Dancing beyond exercise : young people's experiences in dance classes

Gardner, Sally, Komesaroff, Paul and Fensham, Rachel 2008, Dancing beyond exercise : young people's experiences in dance classes, Journal of youth studies, vol. 11, no. 6, pp. 701-709, doi: 10.1080/13676260802393294.

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Title Dancing beyond exercise : young people's experiences in dance classes
Author(s) Gardner, SallyORCID iD for Gardner, Sally orcid.org/0000-0003-4290-2494
Komesaroff, Paul
Fensham, Rachel
Journal name Journal of youth studies
Volume number 11
Issue number 6
Start page 701
End page 709
Total pages 9
Publisher Carfax
Place of publication Cambridge, Mass.
Publication date 2008-12
ISSN 1367-6261
Keyword(s) young people
physical activity
dance classes
Summary 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 term. Encouragement of dance-class participation may offer an important strategy for health promotion as long as the physical activity value of dance classes is not promoted in narrow, bio-mechanical terms.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/13676260802393294
Field of Research 111712 Health Promotion
Socio Economic Objective 920599 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2008
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30017934

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Communication and Creative Arts
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