Dancing through high school : the experiences of high school females engaged In elite dance training
Friesen, Sarah Kathleen Louise
A basic interpretive qualitative research approach (Merriam, 2002) was used to investigate the experiences of adolescent females engaged in elite dance training while attending regular high school programs. Participants were five adolescent females from the local dance community of a mid-size Canadian Prairie city. Semi-structured interviews provided an opportunity for the participants to share their experiences and perspectives, and describe what it is like to dance through high school. Data were analyzed in terms of Kearney’s (2001) shared meaning and descriptive categories. The shared meaning of the dancers’ experiences reflected a common sentiment of mastery, accomplishment in both dance and school, and recognition of dance as a coping behavior and resource. Descriptive categories included two themes: The Daily Life of a Dancer (School and Dance Integrated) and The Social Life of a Dancer (School and Dance Separated). Findings are discussed in terms of the current literature on dance training and extracurricular activities for adolescents; implications are identified for counselling and educational professionals; and recommendations are made for future research.
DegreeMaster of Education (M.Ed.)
SupervisorNicol, Jennifer A. J.
CommitteeKalyn, Brenda; Humbert, Louise M.