Left/Right handed dancers??
Posted 09 October 2001 - 09:31 AM
Posted 09 October 2001 - 11:10 AM
I don't know about ballet, but I thought I'd throw in some skating tidbits since it's a bit similar.
Most skaters jump and spin counter-clockwise (to the left), and it seems to have little to do with right or left handedness. For instance, even though I jump CCW and land on my right foot, I am more comfortable spinning CCW on my left foot. Some skaters can spin in both directions, and a very few can jump in both directions.
I don't think that coaches try to force people to become "counter-clockwise", so the split between CW and CCW is natural.
Being clockwise is generally not an issue, though it's preferable for pairs teams to jump and spin in the same direction.
I would suspect that most dancers are CCW jumpers and spinners too, though because of chereography, they'd have to be equally competent in both directions. Otherwise it'd look pecuilar with dancers turning in opposite directions. Hmmm...could those dancers who don't make good corps dancers be the "lefties" or CW spinners/jumpers who have a hard time adjusting to "the norm".
So, I don't think being a righty or a lefty makes a difference in ballet or skating. It seems that those things that make a good skater/dancer-natural talent, etc-are independent of "handedness".
Posted 09 October 2001 - 02:00 PM
Posted 09 October 2001 - 02:01 PM
Posted 09 October 2001 - 07:21 PM
What is this scientific investigation for? Will it be published, is it a school project, or what?
Posted 09 October 2001 - 08:14 PM
Just a question: if you are dancing a solo/principal role, can you change the choreography ( ex. Petipa) to your prefered side or is it written in stone?
Posted 09 October 2001 - 08:35 PM
Posted 10 October 2001 - 09:36 AM
Posted 10 October 2001 - 07:05 PM
Another part of your research could be finding out which eye is dominant during spotting in a turn. Do piques across the floor with a patch over your left eye. Now do the same turns again with a patch over your right eye. Which is easier? (It will be different for different people.) :rolleyes:
Posted 10 October 2001 - 08:44 PM
I'm right-handed and better at doing most things to the right like turns, extensions and jumps. Although I am better at balancing on my left leg.
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