Understanding and Applying Psychology to Dance
A review of Essentials of Dance Psychology by Janet Karin, Mentor, Reviewer, Author, and Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) Recipient for Services to Dance
As the first textbook published on the topic, Dr. Nordin-Bates’ Essentials of Dance Psychology is likely to become an exemplar for future publications. The content covers the requirements for undergraduate and graduate courses in dance psychology, with each concept presented firstly from a general perspective and then from a dance viewpoint. Well-designed diagrams, tables, forms, and case studies illuminate each psychological concept, placing the science at the heart of the dance experience.
Student engagement is embedded at every stage, with questions, downloadable forms, practical exercises, posters, and a separate student resource package. Instructors are also well supported by a comprehensive guide for instructors and a PowerPoint presentation package. The author acknowledges the formative role played by sport psychology research in the development of dance psychology and the theories examined in this textbook, but this is, without a doubt, a dance resource, written by an author with insight into both fields. As such, I foresee twin outcomes. First, psychology students will gain a sound understanding of both the conceptual and practical aspects of dance psychology. Also, I predict that dancers, dance teachers, and allied health professionals will welcome this book as a dance wellness resource that provides knowledge and strategies for those working with the dance community.
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