## Saturday, March 7, 2015

### Science of Yoga, Pilates, & Ballet: Volume 4

A new volume of The Science of Yoga, Pilates, & Ballet: Data & Graphs for Science Lab has arrived! Volume 4 features brightly colored graphs depicting a variety of complex moves. Examples include a yoga sun salutation, Pilates splits, backbend, and inverted bicycle, and a series of ballet leaps (Glissade, Sauté, Soubresaut, Pas Assemblé, Pas de Chat, Sissonne Fermée, Royale, Grand Jeté, and Cabriole). The book also contains graphs showing ballet jumps with a variety of axes options, as well as comparison data from the motion of a ball flying through the air, falling, and bouncing on a carpet.

The two sample graphs below are excerpted from Volume 4:

Discussion Questions
1. What is the minimum and the maximum for each variable in these graphs?
2. Which leg rises into the air first?
3. How high is the jump?
4. How long is the person in the air?
5. Does either ankle ever rise higher than either knee?
6. Is this correct technique for glissade?
7. Draw a sketch of the person's movement at five (5) points during the move, to show what the move looks like to an audience. Use a stick figure.
8. Where should the arms be for the glissade? Draw the ideal position of the arms on each of your sketches from #7. Then, draw a graph showing the ideal movement of the arms. Use a separate graph for the right and left arms. Include Shoulder, elbow, and wrist in your graphs.