A study of the physiological demands of Brazilian zouk social dance on healthy adults / Simona Moravcikova (2017)

A study of the physiological demands of Brazilian zouk social dance on healthy adults

Author: Simona Moravcikova

Course: MSc Dance Science

Year: 2017

Keywords: Brazilian dance, Dance Science, Dance training, Dance--Physiological aspects, Social dancing, Zouk dance,

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Physical inactivity is presenting an increasing burden on the society. In order to tackle the lack of physical activity, international institutions developed guidelines targeting the maintenance of general health and wellbeing. Nevertheless, the need for physical activities which interest a wider public and reduce barriers to exercise is ever-growing. One of such activities was indicated to be social dance. In particular, Brazilian Zouk social dance is gaining popularity worldwide, yet its contribution to general health has not been observed.

AIMS: The main aim of this paper was to measure physiological demands of Brazilian Zouk and compare these to the existing international guidelines. Moreover, the data was searched for consistency between weeks and any differences between the male and the female participants. Lastly, this study looked at demographic background of the dancers to provide additional information for future research.
METHODS: The study recruited nine male (31.50,SD = 4.78) and seven female (29.57, SD = 4.96) recreational Brazilian Zouk dancers. These were fitted with Polar heart rate monitors during a social dance over three consecutive weeks. Additionally, each participant filled in a demographic survey.

RESULT: There was a statistically significant difference (p

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Moravcikova, Simona. (2017). A study of the physiological demands of Brazilian zouk social dance on healthy adults (Masters’ theses). Retrieved https://researchonline.trinitylaban.ac.uk/oa/thesis/?p=260