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A qualitative investigation of commitment to dance: findings from the UK Centres for Advanced Training.
Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences, GIH, Department of Sport and Health Sciences, Sport Psychology research group.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3428-6900
2014 (English)In: Research in Dance Education, ISSN 1464-7893, E-ISSN 1470-1111, Vol. 15, no 2, 138-160 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Commitment to an activity forms an essential part of the talent development process, yet little is known about the reasons why young people commit to dance training. The aim of this study was to investigate the factors that affect young dancers’ commitment to a selective dance talent scheme. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 19 committed dancers and transcripts were content analysed. Enjoyment was the most important factor relating to commitment, and stemmed from several sources such as self-expression, movement sensations and feelings associated with performing. Relationships with dance peers and teachers, parental support and the opportunities available on the scheme also enhanced commitment. While some potential barriers to participation were identified, such as concerns about injury, these seemed insufficient to affect the participants’ commitment. The results of the study may help educators to develop young dancers’ talents optimally by enhancing their commitment to training. [ABSTRACT FROM PUBLISHER]

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2014. Vol. 15, no 2, 138-160 p.
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Applied Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:gih:diva-3335DOI: 10.1080/14647893.2013.825764OAI: diva2:723681
Available from: 2014-06-11 Created: 2014-06-11 Last updated: 2015-09-17Bibliographically approved

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