Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Trends in Dance Science and Dance Wellness-Related Education: 1990--97

Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Trends in Dance Science and Dance Wellness-Related Education: 1990--97

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Marita K. Cardinal, Western Oregon University

A continuing concern of the dance community is the improvement and maintenance of dancers' health and wellness. To this end, the Council of Dance Administrators, National Association of Schools of Dance, National Dance Association, and National Registry of Dance Educators all recommend dancers receive some training in dance science or wellness-related content. The purpose of this study was to determine what changes have occurred with regard to incorporating dance science or wellness-related coursework in U.S. higher education dance programs between 1990 and 1997. Specifically, this study addressed three research questions: (a) Are more schools offering science or wellness courses? (b) Has the number of science or wellness courses offered per school increased? And (c) what science or wellness topics are most prevalent? Using content analysis methodology, data were collected from program descriptions listed in Dance Directory 1990 and Dance Directory 1997-98 (443 undergraduate, 111 graduate, total). In these re sources, dance science or welluess-related courses were identified and coded under the following topics: (a) alignment; (b) anatomy and Kinesiology; (c) body therapies and somatics; (d) conditioning; (e) general health or wellness; (f) injury prevention; (g) overview of dance science; (h) physiology; and (i) psychology. …

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