intensity, and with not able differences between training and performance intensities and durations. It is important to understand the physiology of strain on the dancers since dance performance is regarded as a sports form as well as an art form. Therefore, it should be addressed that the presence of an underlying science foundation is an important pre requisite to successful and sustained dance performance. In addition, since dance science has been growing, it needs to be known and be taught to dancers how to improve their performance as well as how to ensure the appropriate preparation within their training. The field of exercise physiology encompasses knowledge about physical fitness, conditioning training methods, and injury prevention as well as energy systems.

Keywords: Dance science, Dance medicine, Dance physiology, and Dance physical fitness

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