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Walter, Ofra; Yanko, Sivan – Research in Dance Education, 2018
Studies indicate that female dance students are more preoccupied with weight, eating habits, and body image than girls in the general population and are in greater danger of developing eating disorders. In this study, questionnaires were distributed to 90 females aged 15-30; 47 dancers or former dancers and 43 non-dancers. Consistent with prior…
Descriptors: Dance Education, Females, Adolescents, Young Adults
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Clegg, Helen; Owton, Helen; Allen-Collinson, Jacquelyn – Research in Dance Education, 2018
In the 'Western' world, dance is generally considered a feminised activity and gender traditionally tends to be drawn along binary lines. Traditional notions of idealised gendered bodies in dance are often valorised. Psychologically, girls are expected to be passive, by unquestioningly accepting the instructions of the dance teacher, whereas boys…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Dance, Dance Education, Teacher Attitudes
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Na, Kyung-Ah; Park, Hyun-Jung; Han, Seok Jin – Research in Dance Education, 2016
In this paper, we propose a community-based dance programme designed for North Korean female defectors in South Korea, with the aim of promoting their physical, psychological, and interpersonal aspects. We set up four research objectives: to look into social contexts of North Korean female refugees in South Korea, to identify the women's desire…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Dance Education, Refugees, Females
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Tsouvala, Maria; Magos, Kostas – Research in Dance Education, 2016
This paper describes a dance-based research project conducted at the Department of Early Childhood Education of the University of Thessaly. The main aim of the project was to explore the possibilities of dance in understanding the self in relation to the world, under the perspective of the transformative learning theory. The methodology applied…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Dance Education, Transformative Learning, Research Projects
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Sims, Meredith; Abel, Mark; Clasey, Jody; Beighle, Aaron; Fedewa, Alicia; Erwin, Heather – Research in Dance Education, 2016
This study sought to develop a system for observing dance activities in the classroom environment (SODANCE) based on the system for observing fitness instructional time (SOFIT). SODANCE utilizes direct observation to quantify the physical activity intensity of dance activities. Female students aged 11-17 years participated in an activity protocol…
Descriptors: Dance Education, Classroom Observation Techniques, Physical Activities, Females
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Tsintziloni, Steriani – Research in Dance Education, 2015
The purpose of this article was to provide a historical examination of the interplay between Koula Pratsika's dance school, its historical and social context and the formation of social categories of class, gender and nation in the 1930s as part of a greater project, that of the formation of upper class culture. This perspective reveals the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Dance Education, Social Class, Gender Issues
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Radell, Sally Anne; Keneman, Margaret Lynn; Adame, Daniel D.; Cole, Steven P. – Research in Dance Education, 2014
This qualitative study investigated the impact of the mirror on a dancer's body image. Two groups of students enrolled in beginner ballet classes were taught the same classroom material; one group was taught with mirrors, the other, without. At the end of the semester four students from each class were randomly selected to participate in a private…
Descriptors: Self Concept, Dance, Dance Education, Case Studies
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Martin, Rosemary – Research in Dance Education, 2013
This research investigates experiences of an international education in dance. Through the narratives of seven female dance practitioners from the southern Mediterranean region, who have trained in contemporary dance in Western cultural contexts, a multiplicity of encounters are illustrated. Two key findings emerged from the dancers' experiences.…
Descriptors: Dance, Dance Education, International Education, Females
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Spohn, Cydney; Prettyman, Sandra Spickard – Research in Dance Education, 2012
This qualitative study explored the use of metaphor within a somatic context as a means to bridge the divide between technique and expression in two undergraduate advanced intermediate ballet classes. Data included surveys, classroom observations, student journal responses and student work, as well as surveys and journal responses, one year after…
Descriptors: Journal Writing, Dance, Figurative Language, Student Journals
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Klockare, Ellinor; Gustafsson, Henrik; Nordin-Bates, Sanna M. – Research in Dance Education, 2011
The aim of this study was to examine how dance teachers work with psychological skills with their students in class. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with six female professional teachers in jazz, ballet and contemporary dance. The interview transcripts were analyzed using interpretative phenomenological analysis (Smith 1996). Results…
Descriptors: Stress Management, Athletics, Psychological Patterns, Feedback (Response)
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Connolly, Mary Kate; Quin, Edel; Redding, Emma – Research in Dance Education, 2011
The purpose of this study was to assess the physiological and psychological impact of contemporary dance classes on adolescent females. Fifty-five females, aged 14 were recruited from secondary schools in the UK. The intervention constituted a program of contemporary dance classes with an emphasis on building muscular strength. Full ethics…
Descriptors: Muscular Strength, Intervention, Physical Activities, Females
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Coleman, Lucinda – Research in Dance Education, 2011
For dance educators engaged in teaching choreography in Christian tertiary institutes, encouraging students to develop foundational compositional skills whilst exploring personal expression of the Christian faith is undoubtedly a challenging objective. In 2005, a Christian tertiary education provider in South Australia enrolled six female dance…
Descriptors: Postsecondary Education, Foreign Countries, Religious Factors, Writing Skills
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Dryburgh, Anne; Fortin, Sylvie – Research in Dance Education, 2010
The aim of this qualitative study was to investigate professional ballet dancers' perceptions of the impact of surveillance on their psychological and physical health. The theoretical framework was inspired by Foucault's writing, particularly his concepts of surveillance, power, discipline and docile bodies. Fifteen professional ballet dancers…
Descriptors: Body Weight, Dance, Well Being, Physical Health
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Ritenburg, Heather Margaret – Research in Dance Education, 2010
This paper explores the social construction of the "ideal" body of the female ballet dancer in North America. Specifically, the author constructs a Foucauldian genealogy tracing a body shape that came to dominate the principal female dancers of the New York City Ballet, and how this body shape continues to be normalized through…
Descriptors: Dance, Self Concept, Human Body, Females
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Pollatou, Elisana; Bakali, Nikoleta; Theodorakis, Yannis; Goudas, Marios – Research in Dance Education, 2010
Body image is considered to be an obscure, mental representation of body shape, size and form which is influenced by a variety of factors that operate over varying time spans. Research has shown that professional female dancers may face preoccupations with their body image and weight. The present study aimed to investigate how body image was…
Descriptors: Females, Dance, Self Concept, Body Composition
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