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Research in Dance and Physical Activity - Vol. 6, No. 3, pp. 17-26
ISSN: 2951-4770 (Online)
Print publication date 31 Dec 2022
Received 07 Aug 2022 Revised 13 Aug 2022 Accepted 22 Aug 2022

Psychological Aspects of Dance
Jee Eun Ahn1, * ; Courtney Collins2
1Texas A&M International University, USA, Assistant Professor
2Florida State University, USA, Ph.D

Correspondence to : *Email address:


The purpose of this article was to review a range of psychology-related topics in dance including anxiety and dance performance, body image, eating disorders, and injury. While most of those were already present in the extant sport and exercise psychology literature, this article tried to discuss those as they specifically relate to dance and the psychology of it. Many findings showed overlaps with sports domains. For example, ballet dancers and other aesthetic athletes may frequently present body image and eating disorders issues. Psychological interventions can be very beneficial for group cohesion, self-confidence, and anxiety management. Educational interventions providing information on nutrition, exercise, and disordered eating are critical to decreasing depression, drive for thinness, body dissatisfaction, and maturity in dancers. Future research needs to examine the differences between dance styles, and further scientific research on psychological aspects of dance is required.

Keywords: dance, anxiety, body image, eating disorders, injury

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