Dance and Health Research Project Report

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McLoughlin L, Moss H, O'Donoghue J

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Irish World Academy of Music and Dance

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Research undertaken to develop a best practice model of dance and health continuing professional development for dance artists. Methods included interviews with experts in the field of dance training; consultations during three two-day workshops held in three different locations in the Irish Republic, and a review of relevant literature.

The review revealed relatively few published research studies on dance and health, but there was some indication than dance for health sessions may encourage better attendance rates than regular exercise classes. Dance interventions may also encourage increased social connections and improve quality of life. Report concludes that an accredited CPD course on dance for health is needed in Ireland across the range of one-day introductory courses, to Masters level training.

Evidence Type: Qualitative Research

Main Focus: Wellbeing / Quality of life

Research Purpose: Survey

Context: Community

Participant Group: Adults

Art Forms: Dance

Access Type: Free Download

APA Citation:

Moss, H., McLoughlin, L. and O'Donoghue, J. (2018). Dance and Health Research Project Report. Limerick: Irish World Academy of Music and Dance.