The Integration of Voice and Dance Techniques in Musical Theatre

Anatomical Considerations

Jennie Morton

Musical theatre performers are required to be proficient in the three artistic disciplines of dancing, singing, and acting, although in today's modern productions, there is often a requirement to incorporate other skills such as acrobatics and the playing of an instrument. This article focuses on the issues faced by performers when dancing and voicing simultaneously, as it is between these two disciplines where we see the greatest pedagogical divide in terms of breath management and muscle recruitment patterns. The traditional teaching methods of dance and voice techniques are examined, areas of conflict highlighted, and solutions proposed through an exploration of the relevant anatomy.

Journal Medical Problems of Performing Artists
Year 2015
Volume 30
Issue 2
Pages 71-77

Morton, Jennie (2015) The Integration of Voice and Dance Techniques in Musical Theatre: Anatomical Considerations. In: Medical Problems of Performing Artists, Vol. 30, No. 2, pp. 71-77. Available at


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