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Striving for Perfection or for Creativity: A Performer’s Dilemma?
Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences, GIH, Department of Sport and Health Sciences, Sport Psychology research group.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3428-6900
(English)In: Journal of Dance Education, ISSN 1529-0824, E-ISSN 2158-074XArticle in journal (Refereed) In press
Abstract [en]

The extent to which creativity and perfection can be considered compatible aims for dancers was investigated. Also investigated were how creativity and perfectionism are (a) nurtured vs. inhibited, and (b) related to basic psychological needs (autonomy, competence, relatedness). Seventy-seven ballet students (12-19 years) completed standardized questionnaires, and eight were recruited for interview. Additionally, five teachers were interviewed.

It was found that flexible perfectionistic strivings (PS) were seen to support creativity while rigid PS and perfectionistic concerns (PC) were seen as inhibiting. Creative work was proposed to reduce PC. Creativity appeared to be nurtured when basic needs were met and via inspiration and imagery; this was experienced more in contemporary dance. Perfectionism appeared to be nurtured when basic needs were thwarted or unsupported, and when teachers were perfectionistic. This was experienced more in ballet. In conclusion, dance teachers who support basic needs likely support dancers’ creativity and aid in perfectionism management.

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National Dance Education Organization, US.
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Applied Psychology
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Social Sciences/Humanities
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URN: urn:nbn:se:gih:diva-5552OAI: oai:DiVA.org:gih-5552DiVA, id: diva2:1280457
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Swedish National Centre for Research in SportsAvailable from: 2019-01-18 Created: 2019-01-18 Last updated: 2019-01-20Bibliographically approved

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