Date of Award
Theatre and Dance
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.
Brewer, Mariah, "The Effect of Dancers’ Clothing on Perception of Performance Ability" (2018). Honors Theses AY 17/18. 19.