NotesFAQContact Us
Search Tips
Peer reviewed Peer reviewed
Direct linkDirect link
ERIC Number: EJ867670
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 56
ISSN: ISSN-0730-3084
Wellness Education for Dancers: A 15-Year Retrospective
Cardinal, Marita K.
Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance (JOPERD), v80 n5 p29-39 May-Jun 2009
The health and well-being of dancers is a critical but often neglected issue. Dancers face the pressure of extreme physical and emotional demands and lean body weight, which can result in musculoskeletal injuries, disordered eating behaviors, endangered health, and diminished artistic performance. Unfortunately, many do not receive adequate training to assist them in developing healthy life behaviors or the ability to deal appropriately with compelling pressures to conform to artificial standards. This article describes current wellness issues of dance students and includes an example for a Wellness for Dancers course, an historical review of developments in the fields of dance medicine and science, an analysis of the current status of dance wellness education in higher education dance programs, and recommendations for future improvements to enhance dancers' health and well-being. (Contains 4 tables.)
American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. 1900 Association Drive, Reston, VA 20191. Tel: 800-213-7193; Fax: 703-476-9527; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A