Date of Award
Union College Only
Bachelor of Science
spirituality, dancers, dance, compared, dancing
The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between dance and spirituality. It was hypothesized that dancers would demonstrate an increase in spirituality after five weeks of dance classes compared to non-dancers. Twenty-one undergraduates who took dance class(es) and 33 students who did not engage in dancing completed a spirituality questionnaire twice, and the spirituality difference was compared. Although the results did not support the primary hypothesis, the observed means in descriptive statistics based on two factor analyses indicated that the results were in the predicted direction. The dancers seemed to show an increase in spirituality, while non-dancers showed a decrease. Future studies with a larger number and with more variability of samples may contribute to investigating the relationship between dancing and spirituality.
Sakata, Nozomi, "Spirituality alteration following dance classes : does dance increase one’s level of spirituality?" (2009). Honors Theses. 1388.