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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Technical Tuesday Erector Spinae

Technical Tuesday Erector Spinae

As today’s Ballet Secret states: “The erector spinae are a group of muscles that straighten and rotate the back.” That definitely sounds like an important set of muscles for dancers!

The erector spinae consists of three lines, or columns, of muscles: the Iliocostalis, Longissimus, and Spinalis. Each of these muscles run parallel on each outer side of the spine and extend from the back of the skull down to the pelvis. Whew!

For dancers, this muscle group is important in port de bras forward, or whenever the dancer is bending at the waist. They provide resistance, allowing a graceful, controlled movement. They then act as extensors that aid in the return to an upright posture after the port de bras.

But there is so much more! For a full, detailed look at everything this important muscle group does, see today’s Link of the Day.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Ballet Secret # 89:
“The erector spinae are a group of muscles that straighten and rotate the back.”

Links of the Day:

Quote of the Day:
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