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Mood changes following modern-dance classes

Andrew M. Lane (University of Wolverhampton), Ruth Hewston (University of Wolverhampton), Emma Redding (Laban Dance Centre, London), Gregory P. Whyte (British Olympic Medical Centre, Harrow)
Cite this article:  Lane, A., Hewston, R., Redding, E., & Whyte, G. (2003). Mood changes following modern-dance classes. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 31, 453-460.
Publication date: August 2003


Full-time dancers typically spend a large proportion of time participating in dance classes. The present study examined mood state changes following two contrasting modern-dance styles on a sample of full-time dancers. Twenty-three dancers completed the Brunel University Mood Scale (Terry, Lane, Lane, & Keohane, 1999) to assess anger, confusion, depression, fatigue, tension, and vigor before and after two different dance classes. One class taught was the Jose Limon technique style, characterized by light flowing movement, and the other class taught was the Martha Graham technique style, characterized by bound movements. Results showed that participants reported a positive mood profile before and after both dance classes. Repeated Measures Multivariate Analysis of Variance results indicated a significant interaction effect (Pillai's Trace 6, 15 = .32, p < .01), whereby Vigor increased following the Limon class but remained stable after the Graham class. Future research is also needed to investigate mood changes over a sustained period to evaluate more fully mood states responses to the demands of dance classes.

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