Date of Award

Spring 4-28-2018

Degree Type

Honors Thesis

Department

Theatre and Dance

First Advisor

Jennifer Deckert

Abstract

The Effect of Dancers’ Clothing on Perception of Performance Ability

Mariah Brewer, Jennifer Deckert

Department of Theatre and Dance

University of Wyoming

Oral and Poster Presentation

Honors Program Rapid City, South Dakota

Dancers spend several hours a day training in studios where mirrors are present. Observations in the mirror serve as feedback for establishing line, unison, and clarity, and may also impact their perceived performance. As such, clothing may also influence perception of performance ability. This study explores clothing as a potential contributing factor to a dancer’s perceived self-confidence and performance ability while executing movement.

This descriptive research study is expected to have 8-10 participants and will ask participants to perform a two movement phases in a dance studio with mirrors under two different clothing conditions. Immediately following each of the participant’s performances with each clothing condition, they will be asked to take a questionnaire to evaluate their perceived performance. Participants will be asked to arrive a week later to view a video of each phrase for each condition and given the questionnaire again, after viewing their performance.

Although usable data has not been collected, a pilot study has been conducted. The hypothesis of the study is that the tighter fitting clothing option, compared to the loose-fitting clothing, and regardless of movement type, will have a negative effect on dancer’s perception of their performance ability. The data from this research will enhance current knowledge and promotion of dancer wellness, regarding psychological health and overall dancer well-being.

This research has been approved for use of human subjects by the University of Wyoming IRB.

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