Enhancing creativity and managing perfectionism in dancers through implicit learning and sensori-kinetic imagery

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Karin, Janet and Nordin-Bates, Sanna M.. (2020). Enhancing creativity and managing perfectionism in dancers through implicit learning and sensori-kinetic imagery. Journal of Dance Education. 20, pp. 1-11. https://doi.org/10.1080/15290824.2018.1532572
AuthorsKarin, Janet and Nordin-Bates, Sanna M.
Abstract

Ballet training is designed to develop creative, expressive artists. However, an explicit approach to technical instruction may not assist in the development of individual creativity and may encourage counterproductive perfectionistic goals. This paper describes a five-day intervention designed to enhance creativity in thirteen adolescent vocational ballet students at an elite ballet school in Stockholm, Sweden. The intervention focused on implicit learning and sensori-kinetic imagery. Wilcoxon Signed Rank Tests indicated significant increases for creativity perceptions and implicit sources of evaluation, and reductions in perfectionistic cognitions. Case study interviewees, representing the most and least perfectionistic students, reported heightened creativity, enjoyment and, in some cases, a strengthened sense of autonomy and self-regulation. The combination of quantitative and qualitative data forms a convincing case that even a short intervention based on implicit learning strategies and sensori-kinetic imagery can enhance perceptions of creativity and reduce perfectionistic cognitions in ballet class.

Year2020
JournalJournal of Dance Education
Journal citation20, pp. 1-11
PublisherRoutledge
ISSN1529-0824
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/15290824.2018.1532572
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85065207241
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