magie van ballet
magie van ballet

The Magic of Ballet

Dance, and ballet in particular, is known for its complex and coordinated movements that provide both physical and mental benefits. Previous studies have shown that synchronicity can release oxytocin, a hormone associated with feelings of connection and well-being. This research focuses specifically on whether and how synchronous movements, as performed in ballet, contribute to increased oxytocin production and thus promote health.
 

    General

    How Increased Oxytocin Through Coordinated Dance Movements Improves Wellbeing
    Dance, and ballet in particular, is known for its complex and coordinated movements that provide both physical and mental benefits. Previous studies have shown that synchronicity can release oxytocin, a hormone associated with feelings of connection and well-being. This research focuses specifically on whether and how synchronous movements, as performed in ballet, contribute to increased oxytocin production and thus promote health. Higher rise in oxytocin through dance, is expected to correlate with improved health parameters, such as lowered stress levels, improved mood, and lower blood pressure.

    Client
    CIMARELLE is a ballet school that wants to stimulate the creative development of children, thereby improving overall development. This involves disciplined work and teaching respectful interaction with others. Concentration, musicality, cooperation, fun and beauty are central values of the ballet school. By bringing out the best in each child and making each child come into their own in dance, CIMARELLE promotes self-confidence and thus aims to contribute to the personality development of children.

    Assignment
    Synchronous ballet movements lead to a significant increase in oxytocin levels, which in turn contributes to improved physical and mental health. This research may offer insights into how synchronous movement, specifically in ballet, can contribute to health promotion through biochemical changes. It may form the basis for further studies on group dynamics and well-being in the context of dance and other physical activities.

    Kick-off weekend
    The kick-off weekend of this think tank will be on Friday 18 and Saturday 19 October 2024. The kick-off weekend is a mandatory part of the think tank.

    Weekly meetings
    The weekly meetings start after the kick-off weekend and will take place on Tuesday evenings from 18:30-20:30, unless the group decides otherwise in consultation with the supervisors. The supervisors attend the meetings once every three weeks. 

    Study trip
    A study trip of three or four days is also part of this think tank. The dates and location will be determined in consultation with the group.

    Supervisor
    Maaike Cima, professor Orthopedagogics, family and behaviour

    Starting date

    To be announced
    Costs
    Free
    Main Language
    English

    Factsheet

    Type of education
    Practicum

    Contact information

    For more information, please get in touch with the programme director:

    Casper Kirkels
    casper.kirkels [at] ru.nl (casper[dot]kirkels[at]ru[dot]nl)