The Effect Of Dancing On Subjective Experiences And Psychological State Of Dancers

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The first article I read was “Effect of Dancing on Subjective Experiences and Psychological State of Dancers” by Dagmar Hrusova. In the article, Hrusova explains that dance can help develop social skills and improve psychological health in addition to physical health, noting several other authors’ works on the subject. He shares the results of an experiment that was conducted with non-professional dancers of two different genres of dance; street and modern (ten of each) in his article. The purpose of this experiment was to establish the current emotional state and background of the participants before they started dancing and see if possible changes occurred due to the effects of dancing. The dancers were both male and female (six female and four male street dancers, ten female modern dancers) between the ages of 17 and 36, and the only requirement was that the participants of this study attend dance classes at least two times a week. The positive factors that were measured in this experiment were psychological well-being and activeness, and negative factors were anxious expectations, fears and sadness. Dancers were given a questionnaire as a pre-test and post-test before and after every class for a set period of time. The questionnaire consisted of 24 adjectives that described psychological experiences, feelings and emotional states that the dancers ranked on a scale of zero to four (zero meaning they never experienced the feeling at all and four meaning they experienced

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