Hypermobility in dance: asset, not liability

Abstract

Opinions vary on whether joint hypermobility is an asset or liability in dance. This paper argues that it is an asset, the arguments for its being a liability often confounded by inadequate scoring systems inappropriately applied. The ambiguity and distress this presents to dancers, the several different causes of joint hypermobility and the separate needs of the many different diverse styles of dance are all discussed. A strategy for the future care and training of hypermobile dancers is proposed.

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Foley, E.C., Bird, H.A. Hypermobility in dance: asset, not liability. Clin Rheumatol 32, 455–461 (2013). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10067-013-2191-9

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Keywords

  • Dancers
  • Hypermobility
  • Joint laxity