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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Technical Tuesday Humerus

Technical Tuesday Humerus

The long bone located in the upper arm is the humerus. It connects the elbow to the shoulder, and because it attaches to the rotational joint of the shoulder, it provides the critical support necessary for the arm to function efficiently and create all those lovely shapes required in classical ballet. It also allows all those lifting movements male dancers employ when performing with a partner.

Like the femur, it is a long bone, and because of this, it is one of the most commonly fractured bones.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Ballet Secret #25k:  
“The humerus provides critical support for the functions of the arms.”

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