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How Does Dance Affect the Lives of Male Dancers of Different Ages? Tenaja David Kean University Abstract This paper examines how the lives of male dancers of various ages are affected by the art of dance. Dance, in simple terms, is the movement of the body for the purpose of exercise, releasing energy, expressing an idea or emotion, or merely enjoying movement. It affects various elements of life for many dancers: physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual. Five male participants, between the ages of 19-35 were all interviewed, and asked an average of twenty-three questions, that relate to how dance affects different aspects of their lives and why they chose to begin dancing. Results showed that in younger dancers, dance affects more social aspects of their lives compared to the older dancers. Physical and emotional factors were more prevalent in the older individuals. However, all aspects were important for all five participants. Dance helped transform the lives of each participant. Keywords: movement, dance, males, social, emotional, physical, spiritual, mental
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How Does Dance Affect the Lives of Male Dancers of Different Ages? There has been several research conducted on how dance affects both men and women physically, mentally, and emotionally. However, this research specifically targets male dancers of different ages (19-35) and evaluates five important aspects of their lives: physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual. This will be measured by conducting several interviews, asking questions that relate to: why the individual began dancing, what has dance done for them, how has dance helped them interact with other people, and whether dance has changed them or others around them. Viewing dance as a social interaction is important to the essence of dance. The social aspects of dance get to the core of the most comprehensive features of dance (Sanderson, 2008). Including variables such as gender, age, and well-being allows researchers to identify how a specific group of people are influenced by dance. According to Giurchescu, dance serves several purposes including but not limited to: strengthening ethnic identity, pre-marital interaction, social integration, and re-enforcing traditional rules of behavior (2001). As many researchers have found, dance relates to identity and influences how a person views themselves within society. Many people feel like through dance, they can enhance their self-esteem, which implies that dance can influence the psychological makeup of an individual (Hazzard- Gordon, 1983). There has been a great amount of research conducted on how dance has influenced people. Individuals have answers that show their deep love and passion for dancing. They claim that dancing gives them freedom and joy, allowing them to express themselves and feel unified (Alter, 1997). All aspects of an individual’s well-being are targeted in this paper. This gives insight into how dance can truly impact a person on a positive scale, regardless of socio-economic background, upbringing, or experience with dance.
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