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Relationship between age of onset of classical ballet practice, experience time and balance

Grant number: 17/26544-8
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): July 01, 2018
Effective date (End): April 30, 2019
Field of knowledge:Health Sciences - Physical Education
Principal Investigator:Karine Jacon Sarro
Grantee:Tatiana dos Santos Verza
Home Institution: Faculdade de Educação Física (FEF). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil


The practice of classical ballet involves the ability to maintain unstable vertical postures and perform complex movements on a small base of support. In this way this practice can promote an improvement in the balance and corporal control among its practitioners. However, since the balancing ability is largely developed in infancy, and that most ballet dancers begin ballet practice at this stage, the question arises: the improvement of ballet dancers is related to the time of experience or to the beginning of the ballet practice in childhood? In this sense, the objective of this study is to evaluate if there is a relationship between experience time, age of onset of classical ballet practice and balance in dancers. The analysis of the balance of 30 ballet dancers with different experience and starting age in the ballet will be performed in specific and non-specific ballet situations through static and dynamic posturography using a force plate. The balance will be characterized by the amplitude, area and velocity of anteroposterior and mid-lateral displacement of the center of pressure recorded in the force plate. Correlation and regression analysis tests will be used to verify the relationship between center of pressure data and practice time and age of onset in the ballet. The results are expected to reveal greater importance of the beginning of ballet practice in childhood to the balance improvement. (AU)