Climate change in the dance studio: findings from the UK centres for advanced training
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AbstractLittle is known regarding the stability of motivational climate perceptions, or how changes in climate perceptions affect performers. As a result, dancers' perceptions of the prevailing climate within both regional centers for talented young people and local dance schools were assessed longitudinally and in relation to dance class anxiety and self-esteem. Dancers (M age = 14.41, SD = 2.10; 75.7% female) completed standardized questionnaires approximately 6 months apart (Time 1 n = 327; Time 2 n = 264). Both climates were perceived as more task- than ego-involving, but talent center climates were perceived as more task-involving and less ego-involving than local climates. However, dancers found that talent centers became more ego-involving from the middle to the end of the school year, and this change predicted increases in anxiety. Changes in climate perceptions did not predict changes in self-esteem. Results point to the benefits of climates low in ego-involving features if dancers are to experience less anxiety around performance time.
CitationNordin-Bates, S.M., Quested, E., Walker, I.J., & Redding, E. (2012) 'Climate Change in the Dance Studio: Findings from the UK Centres for Advanced Training', Sport, Exercise and Performance Psychology, 1(1), pp. 3-16.
PublisherAmerican Psychological Association