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ERIC Number: EJ851732
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1529-0824
Mirror and Phrase Difficulty Influence Dancer Attention and Body Satisfaction
Dearborn, Karen; Harring, Kathleen; Young, Christina; O'Rourke, Emily
Journal of Dance Education, v6 n4 p116-123 2006
The dance studio typically features a wall of mirrors; however, there has been little research on the pedagogical advantages and disadvantages of mirrors in the training environment. Psychological studies on objective self-awareness, the ability to see one's self as an object, suggest that the mirrors magnify this state. How this increased attention to self and self within the group impacts dance learning has not been significantly researched. This study examined 64 college dancers' level of attention and satisfaction with aspects of their body when learning and performing a simple or complex dance phrase, in a mirrored or non-mirrored condition. This 2 X 2 research design assessed how the presence of the mirror affected dance students' perceptions when learning movements of varying degrees of difficulty. (Contains 6 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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