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

Gardner, SM, Komesaroff, P and Fensham, R (2008) Dancing beyond exercise: young people's experiences in dance classes Journal of Youth Studies, 11 (6). pp. 701-709.

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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, biomechanical terms.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Authors :
Gardner, SM
Komesaroff, P
Fensham, R
Date : 4 December 2008
DOI : 10.1080/13676260802393294
Uncontrolled Keywords : young people, physical activity, dance classes, health, OBESITY
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Additional Information : This is an electronic version of an article published as Gardner SM, Komesaroff P, Fensham R (2008). Dancing beyond exercise: young people's experiences in dance classes. Journal of Youth Studies 11(6):701-709. Available online at
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 10 May 2012 13:43
Last Modified : 05 Mar 2019 17:59

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