An Athlete's Posture: A Discussion of the Evolutionary Biomechanics and Neurobiology of Trunk Alignment in Dancers
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AbstractBipedalism has been discussed and disputed for as long as anthropology has existed. The question remains, however, why did bipedalism evolve? Anthropologists have been unable to find a definitive answer. In an attempt to answer this question, a dancer’s plasticity is discussed after Homo sapien evolution is briefly compared to a chimpanzee’s current body structure. It is argued that dance may have been the intermediary point for the shift from quadrupedalism to bipedalism due to the physical attractiveness of mating dances acting as selectors of mates and consequent genes, as well as the intellectual and emotional benefits of dance.
Degree ProgramHonors College