Superhuman Ballerinas

CC Image from Flicker

CC Image from Flicker

By: Ariana F.

Ballet dancers are known for being able to whip out multiple pirouettes, land gracefully, and then easily sashay into a grande jeté, a high leap with one leg extended in front and one in back. Scientists want to know how ballerinas can withstand the fast rotations of a pirouette without becoming dizzy. Dancers use a technique called “spotting”, which involves concentrating on a certain point in space and then whipping your head around to meet it with each turn. However, scientists have found that “spotting”, though effective, is not the main factor keeping dancers on their toes. (Read more…)

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