Relationships among interpretations of modern dance and cultural background

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Rosalind Calvert Lively-Berger (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Pearl Berlin

Abstract: The purpose of this study was to examine the perceptions of three different dance stimuli by three cultural groups. The semantic differential served as the technique for interpreting the perceptions of filmed presentations of three modern dances by a group of Africans, Americans and Asians. A review of literature focused on (a) communication in modern dance, (b) the communicative aspects of nonverbal behavior, .(c) biological unity, and (d) the semantic differential technique as a measure of the affective domain. The sample consisted of 124 volunteers recruited from the student body, faculty, staff, and community of the International School of Tanganyika during the first term of the 1981-82 academic year. The researcher collected the data during eight presentational sessions. The subjects completed a semantic differential response form after viewing each of the three films. The analysis of the data involved (a) computing Pearson correlations for the summary means for each film by cultural group as well as by the activity, evaluative and potency dimensions; (b) an analysis of variance among means for the activity, potency, and evaluative dimensions of the semantic differential; (c) post-hoc Sclteffé S tests where indicated; and (d) an analysis of covariance computed for the three semantic differential dimensions for age, sex, education, dance experience, and title. The D-statistic was also determined.

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Language: English
Date: 1983
Modern dance $x Interpretation
Dance $x Interpretation
Nonverbal communication

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