The experience of meaning in circle dance

Borges Da Costa, Ana Lucia ORCID: 0000-0003-1124-0694 and Cox, Diane L. (2016) The experience of meaning in circle dance. Journal of Occupational Science, 23 (2). pp. 196-207. ISSN 1442-7591

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Circle dance, which derives from the tradition of folk dances, is practised worldwide. This article explores the meanings participants attribute to it. In-depth interviews with 39 participants, teachers and coordinators of teacher training programmes from the circle dance network in the United Kingdom were undertaken. Applying a constructivist grounded theory approach, major categories, representing respectively the experiences of circle dance participants, teachers and coordinators, were developed. This article specifically focuses on the first major category, termed “I can’t imagine life without it”, which relates to the experience of 22 dancers. From an occupational perspective, the study reveals how participants realise a sense of meaning and satisfaction through engagement in circle dance and the potential contribution of this occupation to well-being.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Circle dance, leisure occupation, meaningful occupation
Divisions: Faculty of Health and Wellbeing
Depositing User: Tracey Gill
Date Deposited: 11 Jul 2016 12:49
Last Modified: 13 May 2019 14:42
Identification Number: 10.1080/14427591.2016.1162191

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