Motor control

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Pop dance, or popping, is a subgenre of hip hop dance popularized during the last decades, while its biomechanics is not well understood yet. This study aimed to understand pop dance motions through modular motor synergy analysis. Pop dance performance by three experienced dancers, measured with a markerless human pose estimation method, was analyzed with principal component analysis (PCA) to extract motor synergies. The synergies obtained indicated the movement complexity and specific motor coordination patterns of ten typical pop dance choreographies, with emphasis on elbow, shoulder, hip and knee contributions. The results will enhance our understanding of complex dance movements, making a step toward future applications to medicine or art.