Essentials of Dance Psychology (Paperback)

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The topic of sport psychology is hardly new—but Essentials of Dance Psychology applies it to dance in a way that sets it apart from all other sport psychology texts available to dance students, instructors, and professionals.

Through Essentials of Dance Psychology, readers will come to understand why dancers think and behave as they do and how to design healthy, creative dance environments that lead to both well-being and optimal performance.

The book is built on a foundation of evidence from dance and sport psychology research, with applied experiences used as examples throughout. Where appropriate, evidence from other areas of psychology—for example, cognitive behavioral therapy—is used. A thorough coverage of topics relevant to dancers, teachers, and others working to support dancers is included, making the book suitable for one slightly longer course or two short courses in introductory dance psychology.

The book is organized into four parts. Part I delves into dancers’ individual differences, examining how personality, perfectionism, self-esteem, self-confidence, and anxiety factor into performance and well-being. Part II explores topics related to dance-specific characteristics such as motivation, attentional focus, and creativity. In part III, readers learn about a range of psychological skills, including mindfulness, goal setting, self-regulation, and imagery. Part IV examines topics related to dance environments and challenges, zeroing in on the social aspects of teaching and learning dance, the challenges of talent identification and development, injuries, body image, and disordered eating.

Student-friendly textbook features in each chapter include the following:
  • Relevant definitions
  • A case study that shows how the chapter’s topics can be expressed or experienced in practice
  • One or more Get Practical exercises, which prompt readers to apply or reflect on the chapter’s concepts (These exercises come with either downloadable worksheets or audio, delivered through HKPropel Access.)
  • A roundup of further research needed in each content area, which can inspire research projects for students and professionals alike
  • Key points to reinforce the learning, with particular emphasis on applications
Materials available through HKPropel Access include downloadable worksheets, three audio files with guided exercises, vocabulary study aids, lettering art, and two goal-setting templates. In addition, an instructor pack provides chapter summaries, a course outline, a test bank, and a PowerPoint presentation package.

Essentials of Dance Psychology offers readers the opportunity to understand sport psychology from the vantage point of a dancer. The text will help develop dance teachers who are able to inspire and sustain high levels of performance and psychological health among dancers. It will also help other professionals who work with dancers to implement evidence-based practices that enhance and sustain dancers’ lives and careers.

Note: A code for accessing HKPropel is included with all new print books.

About the Author

Sanna Nordin-Bates is an associate professor at the Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences in Stockholm. She has taught dance and sport psychology courses for more than 15 years and has authored or coauthored over 40 journal articles in the area. Nordin-Bates has a PhD in sport and exercise sciences, with a focus on dance psychology, from the University of Birmingham. She is a chartered member of the British Psychological Society. She also has further education in cognitive behavioral therapy for elite sport and is a certified mindfulness instructor. Nordin-Bates has served as an applied dance psychology consultant for English National Ballet, the Royal Ballet Upper School in London, and the Royal Swedish Ballet School. She is a fellow of the International Association for Dance Medicine & Science and is a regularly invited speaker and guest teacher at a number of universities and organizations.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781718207554
ISBN-10: 1718207557
Publisher: Human Kinetics
Publication Date: October 24th, 2022
Pages: 352
Language: English