Core Exploration/Axial Core Phrase with Jaclyn

Core Exploration/Axial Core Phrase with Jaclyn

by Jaclyn Brown

This is a brief kinesiology lesson on some of the muscles of the core that are primary initiators in dance. Please learn the phrase at the end and follow along! Jaclyn has written some reflection questions for you at the bottom of the page.

Our objectives are…

  • To understand the core muscles (transverse abdominis, internal/external obliques, rectus abdominis, and erector spinae) and their function in movement.
  • To recognize the use of these muscles while observing Martha Graham movement
  • 3- To apply new knowledge of the core on your own body, using a simple movement phrase.

Click HERE to review the Martha Graham movement Jaclyn was talking about in her video.

The music Jaclyn used is Post Show Music Party by Michael Wall. You can find it on Apple Music HERE or on Spotify HERE.

Reflection Questions:

  • How can engaging your core support your dancing?
  • What is the function of the internal and external obliques?
  • What is an action in dance that uses the erector spinae?

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Jaclyn (Jackie) Brown is originally from Roosevelt, UT. She graduated cum laude from Utah Valley University with a BFA in Modern Dance Performance. During her time at UVU, Jaclyn worked extensively with Repertory Dance Theatre alum Angela Banchero-Kelleher. Upon graduating she received both the Dean’s Choice Award and Award of Merit for the School of the Arts. She currently serves as an Executive Leader of Dance in the UVU School of the Arts Alumni Chapter. During her years with RDT, Jaclyn has been privileged to work with choreographers such as Danielle Agami, Nina Watt, Zvi Gotheiner, and Bebe Miller. She enjoys the opportunities she has had to help restage past work on the company and act as a temporary rehearsal director. Jaclyn is also a certified personal trainer and enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter. She looks forward to a long career in the field of dance, and thanks RDT for creating a wonderful environment that fosters creativity.