Optimization and pose selection for a lindy hop partnered spin

Megan E. Selbach-Allen, Kevin L. McIlhany, Sommer E. Gentry

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4 Scopus citations


Swing dancers often talk about using the laws of physics in performing their physically rigorous jumps, lifts, and spins. Do expert swing dancers physically optimize their pose for a partnered spin? In a partnered spin, two dancers connect hands and spin as a unit around a single vertical axis. We describe the pose of a couple by the angles of their joints in a two-dimensional plane and compare expert and novice dancers' actual poses to the approximately ideal poses generated from a biomechanical optimization model.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2011 American Control Conference, ACC 2011
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9781457700804
StatePublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameProceedings of the American Control Conference
ISSN (Print)0743-1619

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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