Participation motives for a holistic dance-movement practice

Vergeer, Ineke (2016) Participation motives for a holistic dance-movement practice. International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology. pp. 1-17. ISSN 1612-197X


Recent decades have seen the appearance of forms of physical activity where the emphasis goes beyond traditional exercise to include a striving towards holistic well-being. However, not much is known about what attracts people to these holistically orientated practices compared to typical sport and exercise participation motives. The purpose of this study was to explore the participation motives for a holistic dance-movement practice called 5Rhythms, comprising free movement within the structure of five distinct “rhythms”. Ninety eight dancers responded to an e-mail survey consisting of two open-ended questions querying them about what attracted them to 5Rhythms and what kept them dancing. A thematic analysis led to 10 motive themes, with freedom, safety, emotions, personal growth, spirituality, and social motives emerging particularly strongly. It was noteworthy that health and appearance-related motives were virtually absent in the participants’ accounts, while fitness was important for some but not others and tended to be marginal compared to other motives. It was concluded that the inherent holistic features of the practice are reflected in participants’ motives and that 5Rhythms may serve a sub-population with particular values and needs. This underscores the notion that the varied characteristics of different physical activity contexts self-select different subsets of people according to matching values and beliefs.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Date Deposited: 02 May 2017 02:30
Last Modified: 02 May 2017 05:55
Uncontrolled Keywords: rhythms; leisure; mind-body; spirituality; well-being
Fields of Research : 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1104 Complementary and Alternative Medicine > 110499 Complementary and Alternative Medicine not elsewhere classified
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1199 Other Medical and Health Sciences > 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 92 Health > 9299 Other Health > 929999 Health not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1080/1612197X.2016.1167759

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