Many people have opposing opinions about how dancing relates and can influence an individual’s vocalization.
I’ll scientifically and unilaterally explain this.
I have 22 categories that influence breathing and vocalization. Let’s try to figure out who is right.(8)
Part 8 is “Dance”
This is story that the soprano singer had recently shared with me.
“When I took the lesson of the flamenco dance, I was not comfortable and sounded off when I let out my voice. When I changed the style of dance, and started taking Hula lessons, my voice returned back to normal. So, because of this issue, I’ve considered whether dance is good for the voice or not.”
I can compare the art of dancing with sports, because dancing is basically the same as an active sport.
There are two particular factors when dancing, which are not present in sports. They are as follows:
(1)The use of music
Actually, it’s difficult to determine that answer by evaluating only the above factors.
I studied the differences between the flamenco and hula dance and I’ve found a critical difference. Which is, the direction of applied forces in the active motion.
The hula dance uses slower smoother movements in a horizontal direction. Meanwhile, the flamenco is a faster and harder movement in a vertical direction. This vertical movement can cause problems.
I observed that the larynx moved up and down when she stepped and jumped while performing the flamenco dance. The reason is because the thyroid cartilage is suspended by the stylopharyngeus muscle, the stylohyoid muscle is in the air, and the throat hangs (just below the ear) down from the temporal styloid process.
The human body has “reflexes,” which happens when tension occurs in a muscle. This reaction rapidly prevents the muscle from damage when applying force to the muscle drastically. This reflex is a physiologically protective response, and also is true when relating the muscles of larynx.
For this reason, muscles when in suspension, contract reflexively at an instant when the larynx is descending.
This can occur with minimal movements. If you repeat a movement over and over again, the muscles of the larynx harden, due to the muscles contracting continuously, affecting the throat and the ability to sing.
Additionally, classical ballet also requires a lot of vertical movements, such as jumping and/or spinning. I do not think that these activities necessarily make your voice bad, but be mindful, many people’s voices have been effected when learning the flamenco or ballet dance.
These are pros and cons of how dance can relate and effect vocalization.
Note:People often ask me “Do people who perform ballet have a softer muscle in their throat, because their body is really flexible?”.
I cannot say that flexibility of the body necessarily corresponds to the flexibility of the throat. I’ve observed and treated a professional dancer, who also teaches ballet, that has a problem and suffers from hyperfunctional dysphonia.
In that case, I believe the flexibility of limbs did not directly link to the larynx or that specific disorder.