Dance-related Scientific Articles


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Discussion in another thread led to mention of some scientific articles. I'm reposting a bunch of them (now with added links!) as well as additional ones I found during the search.

S.E. Gentry, Dancing Cheek to Cheek: Haptic Communication Between Partner Dancers and Swing as a Finite State Machine. MIT Ph.D. Thesis (2005).

S. Gentry and E. Feron, "Musicality Experiments in Lead and Follow Dance", IEEE Conference on Systems, Man and Cybernetics (2004).

S. Gentry and E. Feron, "Modeling Musically Meaningful Choreography", IEEE Conference on Systems, Man and Cybernetics (2004).

B. Bläsing, B. Calvo-Merino, E.S. Cross, C. Jola, "Neurocognitive Control in Dance Perception and Performance", Acta Psychologica (2012).

T.L. Chen, T. Bhattacharjee, J.L. McKay, J.E. Borinski, "Evaluation by Expert Dancers of a Robot That Performs Partnered Stepping via Haptic Interaction", PLoS One (2015).

H. Sgouramani, "In Search of Lost Time: Does Dance Experience Enhance Duration Estimation Performance?". University of Athens Master Thesis (2014).

A. Sawers and T. Bhattacharjee, "Small Forces That Differ with Prior Motor Experience Can Communicate Movement Goals During Human-Human Physical Interaction", Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation (2017).

A. LaViers, Y. Chen, C. Belta and M. Egerstedt, "Automatic Sequencing of Ballet Poses", IEEE Robotics & Automation (2011).

H. Sgouramani and A. Vatakis, "''Flash'' Dance: How Speed Modulates Perceived Duration in Dancers and Non-Dancers", Acta Psychologica (2014).

M.E. Selbach-Allen, K.L. McIlhany, and S.E. Gentry, "Optimization and Pose Selection for a Lindy Hop Partnered Spin", American Control Conference (2011).
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S. Brown, M.J. Martinez, and L.M. Parsons. "The Neural Basis of Human Dance", Cerebral Cortex (2006).

M.E. Hackney and G.M. Earhart, "Effects of Dance on Movement Control in Parkinson's Disease: A Comparison of Argentine Tango and American Ballroom", Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine (2009).

M.E. Hackney and G.M. Earhart, "Effects of Dance on Gait and Balance in Parkinson's Disease: A Comparison of Partnered and Nonpartnered Movement", Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair (2010).

B. Calvo-Merino, D.E. Glaser, J. Grezes, R.E. Passingham, and P. Haggard. "Action Observation and Acquired Motor Skills: An fMRI Study with Expert Dancers", Cerebral Cortex (2005).

E.S. Cross, A.F. de C. Hamilton, and S.T. Grafton. "Building a Motor Simulation de novo: Observation of Dance by Dancers", Neuroimage (2006).

G. Pichierri, K. Murer, and E.D. de Bruin. "A Cognitive-Motor Intervention Using a Dance Video Game to Enhance Foot Placement Accuracy and Gait Under Dual-Task Conditions in Older Adults", BioMed Central Geriatrics (2012).


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D.F.P. Granados and K. Kosuge, "Design of a Male-type Dance Partner Robot for Leading a Physical Human-Robot Interaction", IEEE International Conference on Mechatronic and Automation (2015).

B. Tarr, J. Launay, E. Cohen, and R. Dunbar. "Synchrony and Exertion During Dance Independently Raise Pain Threshold and Encourage Social Bonding", Biology Letters (2015).

H. Polkonen, P. Tolviainen, and M. Tervaniemi. "Early Auditory Processing in Musicians and Dancers During a Contemporary Dance Piece", Scientific Reports (2016).

M. Lolich, G.H. Vazquez, S. Zapata, and K.K. Akiskal. "Affective Temperaments in Tango Dancers", Journal of Affective Disorders (2015).

T. Feldt, V.V. Saxena, and M. Goel. "Interaction in Motion: Augmented Telepresence as a Tool for Immersive Dance Experience" (2014).


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S. Gentry and R. Murray-Smith. "Haptic Dancing: Human Performance at Haptic Decoding with a Vocabulary". IEEE Systems, Man, Cybernetics Conference (2003).

S. Gentry, S. Wall, I. Oakley and R. Murray-Smith. "Got Rhythm? Haptic-only lead and follow dancing". Proceedings of Eurohaptics (2003).

J. DeMers. "Frame Matching and {delta}PTED: A Framework for Teaching Swing and Blues Dance Partner Connection", Research in Dance Education (2013).

J. Hoelldampf, A. Peer, and M. Buss. "Synthesis of an Interactive Haptic Dancing Partner", 19th International Symposium in Robot and Human Interactive Communication (2010).

G. Sofianidis, M.T. Elliot, A.M. Wing, and V. Hatzitaki. "Can Dancers Suppress the Haptically Mediated Interpersonal Entrainment During Rhythmic Sway?", Acta Psychologica (2014).

M. Broth and L. Keevallik. "Getting Ready to Move as a Couple: Accomplishing Mobile Formations in a Dance Class", Space and Culture (2014).

D.D. Brown and R.G.J Meulenbroek. "Effects of a Fragmented View of One's Partner on Interpersonal Coordination in Dance", Frontiers in Psychology (2016).

A. Washburn et al. "Dancers Entrain More Effectively Than Non-Dancers To Another Actor's Movements", Frontiers of Human Neuroscience (2014).

Q. Meng, I. Tholley, and P. Chung. "Adapting Robot Dance to Human Preferences", Neural Information Processing (2012).

S. Ur. "System and Method for Social Dancing", U.S. Patent 8,779,908 (2014).


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One final installment before I close off this Internet rabbit-hole. In addition to skipping articles behind paywalls and most of those without a link in Google Scholar, I've also been skipping the pure sociology/ethnography papers, since IME they tend toward intellectual wankery:
"I think that blablabla. (X, year1) and (Y, year2) agree with me, while (Z, year3) disagrees. Z is wrong because $untestable-reasons."
"I spent three months attending Lindy Hop dances, experienced X and felt Y. Therefore, all Lindy Hoppers X because of Y."

F.J. Karpati, C. Giacoas, N.E.V. Foster, V.B. Penhune, and K.L. Hyde. "Dance and the Brain: A Review", Annals of the New York Academy of Science (2015).

M. Bertollo, M. Berchicci, A. Carraro, S. Comani, and C. Robazzo. "Blocked and Random Practice Organization in the Learning of Rhythmic Dance Step Sequences", Perceptual and Motor Skills (2010).

C. Baldari and L. Guidetti. "VO_2max Ventilatory and Anaerobic Thresholds in Rhythmic Gymnasts and Young Female Dancers", Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness (2001).

C. Guedes. "Extracting Musically-Relevant Rhythmic Information from Dance Movement by Applying Pitch-Tracking Techniques to a Video Signal", Proceedings of the Sound and Music Computing Conference (2006).

W.T. Chu and S.Y. Tsai. "Rhythm of Motion Extraction and Rhythm-based Cross-media Alignment for Dance Videos", IEEE Transactions on Multimedia (2012).

S. Dixon, F. Gouyon, and G. Widmer. "Towards Characterization of Music via Rhythmic Patterns", Proceedings of the Conference of the International Society for Music Information Retrieval (2004)

T. Shiratori, A. Nakazawa, and K. Ikeuchi. "Rhythmic Motion Analysis Using Motion Capture and Musical Information", IEEE Conference on Multisensor Fusion and ... (2003).

A. Miura, S. Fujii, Y. Yamamoto, . "Motor Control of Rhythmic Dance from a Dynamical Systems Perspective: A Review", Journal of Dance Medicine (2015).

F. Krebs, S. Boeck, and G. Widmer. "Rhythmic Pattern Modeling for Beat and Downbeat Tracking in Musical Audio", Proceedings of the Conference of the International Society for Music Information Retrieval (2013).

H. Tommi and T. Marc. "Learning and Synchronizing Dance Movements in South African Songs - Cross-Cultural Motion-Capture Study", Dance Research (2011).

A. Holzapfel and Y. Stylianou. "A Scale Transform Based Method for Rhythmic Similarity of Music", IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing (2009).

T. Opacic, C. Stevens, B. Tillman. "Unspoken Knowledge: Implicit Learning of Structured Human Dance Movement", Journal of Experimental Psychology (2009).

S. Samanta, P. Purkait, and B. Chanda. "Indian Classical Dance Classification by Learning Dance Poses Bases", IEEE Workshop on the Applications of Computer Vision (2012).

J. Verghese. "Cognitive and Mobility Profile of Older Social Dancers", Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (2006).

A. Miura, K. Kudo, T. Ohtsuki, H. Kanehisa, . "Relationship Between Muscle Cocontraction and Proficiency in Whole-Body Sensorimotor Synchronization: A Comparison Study of Street Dancers and Nondancers", Motor Control (2013).
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More articles I've come across in the past four months:

B. Schuller, F. Eyben, and G. Rigoll. "Fast and Robust Meter and Tempo Recognition for the Automatic Discrimination of Ballroom Dance Styles", International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing (2007).

F. Matzdorf and R. Sen. "Demanding Followers, Empowered Leaders: Dance As An 'Embodied Metaphor' for Leader-Follower-Ship", Organization Aesthetics (2015).

S.J Sebire, M.J. Edwards, J.M. Kesten, T. May, K.J. Banfield, E.L. Bird, K. Tomkinson, P. Blair, J.E. Powell, and R. Jago. "Process evaluation of the Bristol girls dance project", BMC Public Health (2016).

W. Tecumseh Fitch. "Dance, Music, Meter, and Groove: A Forgotten Partnership", Frontiers in Human Neuroscience (2016).

F. Bisset, "The Lived Experience of University Students with Visual Impairments and Their Sighted Partners' Participation in Inclusive Social Ballroom Dance", Masters Thesis (2016).

J. Pons, T. Lidy, and X. Serra. "Experimenting with Musically Motivated Convolutional Neural Networks", Content-Based Multimedia Indexing (2016).

K. El Raheb, A. Katifori, and Y.E. Ioannidis. "HCI Challenges in Dance Education", ICST Transactions on Ambient Systems (2016).

T. Brockhoeft, J. Petuch, J. Bach et al. "Interactive Augmented Reality for Dance", Proceedings of the Sevent International Conference on Computational Creativity (2016).

J.I. Martin. "Social dancing: What can it do for you?", Doctoral dissertation, Pacific University (2016). Abstract.

S. Roeder, C.C. Carbon, T.K. Shackelford et al. "Men's Visual Attention to and Perceptions of Women's Dance Movements", Personality and Individual Differences (2016).

D.L. Jacobowitz. "The Commodification and Appropriation of African-American Vernacular Dances", Masters' Thesis, University of Washington (2016).

P.F. Fan, C.Y. Ma, P.A. Garber, W. Zhang, H.L. Fei, W. Xiao. "Rhythmic Displays of Female Gibbons Offer Insight Into the Origin of Dance", Scientific Reports (2016).

Kathrin Rehfeld et al, "Dancing or Fitness Sport? The Effects of Two Training Programs on Hippocampal Plasticity and Balance Abilities in Healthy Seniors", Frontiers in Human Neuroscience (2017). DOI: 10.3389/fnhum.2017.00305

S. Lycouris. "Haptic Device as Choreographic Medium for Blind Dance Audiences", University of Edinburgh working paper (2017).

M.Xochicale, C. Baber, adn M. Oussalah. "Analysis of the Movement Variability in Dance Activities Using Wearable Sensors", Wearable Robotics: Challenges and Trends (2017).

F.J. Karpati, C. Giacoas, N.E.V. Foster et al. "Dance and Music Share Gray Matter Structural Correlates", Brain Research (2017).

M. Pisu, W. Demark-Wahnefried, K.M. Kenzik et al. "A Dance Intervention for Cancer Survivors and Their Partners", Journal of Cancer Survivorship (2017).

P. Aswal, S.K. Singh, and A. Thakur. "Generation of Electricity by Piezoelectric Crystal in Dance Floor", Proceedings of International Conference on Intelligent Communication, Control, and Devices (2017).

D. Luksys, and J. Griskevicius. "Quantitative Assessment of Dance Therapy Infulence {sic} on the Parkinson's Disease Patients' Lower Limb Biomechanics", Science -- Future of Lithuania (Mokslas -- Lietuvos Ateitis) (2017).

J.S. Larson and D.M. Billeter. "Adaptation and Fallibility in Experts' Judgments of Novice Performers", Journal of Experimental Psychology (2017).
Abstract: Competition judges are often selected for their expertise, under the belief that a high level of performance expertise should enable accurate judgments of the competitors. Contrary to this assumption, we find evidence that expertise can reduce judgment accuracy. Adaptation level theory proposes that discriminatory capacity decreases with greater distance from one’s adaptation level. Because experts’ learning has produced an adaptation level close to ideal performance standards, they may be less able to discriminate among lower-level competitors. As a result, expertise increases judgment accuracy of high-level competitions but decreases judgment accuracy of low-level competitions. Additionally, we demonstrate that, consistent with an adaptation level theory account of expert judgment, experts systematically give more critical ratings than intermediates or novices. In summary, this work demonstrates a systematic change in human perception that occurs as task learning increases.

D. Kunkel, C. Fitton, L. Roberts, R.M. Pickering, H.C. Roberts, R. Wiles et al. "A Randomized Controlled Feasibility Trial Exploring Partnered Ballroom Dancing for People with Parkinson's Disease", Clinical Rehabilitation (2017).

H. Wang, Z. Ji, G. Jiang, X. Jiao, W. Liu. "A Study on the Influence of Latin Dance and Tai Chi Exercise on Balance and Knee Joint Proprioception", preprint (2017).

F.T. Capilitan. "Instructional DVD Video Lesson with Code Switching: Its Effect on the Performance Level in Dancing Social Dance among Grade 10 Special Program in the Arts Students of the Phillipines", Journal of Language and Cultural Education (2017).

W. Pilch, L. Tota, I. Pokora, M. Glowa, A Piotrowska et al. "Energy Expenditure and Lactate Concentration in Sports Dancers in a Simulated Final Round of the Standard Style Competition", Human Movement (2017).

W. Zhang, Z. Liu, L. Zhou, H. Leung, A.B. Chan. ""Martial Arts, Dancing and Sports Dataset: A Challenging Stereo and Multi-View Dataset for 3D Human Pose Estimation", Image and Vision Computing (2017).

K. McCarty, H. Darwin, P.L. Cornellissen, T.K. Saxton et al. "Optimal Asymmetry and Other Motion Parameters That Characterize High-Quality Female Dance", Scientific Reports (2017).


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How on earth do/did, all those past/present judges survive without all of this knowledge to assist them ...:rolleyes:.

Adjudicating is an "impressionistic " endeavour and heavily weighted by and influenced by, ones own experiences .Dance at best, is subjective, hence the sometime disagreements in placings .


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How on earth do/did, all those past/present judges survive without all of this knowledge to assist them ...:rolleyes:.
Of course, one does have to be quite careful which articles one uses as assistance. I mentioned upstream that I've been filtering out most pure sociology/ethnography papers. Here's a particular example of a less-than-useless paper:

Someone got a 20-page journal article out of "analyzing" a five-second clip of swing dancing. They would have known this "analysis" was utter bollocks if they'd ever actually attended a swing dance weekend.... The thesis of the article is that fellow competitors clap to the beat for choreography and stop clapping on improvisation. Except that the convention is to clap along for the entire song, and the competition was a Jack&Jill, so the entire dance is improvised. The reason the clapping stopped in that clip was because everyone had a "Wha..." reaction to a major gaffe followed by a couple of seconds of fumbling around. The brilliant recovery that followed was the main reason this couple won the competition, because "teamwork" is a major judging criterion for Jack&Jills (another example of the phenomenon of a major error resulting in a win due to teamwork is the case of a follower falling and landing on her rear and the lead copying her "move" two beats later).
You'll notice that nearly all of the articles in my last post are from 2016 and 2017. I had no idea either that there was such a large stream of scholarly publications related to dancing.
I wouldn't be surprised if more were to be made in the upcoming years. Dance is a very interesting topic to tackle and discuss.

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