Dance, like people, ranges from countless different cultures, attitudes, and abilities. Dance can be considered a valued occupation for many. Research suggests that people dance for many reasons including: religious ceremonies/rituals; therapy; to improve intelligence, flexibility and cognition; and for entertainment. Other literature provides information on the types of dance, and the importance of occupation in a person’s life. However, there is little research on the meaning of dance. The purpose of this study was to gain an understanding of the meaning of dance to those who participate in dance team. Three participants were interviewed, in-depth, for the purpose of the study. The study used qualitative research methodology, including the analysis of transcribed interviews. Once the analysis was complete, five main themes were identified. The five themes included: keeps me healthy, performance, push to be better dancers and people, support system, and time. After the themes were identified, a more detailed description is given of the themes based upon current research. The Lifestyle Performance Model (LPM) including its four domains: intrinsic gratification, reciprocal interpersonal relatedness, societal contribution, self-care/self-maintenance were used to further analyze the five themes identified in the study.

Semester/Year of Award

Spring 2014


Peggy P. Wittman

Mentor Department Affiliation

Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy

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Bachelor Thesis

Degree Name

Honors Scholars

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Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy

Department Name when Degree Awarded

Occupational Therapy

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