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Title: Association between selected physical fitness parameters and aesthetic competence in contemporary dancers.
Authors: Angioi, Manuela
Metsios, Giorgos S.
Twitchett, Emily
Koutedakis, Yiannis
Wyon, Matthew A.
Citation: Journal of dance medicine & science, 13(4): 115-23
Publisher: J. Michael Ryan
Journal: Journal of dance medicine & science : official publication of the International Association for Dance Medicine & Science
Issue Date: 2009
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2436/106625
PubMed ID: 19930813
Abstract: The physical demands imposed on contemporary dancers by choreographers and performance schedules make their physical fitness just as important to them as skill development. Nevertheless, it remains to be confirmed which physical fitness components are associated with aesthetic competence. The aim of this study was to: 1. replicate and test a novel aesthetic competence tool for reliability, and 2. investigate the association between selected physical fitness components and aesthetic competence by using this new tool. Seventeen volunteers underwent a series of physical fitness tests (body composition, flexibility, muscular power and endurance, and aerobic capacity) and aesthetic competence assessments (seven individual criteria commonly used by selected dance companies). Inter-rater reliability of the aesthetic competence tool was very high (r = 0.96). There were significant correlations between the aesthetic competence score and jump ability and push-ups (r = 0.55 and r = 0.55, respectively). Stepwise backward multiple regression analysis revealed that the best predictor of aesthetic competence was push-ups (R(2) = 0.30, p = 0.03). Univariate analyses also revealed that the interaction of push-ups and jump ability improved the prediction power of aesthetic competence (R(2) = 0.44, p = 0.004). It is concluded that upper body muscular endurance and jump ability best predict aesthetic competence of the present sample of contemporary dancers. Further research is required to investigate the contribution of other components of aesthetic competence, including upper body strength, lower body muscular endurance, general coordination, and static and dynamic balance.
Type: Article
Language: en
MeSH: Adult
Analysis of Variance
Dancing
Esthetics
Female
Humans
Linear Models
Male
Physical Endurance
Physical Fitness
Predictive Value of Tests
Professional Competence
Resistance Training
Upper Extremity
Vocational Education
ISSN: 1089-313X
Appears in Collections: Sport, Exercise and Health Research Group

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