Effects of dance on anxiety

Percept Mot Skills. 1984 Jun;58(3):767-72. doi: 10.2466/pms.1984.58.3.767.


The study investigated the effects of modern dance on anxiety. State anxiety was assessed before and after a 3-mo. education programme, using the Spielberger State-Trait Anxiety Inventory. The target group followed a class in modern dance. Control groups were (1) a physical education group to control for the effects of exercise, (2) a music group to control for aesthetic sensitivity training, and (3) a mathematics group. Several concomitant variables were measured: age, sex, attitude towards dance, and previous experience in sport, dance, and relaxation. Dance training significantly reduced anxiety, but no control activities did so. Examination of the concomitant variables showed that the result could not be accounted for by any obvious artifacts.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Anxiety / therapy*
  • Dance Therapy
  • Dancing*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Music
  • Physical Exertion