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Study of Body Posture in Latin Dance and Its Important Significance

We have all seen the beautiful and graceful ballet dancers. They have perfect posture and we sometimes look and feel like Quasimodo in Victor Hugo’s “The Hunchback of Notre-Dame.

”Poor posture contributes to lack of balance, therefore, more accidents happen, which can result in strained or torn muscles, ligaments or tendons or worse, broken bones. Poor posture also affects one’s self-esteem, and leads to a decrease in overall health. Remember our parents saying, “sit up straight”, “stop slouching” or “hold your shoulders back” ? Well… They were right.

What is “strong posture” ? Strong posture is the correct alignment of the body so that the bones and muscles can hold you upright, against gravity, with the least amount of energy. We often overtrain our bodies with bad postures, which ultimately leads to muscle tension, pain or soreness, even after completing simple activities. The poorest posture can result in injuries that could have been avoided. Don’t worry, because we can improve our posture.

Strong posture starts with self-awareness of your body. Start by looking at yourself in a full length mirror. Starting from the feet, your feet should be shoulder-width apart, your knees slightly bent, and your legs should be on your pelvis. Torso, which includes the shoulders, should be over your pelvis. Put your head flat on top of the torso and look forward. Think of a string attached to the top of your head and it is being pulled up to the ceiling.    


In this fast-developing era of the 21st century, the spread of culture is far beyond people’s imagination. Since it was introduced into China, Latin dance has developed rapidly and now entered colleges and universities as a novel major. The focus of the education of Latin dance has gradually turned from popularization to cultivating specialized Latin dancer. Professional physical colleges and dance schools have also established art departments or dance departments one after another to ensure more students to obtain corresponding qualifications through theoretical and practical learning professionally and systematically, and pursue the artistic temperament and enthusiasm brought by dance.

However, in the development process of modern Latin dance in China, there are some defects in universities’ Latin dance courses. It is especially important to understand the importance of body posture in Latin dance.

This paper introduces the requirements of five kinds of Latin dances on body posture. By using the methods of literature, induction and analysis, interview and investigation which are combined with the characteristics of Latin dance, this paper explores and analyzes body postures in Latin dance and their important significance. Then the practice methods of body postures in Latin dance and their influence on Latin dance practice in the future are obtained.

Read the full paper in the journal of Insight - Sports Science: