Journal of Behavioral Health and Psychology. 2023; 12(2):(329-340)


The Perspectives and Experiences of Women Who Attend a Mind-Body Dance Fitness Program: A Qualitative Descriptive Study

Tracy Hellem, Hanne Dolan, Megan Parker, Ruth Taylor-Piliae

Abstract
Physical inactivity is a growing concern among women across the world. OULA is a dance fitness format that includes a high-energy dance workout with intentional choreography to combine the therapeutic use of dance to promote emotional expression with physical activity. Qualitative methods were used to explore the experiences and perspectives of OULA among women. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with women, and content analysis of transcripts was completed. Themes identified were emotional expression; life management; community / social connections; judgement-free; and life skills. OULA appears to be a format that incorporates physical, psychological, and social health in a judgement-free atmosphere.
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