The purpose of this research study was to explore the effects of a strength training curriculum on middle and high school competitive dancers in a studio setting. Two research questions guided the study. Q1 What effects does a strength training curriculum in a studio setting have on middle and high school competitive and performance-based dancers’ technique, balance and stability, and body awareness?
Q2 In what ways can the curriculum be specifically targeted to meet the needs of dancers with a rigorous schedule?
The instrumentation involved in this study included an entrance questionnaire, a pre- and post-curriculum evaluation rubric, and an exit questionnaire. The data suggested that participating in a strength training curriculum in a studio setting has a positive impact on a competitive dancer’s technique, balance and stability, and body awareness. Although there was a small sample size, unanticipated time constraints, and the study lacked a control group, each of the five participants experienced an increase in their evaluation rubric scores from pre- to post-curriculum. All the participants responded with positive feedback to the curriculum, and they all expressed eagerness to have the curriculum implemented in their training. Based on the results from the study, the researcher recommends full implementation of the strength training curriculum into an established dance curriculum for competitive dancers.
Strength-training; dance; curriculum; technique; weightlifting; studio; middle school; high school; ballet; jazz dance
Taplin, Monica, "Strength-Training Curriculum for Middle and High School Dancers in a Studio Setting" (2023). Master's Theses. 287.