The role of psychological factors in the career of the independent dancer

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10547/622273
Title:
The role of psychological factors in the career of the independent dancer
Authors:
Aujla, Imogen ( 0000-0002-1245-4670 ) ; Farrer, Rachel
Abstract:
Previous research indicates that psychological factors such as motivation and mental skills play an important role in relation to performance and to negotiating talent development stages. However, little is known about these factors in dance, particularly with regard to the independent dancer whose career may involve multiple roles, varied work patterns, and periods of instability. The aim of this study was to explore dancers’ motivation to work in an independent capacity, and the extent to which dancers’ psychological characteristics and skills enabled them to navigate a career in this demanding sector. In-depth semi-structured interviews were conducted with 14 dancers at different stages of their careers. Interviews were transcribed verbatim and content analyzed. Analysis revealed that the dancers were intrinsically motivated and highly committed to the profession. Working in the independent sector offered dancers opportunities for growth and fulfillment; they appreciated the autonomy, flexibility and freedom that the independent career afforded, as well as working with new people across roles and disciplines. In order to overcome the various challenges associated with the independent role, optimism, self-belief, social support, and career management skills were crucial. The mental skills reported by the participants had developed gradually in response to the demands that they faced. Therefore, mental skills training could be invaluable for dancers to help them successfully negotiate the independent sector.
Affiliation:
University of Bedfordshire
Citation:
Aujla IJ. Farrer R. (2015) 'The role of psychological factors in the career of the independent dancer', Frontiers in Psychology, 6 (1688).
Publisher:
Frontiers
Journal:
Frontiers in Psychology
Issue Date:
30-Oct-2015
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10547/622273
DOI:
10.3389/fpsyg.2015.01688
Additional Links:
https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpsyg.2015.01688/full
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
1664-1078
Appears in Collections:
Drama dance and performing arts

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dc.contributor.authorAujla, Imogenen
dc.contributor.authorFarrer, Rachelen
dc.date.accessioned2017-10-09T11:56:55Z-
dc.date.available2017-10-09T11:56:55Z-
dc.date.issued2015-10-30-
dc.identifier.citationAujla IJ. Farrer R. (2015) 'The role of psychological factors in the career of the independent dancer', Frontiers in Psychology, 6 (1688).en
dc.identifier.issn1664-1078-
dc.identifier.doi10.3389/fpsyg.2015.01688-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10547/622273-
dc.description.abstractPrevious research indicates that psychological factors such as motivation and mental skills play an important role in relation to performance and to negotiating talent development stages. However, little is known about these factors in dance, particularly with regard to the independent dancer whose career may involve multiple roles, varied work patterns, and periods of instability. The aim of this study was to explore dancers’ motivation to work in an independent capacity, and the extent to which dancers’ psychological characteristics and skills enabled them to navigate a career in this demanding sector. In-depth semi-structured interviews were conducted with 14 dancers at different stages of their careers. Interviews were transcribed verbatim and content analyzed. Analysis revealed that the dancers were intrinsically motivated and highly committed to the profession. Working in the independent sector offered dancers opportunities for growth and fulfillment; they appreciated the autonomy, flexibility and freedom that the independent career afforded, as well as working with new people across roles and disciplines. In order to overcome the various challenges associated with the independent role, optimism, self-belief, social support, and career management skills were crucial. The mental skills reported by the participants had developed gradually in response to the demands that they faced. Therefore, mental skills training could be invaluable for dancers to help them successfully negotiate the independent sector.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherFrontiersen
dc.relation.urlhttps://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpsyg.2015.01688/fullen
dc.rightsGreen - can archive pre-print and post-print or publisher's version/PDF-
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/*
dc.subjectpsychologyen
dc.subjectmotivationen
dc.subjectdanceen
dc.subjectW500 Danceen
dc.titleThe role of psychological factors in the career of the independent danceren
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Bedfordshireen
dc.identifier.journalFrontiers in Psychologyen
dc.date.updated2017-10-09T11:39:23Z-
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