"My day-to-day person wasn't there; it was like another me": a qualitative study of spiritual experiences during peak performance in ballet dance

Flower, Lynda (2015) "My day-to-day person wasn't there; it was like another me": a qualitative study of spiritual experiences during peak performance in ballet dance. Performance Enhancement and Health, 4 1-2: 67-75. doi:10.1016/j.peh.2015.10.003


Author Flower, Lynda
Title "My day-to-day person wasn't there; it was like another me": a qualitative study of spiritual experiences during peak performance in ballet dance
Journal name Performance Enhancement and Health   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 2211-2669
Publication date 2015
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.peh.2015.10.003
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 4
Issue 1-2
Start page 67
End page 75
Total pages 9
Place of publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Abstract This study reviews spiritual lived experiences (secular and religious) reported during peak performance in the performing art of ballet. This review is located in academic discussions of mystical and spiritual experiences in the Western cultural tradition. A small sample of seven selected former professional ballet dancers was interviewed using qualitative research with an interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA) approach. The findings made evident four major themes: the peak performance lived experience was ‘extraordinary’; the experience continued in a ‘post-performance high’; the experience was described as spiritual; and an overall love for ballet. These findings not only confirm previous research but also provide in-depth insights into the spiritual aspect of peak performance in a way other studies in contemporary times do not. A summary table of the findings is included.
Keyword Ballet
Mysticism
Spirituality
Religion
Peak performance
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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