Physiological Demands of Musical Theatre / Stephanie Pittman (2019)

Physiological Demands of Musical Theatre

Author: Stephanie Pittman

Course: MSc Dance Science

Year: 2019

Keywords: Dance physiology, Musical theatre, Physiological aspects - Dance, Singing -- physiological aspects,

Abstract

A musical theatre performer trains in numerous styles of dance as well as in acting and singing. There is an increasing demand on musical theatre performers to be able to sing while dancing in shows (Morton, 2015), The purpose of this research project was to examine the physiological demands of musical theatre in three conditions: singing, dancing, and singing while dancing. The variables examined included oxygen consumption, heart rate, minute ventilation, breathing frequency, and METS. It was hypothesized that there will be a difference in these variables between the three conditions. Eight full-time musical theatre university students (5 males, 3 females) volunteered to participate in this study. The dancers completed two trials of a set routine for the three conditions, in a period of two weeks. A maximal treadmill test was conducted to compare their aerobic capacity with the three conditions. This showed that musical theatre singing while dancing and dancing was a moderate intensity activity for most participants. The data showed a significant difference (p

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Pittman, Stephanie. (2019). Physiological Demands of Musical Theatre (Masters’ theses). Retrieved https://researchonline.trinitylaban.ac.uk/oa/thesis/?p=1248