In my book, “The Spark,” I mentioned Isaac Newton’s Third Law of Motion, which states:
“For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.”
In dance, we utilize force, which includes a push or pull motion. In this case, the object of such force is our immediate surroundings. When we direct energy externally, it is likely that the same energy returns to us. Our bodies internalize this energy when it bounces back, which we can use for our movement, provided we have the proper training.
RPM, or Principles of Movement, utilizes science in dance. By employing Sir Isaac Newton’s third law of motion, dancers become aware of how much energy they must exert on their environment to execute complex dance movements. They also expect the effects of the force they put into their actions, thus anticipating such movements that follow.
Techniques like the tombé, pas de bourrée, glissade, and grande jeté all require force. Still, dancers must utilize such force deliberately by exerting the right amount. When a person provides too much or too little force, this can make or break the dance move, which can either look too painful or sloppy.
Newton’s third law is one of many scientific principles mentioned in RPM. Ruth Petrinovic, who has worked closely with the founder, Jo Anna Kneeland, has included valid information on her findings on kinesthetics and how these principles can be applied practically. Considering how specific dances have been around for centuries, it’s a phenomenal breakthrough that should be applauded because it makes dancing accessible to anyone and everyone!
RPM helps dancers learn to control this force and the amount dancers put into it. Proper posture and energy utilization through kinesthetics and biomechanics allow dancers to execute one movement to the next flawlessly. When we scientifically understand our exercises and actions, we can also appreciate their practicality and how they can bring the best dancer out of us!
By applying Newton’s law to practical and efficient exercises, dancers and teachers alike will understand the intensity of their movements and the reason behind each activity. Additionally, master teachers who enroll in our RPM course will also be able to explain such principles to their students effortlessly, even to very young children!
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