Using Heideggerian interpretive phenomenology, this study illuminates the lived experience of an adapted dance program for individuals with Down syndrome and their family members. The overall pattern from both dancers and family members was adapted dance: connecting mind, body and soul. The primary theme from dancer interpretations was expressing a mosaic of positive experiences, and the primary theme from family member interpretations was experiencing pride in their loved ones. The dance program provided dancers an opportunity to express their authentic self while experiencing moments of full embodiment in the connection of their mind, body and soul. While dancers experienced the connection of mind-body-soul, family members recognized the importance of this connection in their loved one. This research is instrumental in advocating for opportunities for individuals with Down syndrome to experience dance as a social, physical and intellectual activity that results in learning and increasing social interactions. The research findings from this study can support future initiatives for dance programs that may influence a population that has limited access to physical activity and dance. The study's teaching strategies, dance activities, class procedures and sequences, and feedback techniques can be used by other professionals who teach individuals with intellectual disabilities.
|Advisor:||Ellett, Marsha L.|
|Commitee:||Crabtree, Jeffrey L., Horton-Deutsch, Sara L., Sloan, Rebecca S., Stanton-Nichols, Kathleen A.|
|Department:||Health and Rehabilitation Sciences|
|School Location:||United States -- Indiana|
|Source:||DAI-B 75/05(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Dance, Health sciences, Kinesiology|
|Keywords:||Body, Dance, Down syndrome, Mind, Soul|
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