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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Technical Tuesday Clavicle

Technical Tuesday Clavicle

Dancers are familiar with this pair of bones.  They are usually very visible on the upper chest and dancers are aware of preventing this area from slumping forward (rounding the shoulders) so the clavicles become less visible.

The clavicles, often referred to as the collar bones, form a kind of strut between the shoulder (the scapula) and the sternum.  The word clavicle comes from the Latin for “little key”, and this refers to the double curved shape of the bone.

A broken collar bone is not uncommon due to its prominent location. For dancers, a break usually occurs when the arms are extended out to break a fall and the force becomes transferred to the clavicles. 

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:
Ballet Secret #42n:  
“The clavicle has a double curve and is often called the collar bone.”

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