Performance anxiety experiences of professional ballet dancers: the importance of control.

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10547/225753
Title:
Performance anxiety experiences of professional ballet dancers: the importance of control.
Authors:
Walker, Imogen J.; Nordin‐Bates, Sanna M.
Abstract:
Performance anxiety research abounds in sport psychology, yet has been relatively sparse in dance. The present study explores ballet dancers' experiences of performance anxiety in relation to: 1. symptom type, intensity, and directional interpretation; 2. experience level (including company rank); and 3. self-confidence and psychological skills. Fifteen elite ballet dancers representing all ranks in one company were interviewed, and qualitative content analysis was conducted. Results revealed that cognitive anxiety was more dominant than somatic anxiety, and was unanimously interpreted as debilitative to performance. Somatic anxiety was more likely to be interpreted as facilitative, with the majority of dancers recognizing that a certain amount of anxiety could be beneficial to performance. Principal dancers suffered from higher intensities of performance anxiety than corps de ballet members. Feeling out of control emerged as a major theme in both the experience of anxiety and its interpretation. As a result, prevention or handling of anxiety symptoms may be accomplished by helping dancers to feel in control. Dancers may benefit from education about anxiety symptoms and their interpretation, in addition to psychological skills training incorporating cognitive restructuring strategies and problem-focussed coping to help increase their feelings of being in control.
Affiliation:
Trinity Laban Conservatorie of Music and Dance
Citation:
Walker, I. J. & Nordin-Bates, S. M. (2010) 'Performance anxiety experiences of professional ballet dancers: the importance of control', Journal of Dance Medicine and Science, 14 (4) pp. 133-45.
Journal:
Journal of dance medicine & science : official publication of the International Association for Dance Medicine & Science
Issue Date:
2010
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10547/225753
PubMed ID:
21703084
Additional Links:
http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/jmrp/jdms/2010/00000014/00000004/art00002
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
1089-313X
Appears in Collections:
Centre for Applied Research in Dance

Full metadata record

DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorWalker, Imogen J.en_GB
dc.contributor.authorNordin‐Bates, Sanna M.en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2012-05-24T12:59:36Zen
dc.date.available2012-05-24T12:59:36Zen
dc.date.issued2010en
dc.identifier.citationWalker, I. J. & Nordin-Bates, S. M. (2010) 'Performance anxiety experiences of professional ballet dancers: the importance of control', Journal of Dance Medicine and Science, 14 (4) pp. 133-45.en_GB
dc.identifier.issn1089-313Xen
dc.identifier.pmid21703084en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10547/225753en
dc.description.abstractPerformance anxiety research abounds in sport psychology, yet has been relatively sparse in dance. The present study explores ballet dancers' experiences of performance anxiety in relation to: 1. symptom type, intensity, and directional interpretation; 2. experience level (including company rank); and 3. self-confidence and psychological skills. Fifteen elite ballet dancers representing all ranks in one company were interviewed, and qualitative content analysis was conducted. Results revealed that cognitive anxiety was more dominant than somatic anxiety, and was unanimously interpreted as debilitative to performance. Somatic anxiety was more likely to be interpreted as facilitative, with the majority of dancers recognizing that a certain amount of anxiety could be beneficial to performance. Principal dancers suffered from higher intensities of performance anxiety than corps de ballet members. Feeling out of control emerged as a major theme in both the experience of anxiety and its interpretation. As a result, prevention or handling of anxiety symptoms may be accomplished by helping dancers to feel in control. Dancers may benefit from education about anxiety symptoms and their interpretation, in addition to psychological skills training incorporating cognitive restructuring strategies and problem-focussed coping to help increase their feelings of being in control.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/jmrp/jdms/2010/00000014/00000004/art00002en
dc.subjectdanceen_GB
dc.subjectanxietyen_GB
dc.subjectperformanceen_GB
dc.subject.meshachievementen
dc.subject.meshadulten
dc.subject.meshAnxietyen
dc.subject.meshBurnout, Professionalen
dc.subject.meshCompetitive Behavioren
dc.subject.meshDancingen
dc.subject.meshFemaleen
dc.subject.meshHumansen
dc.subject.meshMaleen
dc.subject.meshOccupational Diseasesen
dc.subject.meshPilot Projectsen
dc.subject.meshQuestionnairesen
dc.subject.meshSelf Concepten
dc.titlePerformance anxiety experiences of professional ballet dancers: the importance of control.en
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentTrinity Laban Conservatorie of Music and Danceen_GB
dc.identifier.journalJournal of dance medicine & science : official publication of the International Association for Dance Medicine & Scienceen_GB

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