Update on proprioception: considerations for dance education

J Dance Med Sci. 2009;13(2):35-41.


Proprioception is a topic of interest within the larger scope of dance pedagogy, science, and rehabilitation. As the science of proprioception changes, approaches to proprioceptive training also change. Thus, proprioceptive training in dance medicine has expanded to include balance protocols. A key concept within these protocols for treatment of lower extremity injuries is perturbation. Perturbation training is designed to evoke focal neuromuscular control at injured joint sites, as well as more global postural responses for overall balance and coordination. This article provides an update on the science of proprioception within the framework of postural control and balance. Specific practices from rehabilitation that integrate balance exercises into proprioceptive training are considered. Further research is needed to test the efficacy and utility of these exercises within the context of the dance studio.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Ankle Injuries / rehabilitation
  • Ankle Joint / physiology
  • Dancing / education*
  • Humans
  • Leg Injuries / physiopathology
  • Leg Injuries / rehabilitation*
  • Physical Education and Training / methods
  • Postural Balance / physiology
  • Proprioception*
  • Psychomotor Performance / physiology
  • Range of Motion, Articular / physiology