Dance, Health and Wellbeing: Debating and moving forward methodologies

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Chappell K, Crickmay U, Jobbins V, Redding E, Smith S, Stancliffe R

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University of Exeter

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This report documents the research project Dance, Health and Wellbeing: Debating and moving forward methodologies, a partnership between the University of Exeter, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, and Dance in Devon. The research was funded by the University of Exeter Wellcome Centre for Cultures and Environments of Health, and took place between September 2019-April 2021.

The research included a systematic literature review, focus groups with stakeholders in the field of dance for health, and a symposium.The research responded to three key questions:
What are the aesthetic, artistic and creative contributions that dance makes to health and wellbeing across the lifecourse?
What methodologies (mixed/innovative?) are appropriate for investigating these contributions?
How can findings challenge/respond to the impact agenda?

This document primarily reports on the focus group findings, and includes a summary of the rest of the research.

Main Focus: Wellbeing / Quality of life

Research Purpose: Discussion / Debate

Context: Community

Art Forms: Dance

Access Type: Free Download

APA Citation:

Crickmay,U., Stancliffe,R., Jobbins,V., Smith,S., Chappell, K., Redding,E. (2021). Dance, Health and Wellbeing: Debating and moving forward methodologies. UK: University of Exeter.