Perceptions of strength training in dance

Farmer, Claire ORCID logoORCID: and Brouner, James (2021) Perceptions of strength training in dance. Journal of Dance Medicine and Science, 25 (3) . pp. 160-168. ISSN 1089-313X [Article] (doi:10.12678/1089-313X.091521a)


The aim of this study was to ascertain current perceptions of strength training in dance from the viewpoint of the professional dancer, dance teacher and student dancers across dance genres. A total of 168 responses (149=F, 19=M) to the modified Training Information Survey (TIS) were analysed for differences in perceptions of strength training between dance students, professional dancers and dance teachers. Some significant differences were found between professionals and teachers (p>0.05), and between students and teachers (p>0.001). In all instances, dance teachers were less likely to agree with; strength training is essential to my overall development as a dancer, Women should participate in strength training, men should participate in strength training, strength training should be part of every training programme regardless of dance style, strength training is beneficial to women and strength training increases bodyweight. It is evident that perceptions of strength training still vary across the dance sector and it is postulated that further education for dancers on the role strength training has to play on the development of a dancer would help to break down barriers to participation. From this investigation, it can also be concluded that the perception that dancers have a fear of muscle hypertrophy and a negative impact on aesthetics is no longer widely prevalent, although it still permeates throughout the dance sector.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Media and Performing Arts > Performing Arts > Dance group
Item ID: 31415
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Depositing User: Claire Farmer
Date Deposited: 24 Jun 2021 16:46
Last Modified: 01 Oct 2021 12:57

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