What main body systems do you use for contemporary dance?

by Tsyana Young
(Houston,TX, USA)

What main body systems do you use for contemporary dance?

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Dec 06, 2011
Answer from Maria
by: Maria

Dear Tsyana,

It is very common to hear that the musculoskeletal system is the main body system used while dancing. That includes all types of dance and any kind of physical activity (visit our page for basic dance anatomy, in case you wish to see details about that body system).

That idea comes from the fact that it is the body system whose specific function is our mobility (the motor function). Though, when talking in terms of western anatomy, it is important to remember that we are organisms. This means that everything that makes up our bodies is interdependent and works because everything works together.

I tell you that because I believe that understanding the dancing body in anatomical terms can only help you with an incomplete idea of what it is or can be.

First of all, remember that it is not a body who dances; it is a person, a subject, a human being. The entire organism is used for dancing, because the musculoskeletal system can not work if the endocrine system, the nervous system or any other system does not work.

And further more, according to the type of dance, it can implicate feelings, thoughts or energetic activities that make use of your mind, spirit, energetic body or other entities defined by the different ways of understanding the body (western, eastern, ancient, contemporary and so forth).

I hope this is not very confusing, but if it is, please answer back in this same thread. I will be glad to follow the conversation.

Warm regards,


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