Ballet and modern dance are both art forms that require technique, artistry, grace and precision. Both dance forms require a degree of strength and muscular endurance for optimal performance. It is not known what value strength or plyometric training may have on functional dance performance.
To systematically review the effects of strength and/or plyometric training on functional dance performance in elite ballet and modern dancers.
A systematic review of literature indexed in the following databases: Medline, CINAHL, SportsDiscus, Physiotherapy Evidence Database (PEDro) and PubMed was conducted. The quality of the studies was graded using the PEDro Scale.
Eight studies satisfied the eligibility criteria and were included in this review. The studies' population age range was 19?27?years. Methodological scores based on the PEDro scale were 4 to 6 out of 10. All of the included studies (100%) scored 4 out of 10 or higher on the PEDro scale. Strength training resulted in significant improvements in jump height (P?
Moderate evidence indicates that supplementary strength training interventions via traditional resistance training or whole-body vibration methods and plyometric training interventions may increase certain dance-performance measures such as jump height and general aesthetic facility without changing certain anthropometric measures in elite ballet and modern dancers.
Physical Therapy Reviews
Girard, Joe; Koenig, Kristina; and Village, David, "The Effect of Strength and Plyometric Training on Functional Dance Performance in Elite Ballet and Modern Dancers" (2015). Faculty Publications. 54.