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ERIC Number: EJ1128415
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1529-0824
Imagery Exercises for Young Highland Dancers
Muir, Irene L.; Munroe-Chandler, Krista J.
Journal of Dance Education, v17 n1 p21-26 2017
Scottish Highland Dance (Highland Dance), known for its accompaniment of bagpipe music and traditional wearing of the kilt, has captured the interest of many dancers and spectators worldwide. It requires strength, stamina, coordination, and very controlled movements. Such intricate technique and movements can be difficult to master, especially for young dancers. "Imagery," defined as creating or re-creating an experience in one's mind (Vealey and Greenleaf 2010), is a mental skill capable of helping dance students deal with such challenges. Teachers play a critical role in their students' imagery process as their encouragement and implementation during practice have a positive effect on their dance students' imagery use (Nordin and Cumming 2006). This article draws from previous literature and the first author's own teaching experience to introduce imagery exercises to Highland Dance instructors, which can then be implemented with their dance students to improve overall performance. This discussion begins with a brief overview of the imagery literature and its contribution to performance. Next, children's imagery ability and the stages of cognitive development are presented. Imagery perspectives and modalities are briefly discussed, along with an imagery script related to these modalities. Finally, imagery types and corresponding teaching exercises specific to Highland Dancers 7 to 14 years of age are presented. Technique described in this article are based on standards provided by the Scottish Official Board of Highland Dancing (SOBHD 2008).
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Language: English
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