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Cultural background variables in dance talent development: Findings from the UK Centres for Advanced Training
Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.
Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.
Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences, GIH, Department of Sport and Health Sciences, Sport Psychology research group.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3428-6900
2013 (English)In: Research in Dance Education, ISSN 1464-7893, E-ISSN 1470-1111, Vol. 14, no 3, 260-278 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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This study is a qualitative enquiry into cultural background variables – social support, values, race/ethnicity and economic means – in the process of dance talent development. Seven urban dance students in pre-vocational training, aged 15–19, participated in semi-structured interviews. Interviews were inductively analysed using QSR International NVivo 7.0. Further deductive analysis revealed that the findings were in line with the Differentiated Model of Giftedness and Talent. Results indicated that social environments positively influenced dance students’ feelings of psychological well-being, self-esteem and motivation, which in turn supported the transformation of aptitude into dance talent. Social benefits, such as building close friendships, facilitated learning and encouraged persistence during more difficult periods of dance training. Economic support was an essential aid to talent development, providing training and performance opportunities, transport and physiotherapy. The study offers a preliminary indication that economic limitations may not only prohibit dance training but may also be related to lower perceptions of social support both in the home and in dance environments. Cultural values espoused in dancers’ homes encouraged the value of hard work and raised questions about the economic suitability of a career in dance. Overall, cultural background variables appear to have a major effect on dance talent development.

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2013. Vol. 14, no 3, 260-278 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:gih:diva-2331DOI: 10.1080/14647893.2012.712510OAI: oai:DiVA.org:gih-2331DiVA: diva2:538284
Available from: 2012-06-29 Created: 2012-06-29 Last updated: 2015-09-17Bibliographically approved

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