publication . Article . Other literature type . 2008

Dancing beyond Exercise: Young People's Experiences in Dance Classes.

Gardner, Sally May; Komesaroff, Paul; Fensham, Rachel;
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  • Published: 04 Dec 2008 Journal: Journal of Youth Studies, volume 11, pages 701-709 (issn: 1367-6261, eissn: 1469-9680, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Informa UK Limited
  • Country: United Kingdom
Dance classes in urban settings may have a role in health-promotion programmes seeking to increase physical activity amongst young people. However, little is so far known about the motivations, experiences or health outcomes of those participating in dance classes. This qualitative study of young people attending recreational dance classes addressed motivations, the nature of the class experience, and implications for health and well-being. Data show that young dance participants' experiences of 'the physical' are embedded in social, community/cultural or other values, and involve respect for older teachers and physical knowledge/expertise gained over the long t...
free text keywords: Sociology and Political Science, General Social Sciences, Life-span and Life-course Studies, Psychology, Self-esteem, media_common.quotation_subject, media_common, Qualitative research, Dance, Health promotion, Recreation, Dance education, Young adult, Social psychology
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